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Trump Tells Black College He Knows Unfairness

South Carolina event involved criminal justice reform
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 25, 2019 4:07 PM CDT
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President Trump speaks Friday at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Addressing the treatment of black Americans in the criminal justice system, President Trump told an audience at a historically black college on Friday that he's had his "own experience" with unfair treatment. Days after calling the impeachment inquiry "a lynching," Trump said in a speech at Benedict College in South Carolina that he's dealing with "an investigation in search of a crime." He added, CNN reports, "In America you are innocent until proven guilty." Trump received an award from the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center in Columbia. Although it was an official White House event, per the Post and Courier, Trump attacked Democrats, listed his accomplishments and asked for the support of black voters. The audience consisted of few students and mostly Trump supporters, per PBS.

Also Friday, impeachment investigators issued subpoenas to three more administration officials, demanding their testimony in the probe of Trump's efforts to force Ukraine to feed him damaging information about his political opponents. The chairs of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry subpoenaed two officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget: acting director Russell Vought and Michael Duffey, who oversees national security programs. They also subpoenaed State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, the AP reports. Investigators had asked all three to testify, but none has appeared. Brechbuhl is said to have been the source of a mysterious packet of materials given to House investigators. (New information emerged about the anonymous author of an anti-Trump oped.)


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