Washington Afternoon Update: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Charges 3 More Officers in George Floyd Case

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  • Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is leading the prosecution of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, has filed charges against three additional former police officers who were at the scene for allegedly aiding and abetting murder. Ellison is also elevating the charge against officer Derek Chauvin, who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck, to second-degree murder. (Star Tribune
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he opposes deploying active-duty military troops to American cities to deal with protests, telling reporters he does “not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” as Trump has threatened to do. Following the comments, which three sources said upset White House officials, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany did not say whether Esper had fallen out of favor with the president but noted, “As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper.” (Politico
  • The Trump administration selected five companies as the most likely to produce a COVID-19 vaccine, according to senior officials, a key step in the White House’s optimistic push to be able to deliver on a vaccine to inoculate the country from the coronavirus by the end of the year. (The New York Times)

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