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Trump accuses FBI of 'spending too much time' on Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida last week. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump accused President Barack Obama of failing to do enough to stop Russian election interference and belittled Representative Adam Schiff, of the House intelligence committee that is investigating Russia's actions.

Florida shooting: Donald Trump blames FBI's Russia probe for failure to spot suspect's warning signs

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Donald Trump said on Saturday that the FBI had missed the warning signs of the suspect in the Florida high school shooting because it had been "spending too much time" investigating his campaign's links with Russia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has come under pressure in recent days after it admitted it failed to act on a tip off it received about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. First it was revealed that the FBI failed to delve into a YouTube comment posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" that said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter." The FBI said it could not determine who made it. On Friday, the bureau said it had failed to act on a tip that Cruz had a "desire to kill people," disturbing social media posts and access to a gun. The US President has also faced criticism for not addressing the subject of gun control in the days after the shooting. Survivors of the shooting and relatives of the victims have demanded action after it emerged that Cruz was able to legally buy a semi-automatic firearm despite a history of troubling and violent behaviour. Mr Trump laid the blame at the FBI and the Democrats in a pair of tweets on Saturday. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018 The president travelled to Florida on Friday to meet privately with victims of the shooting and hailed the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did he address the debate over gun violence that has raged since Wednesday's mass shooting. At a rally on Saturday, a survivor attacked him over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the National Rifle Association and for overturning a measure implemented by former President Barack Obama that required extra scrutiny of some gun buyers with a history of mental illness.  "We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law," Emma Gonzalez vowed. "They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!" Florida high school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez calls on President Trump and lawmakers to tighten gun restrictions in impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/DgnqrrVs9x— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018 The FBI's acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump ally, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign. Mr Trump and other Republicans have heavily criticised the FBI. They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. 

Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group

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The teenage gunman charged with unleashing one of America’s worst school shootings had been trained by a white supremacist paramilitary group, and may have chosen Valentine’s Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz, 19, described by fellow pupils as a “weird and racist” gun-obsessed loner, has been charged with murdering 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an affluent suburb north of Miami, Florida. According to one of the group’s leaders, Cruz trained with Republic of Florida, which campaigns for a “white ethno-state”. Jordan Jereb said Cruz had probably relied on his training to carry out the attack, but had not been told to do so by anybody at the organisation. He said Cruz “acted on his own behalf” and was “solely responsible for what he just did”. Jereb also said Cruz had “trouble with a girl” and the Valentine’s Day timing was probably not a coincidence. It also emerged that Cruz had previously been treated at a mental health clinic, but was still able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle, and large amounts of ammunition, passing a background check in February 2017. Melissa McNeil, Cruz’s lawyer, said he suffered from autism. She added: “The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.” Immediately after the shooting Cruz went to a nearby Subway restaurant and bought a drink. Then he moved to a McDonald’s and “sat down for a short period of time,” local sheriff Scott Israel said. He then left and was arrested 40 minutes later. Cruz was placed on suicide watch in jail. Gun related incidents at US schools this year Donald Trump delivered a sombre address from the White House after the 18th school shooting in the country this year, but he avoided any mention of curbing access to guns. Instead, the US president said he would “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” and that there had been “so many signs” that Cruz was “mentally disturbed.” He added on Twitter: “Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”  Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said: “It cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening. We are going to take action. We must reverse these trends.” And Rick Scott, the Florida governor, said: “If someone is mentally ill, they can’t have access to a gun.” Barack Obama, the former president, said on Twitter: “Until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them [our kids] safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun-safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018 Survivors of the mass shooting also demanded action. David Hogg, a pupil who witnessed it, said: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” Another pupil named Sarah wrote on Twitter: “Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead, Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again.” Suspect Nikolas Cruz, left, with public defender Melisa McNeille, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court Credit:  Susan Stocker Last night, Cruz made his first court appearance, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled to his waist. Asked to confirm his name he told the judge: “Yes Ma’am”. He was ordered to be held without bail. It had earlier emerged that there had been a litany of missed warnings about Cruz. Last year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sent an email to its teachers telling them not to let Cruz on site if carrying a backpack, after bullets were found in his bag. This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows a weapon being held Credit: Instagram He was then expelled after fighting with the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend, according to a fellow pupil. On Sept 24, a YouTube user calling themselves Nikolas Cruz posted a message saying: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” It was left on the YouTube page of Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman in Mississippi, who immediately reported it to both YouTube and the FBI. The following day he was visited by two FBI agents, who took photographs of the post. Mr Bennight next heard from the FBI on Wednesday, half an hour after Cruz was arrested. An agent left a message saying: “If you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring…” Robert Laskey, an FBI Special Agent, said the message in September had been investigated. He said: “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.” Cruz was born in New York but adopted as an infant, along with his brother, by Roger and Lynda Cruz. Roger Cruz died of a heart attack when Cruz was a child. Students grieve after Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  Credit:  Joel Auerbach Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov 1 last year and he moved in with another family.  Jim Lewis, a lawyer for the family with whom Cruz was living at the time of the shooting, said: “There was no indication that anything severe like this was wrong. Just a mildly troubled kid who’d lost his mother.” However, fellow pupils said they had always feared Cruz would “shoot the place up”. Dakota Mutchler, 17, said: “I think everyone had in their minds, if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”

Obama calls for 'common-sense' gun laws after Florida school shooting

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Former President Barack Obama sounded off on Thursday following the deadly Florida school shooting, calling for "common-sense" gun laws.

How Congress and Trump stymied Obama's mental-health gun-control rule

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After the school shooting in Florida, President Trump emphasized the importance of mental health. But one of his first actions in the White House was to reverse Barack Obama's recommendation for a new regulation that would prevent people with severe mental health illnesses from purchasing guns.

Obama calls for 'common-sense' gun laws after Florida school shooting

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Former President Barack Obama sounded off on Thursday following the deadly Florida school shooting, calling for "common-sense" gun laws.

Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group

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The teenage gunman charged with unleashing one of America’s worst school shootings had been trained by a white supremacist paramilitary group, and may have chosen Valentine’s Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz, 19, described by fellow pupils as a “weird and racist” gun-obsessed loner, has been charged with murdering 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an affluent suburb north of Miami, Florida. According to one of the group’s leaders, Cruz trained with Republic of Florida, which campaigns for a “white ethno-state”. Jordan Jereb said Cruz had probably relied on his training to carry out the attack, but had not been told to do so by anybody at the organisation. He said Cruz “acted on his own behalf” and was “solely responsible for what he just did”. Jereb also said Cruz had “trouble with a girl” and the Valentine’s Day timing was probably not a coincidence. It also emerged that Cruz had previously been treated at a mental health clinic, but was still able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle, and large amounts of ammunition, passing a background check in February 2017. Melissa McNeil, Cruz’s lawyer, said he suffered from autism. She added: “The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.” Immediately after the shooting Cruz went to a nearby Subway restaurant and bought a drink. Then he moved to a McDonald’s and “sat down for a short period of time,” local sheriff Scott Israel said. He then left and was arrested 40 minutes later. Cruz was placed on suicide watch in jail. Gun related incidents at US schools this year Donald Trump delivered a sombre address from the White House after the 18th school shooting in the country this year, but he avoided any mention of curbing access to guns. Instead, the US president said he would “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” and that there had been “so many signs” that Cruz was “mentally disturbed.” He added on Twitter: “Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”  Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said: “It cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening. We are going to take action. We must reverse these trends.” And Rick Scott, the Florida governor, said: “If someone is mentally ill, they can’t have access to a gun.” Barack Obama, the former president, said on Twitter: “Until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them [our kids] safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun-safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018 Survivors of the mass shooting also demanded action. David Hogg, a pupil who witnessed it, said: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” Another pupil named Sarah wrote on Twitter: “Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead, Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again.” Suspect Nikolas Cruz, left, with public defender Melisa McNeille, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court Credit:  Susan Stocker Last night, Cruz made his first court appearance, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled to his waist. Asked to confirm his name he told the judge: “Yes Ma’am”. He was ordered to be held without bail. It had earlier emerged that there had been a litany of missed warnings about Cruz. Last year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sent an email to its teachers telling them not to let Cruz on site if carrying a backpack, after bullets were found in his bag. This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows a weapon being held Credit: Instagram He was then expelled after fighting with the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend, according to a fellow pupil. On Sept 24, a YouTube user calling themselves Nikolas Cruz posted a message saying: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” It was left on the YouTube page of Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman in Mississippi, who immediately reported it to both YouTube and the FBI. The following day he was visited by two FBI agents, who took photographs of the post. Mr Bennight next heard from the FBI on Wednesday, half an hour after Cruz was arrested. An agent left a message saying: “If you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring…” Robert Laskey, an FBI Special Agent, said the message in September had been investigated. He said: “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.” Cruz was born in New York but adopted as an infant, along with his brother, by Roger and Lynda Cruz. Roger Cruz died of a heart attack when Cruz was a child. Students grieve after Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  Credit:  Joel Auerbach Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov 1 last year and he moved in with another family.  Jim Lewis, a lawyer for the family with whom Cruz was living at the time of the shooting, said: “There was no indication that anything severe like this was wrong. Just a mildly troubled kid who’d lost his mother.” However, fellow pupils said they had always feared Cruz would “shoot the place up”. Dakota Mutchler, 17, said: “I think everyone had in their minds, if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”

How Congress and Trump stymied Obama's mental-health gun-control rule

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After the school shooting in Florida, President Trump emphasized the importance of mental health. But one of his first actions in the White House was to reverse Barack Obama's recommendation for a new regulation that would prevent people with severe mental health illnesses from purchasing guns.

Obama Calls For 'Common-Sense' Gun Laws After Florida School Shooting

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Former President Barack Obama called for “common-sense gun safety laws” a day after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 people dead and 15 others injured.

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Florida school shooting: Barack Obama calls for 'long overdue' tougher gun laws after 17 killed in Parkland massacre

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Barack Obama has called for "long overdue" gun safety laws to be implemented in the US after a 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage at a Florida school.

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