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Deliberately set up?

Michael Flynn outside the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Unsealed

federal judge unsealed new documents in former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case. In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations he had with a Russian diplomat, but his lawyers say the unsealed material shows the government set up Flynn. “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” one FBI agent wrote the day of the interview. Another exchange showed FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked then-agent Peter Strzok about when the FBI required agents to warn Flynn that lying to them was a crime. Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, says the documents “prove Mr. Flynn’s allegation of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents.” Flynn has requested to retract his guilty plea after the U.S. Department of Justice asked for a sentence of up to six months in prison.

Lied

The Chinese government knowingly covered up the severity of the new coronavirus, according to a group of intelligence agencies from five countries. The Daily Telegraph of Australia published a scathing 15-page dossier from the “Five Eyes” group, which includes intelligence officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The group accuses Chinese officials of destroying laboratory evidence, silencing doctors, and refusing to provide live virus samples to international scientists working on vaccines. The memo also says the Chinese government endangered other countries by denying that the new coronavirus could pass from person to person.

Funded

Tom Moore, an English veteran who recently turned 100, raised over 32 million pounds ($40 million) for the U.K.’s National Health Service. Moore, born in Yorkshire, England, was recruited into the British army during World War II, serving in India, Indonesia, and Britain. His goal, announced on his fundraising page, was to walk 100 laps around his garden, aided by a walker, before he turned 100. He had hoped to raise 1,000 pounds to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. Donations flooded in, and he very quickly exceeded his target. Moore successfully completed his challenge, walking the last lap escorted by a guard of honor. 

Died

Don Shula took teams to six Super Bowls but once considered becoming a Catholic priest instead of a football coach. He died May 4 at his Miami home at age 90—not from the coronavirus, according to the Miami Herald. Shula won more games than any other NFL coach (347), led the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins to the game’s biggest stage six times, and coached the NFL’s only “perfect” season (the 17-0 Dolphins in 1972). But that’s not how he wanted fans to remember him. “I want them to say that he won within the rules,” Shula said recently. “I want them to say that we did it all the right way. Always the right way.