2017 Archives

JAMES COMEY
Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump and that there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the president's actions. Comey's comments in an ABC News exclusive interview that aired Sunday were almost certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling. Comey said he thinks President Trump is "unfit" to be president, saying: "A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.”
-- Comey says President Trump asked him to investigate the salacious allegations from the so-called “dossier” to "prove that it didn't happen" and said it would be "terrible" if his wife Melania Trump would believe them to be true.
-- Comey says his decision to announce that the FBI was going to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump and his desire to make sure that the election results were viewed as legitimate.
-- Comey said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is "not on anybody's side". "The American people can have complete confidence in Robert Mueller,” Comey said. “He does not care about anything except the truth.”
-- The exclusive interview comes ahead of the April 17 release of Comey's book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”
-- Hours before the interview aired, the president, who fired Comey last year, unleashed a Twitter outburst that labeled Comey "slippery," suggested he should be put in jail and branded him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" 
--“The American people can have complete confidence in Robert Mueller,” Comey said. “He's not on anybody's side. He does not care about anything except the truth,”

BARBARA BUSH
Former first lady Barbara Bush is in what a family spokesman calls "failing health," after several hospitalizations over the past year for chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.  A statement from the office of George H.W. Bush says Mrs. Bush has had a series of hospitalizations but has decided to not seek additional medical treatment and will focus on comfort care. Mrs. Bush is 92 years old. Sources say Barbara Bush is at home; family began gathering on Wednesday to be with her. A White House statement says “The President’s and First Lady’s prayers are with all of the Bush Family during this time.”

TRUMP/COHEN
President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is due in a New York courtroom today, where he is fighting to retain control of materials seized in an FBI raid last week. Citing attorney-client privilege, Cohen is trying to convince a judge to let him review the files seized last week before federal prosecutors get to read them. The raids were part of a "months long" investigation led by public corruption prosecutors who had already secretly obtained Cohen's email. The judge was irritated Cohen wasn't in court Friday and ordered him to appear to answer questions about his law practice. Prosecutors argue he has no clients other than Mr. Trump and has been more fixer than lawyer.
Representatives for President Trump have requested that he be able to review the documents, also citing attorney-client privilege.  
The adult film actress who received a 130-thousand dollar hush payment from Cohen is not a part of Monday's court hearing, but her attorney says Stormy Daniels will be in court.

SYRIA
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Russia's president Vladimir Putin warns any further airstrikes on Syria could lead to "international chaos" according to a Kremlin statement. British Prime Minister Theresa May says in a Sun newspaper op-ed "I was absolutely certain that it was the right and legal thing to do — and at the right time." President Trump defends using the term "Mission Accomplished" for the coalition airstrikes on Syria.
--US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the United States intends to impose new economic sanctions on Russia for enabling the Syrian government of Bashar Assad and its chemical weapons program. The ambassador to the U.N. said Russia has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. President Donald Trump on Sunday said a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out."

SEVERE WEATHER
-- A suspected tornado tore through Greensboro, North Carolina Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a lot of property damage and power outages.
--In rural Virginia, roughly two dozen homes were lost or severely damaged in a tornado that touched down in the town of Elon Sunday evening. Six people were taken to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries. Since Friday, there have been at least 19 reported tornadoes in 6 states.
-- Hundreds of crashes in Minnesota over the weekend, after a blizzard hit the Midwest. The major storm will continue to move slowly to the east over the next 24 hours. The focus will shift to heavy rain heavy into the Northeast Monday morning and lingering icy conditions from upstate NY into northern New England. 

STARBUCKS
Demonstrators showed up outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia Sunday, 3 days after arrests at the store caught on video went viral.  Two black men were taken into custody at the Starbucks on Thursday, after police said the manager asked them to leave because they hadn't bought anything and asked to use the restroom. An attorney for the two men said they were waiting for a third person to arrive for a business meeting at the cafe.

KY TEACHERS
An apology from the governor of Kentucky over what he said about the consequences of a teacher strike. Gov. Matt Bevin said Friday that protesting teachers exposed some children to sex assault, physical harm or poison because there was nobody to watch them......Bevin issuing a video statement on Facebook Sunday, saying "I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said - it was not my intent whatsoever."

BILL COSBY
Bill Cosby's main accuser returns to the witness stand Monday for cross-examination in the comedian's sexual assault retrial. Andrea Constand testified Friday that Cosby drugged and forced himself on her  at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

BOSTON MARATHON
Runners hit the streets for the annual Boston Marathon, a day after the city commemorated the 5th anniversary of the fatal Boston marathon bombing. 

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