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Senate Judiciary Committee opens investigation into Trump for firing former FBI Director James Comey

Source: The Raw Story

Senate Judiciary Committee opens investigation into Trump for firing former FBI Director James Comey

David Edwards
14 Jun 2017 at 14:02 ET

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

According to the report, senators want to know if Trump acted improperly when he allegedly fired Comey to influence an investigation into Russia’s hacking of the 2016 U.S. election.

“The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations,” Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said in a statement. “It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey’s removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/senate-judiciary-committee-opens-investigation-into-trump-for-firing-former-fbi-director-james-comey/

Massive fire engulfs London high-rise, leaving 'a number of fatalities'

Source: ABC News

Massive fire engulfs London high-rise, leaving 'a number of fatalities'

A massive fire engulfed a residential high-rise building in London on Wednesday, leaving scores injured and an undetermined amount of people dead.

The London Fire Brigade dispatched at least 40 fire engines, 20 ambulance crews and 200 firefighters in an effort to battle the conflagration at the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London.

A representative for the London Fire Brigade said there had been "a number of fatalities," but declined to say how many people had died.

"This is an unprecedented incident," London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale."



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/fire-engulfs-london-high-rise-400-fire-engines/story?id=48020634


Russian Once Tied to Trump Aide Seeks Immunity to Testify Before Congress

Source: The New York Times

Russian Once Tied to Trump Aide Seeks Immunity to Testify Before Congress
MAY 26, 2017

Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions, according to congressional officials.

Mr. Deripaska’s offer comes amid increased attention to his ties to Paul Manafort, who is one of several Trump associates under F.B.I. scrutiny for possible collusion with Russia during the presidential campaign. The two men did business together in the mid-2000s, when Mr. Manafort, a Republican operative, was also providing campaign advice to Kremlin-backed politicians in Ukraine. Their relationship subsequently soured and devolved into a lawsuit.

Mr. Deripaska, an aluminum magnate who is a member of the inner circle of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, recently offered to cooperate with congressional intelligence committees in exchange for a grant of full immunity, according to three congressional officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. But the Senate and House panels turned him down because of concerns that immunity agreements create complications for federal criminal investigators, the officials said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/oleg-deripaska-paul-manafort.html?_r=0

Fox News Retracts Debunked Story on Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich

Source: Variety

Fox News said it had retracted a story about the murder of Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee staffer who was killed in Washington, D.C. last July and which has provided fodder for Sean Hannity, the network’s longest-serving primetime host. Hannity has in recent days promoted a debunked theory that Rich was killed in exchange for providing internal documents to Wikileaks, prompting statements of outrage from his family.

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed,” the network said in a posting online Tuesday. “We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted. ”

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/tv/fox-news-retracts-debunked-story-murdered-dnc-staffer-184125665.html



Fired Balch Springs officer who killed Jordan Edwards faces murder charge

Source: The Dallas (Morning) News

Fired Balch Springs officer who killed Jordan Edwards faces murder charge

Jennifer Emily Tasha Tsiaperas

A fired Balch Springs officer faces a murder charge in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards over the weekend as he left a party.
A judge signed a murder warrant Friday afternoon. The officer, Roy Oliver, has not yet been arrested and could turn himself into authorities. Bond is set for $300,000. Murder is punishable by up to life in prison.

Oliver, 37, fired a rifle into a car full of teenagers as it drove away from a party Saturday night, striking the Mesquite High freshman in the head.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said he terminated the six-year veteran of the department for violating policies, though he has refused to provide specifics.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/05/05/fired-balch-springs-officer-killed-jordan-edwards-faces-murder-charge

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones loses child custody battle

Source: The Raw Story

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones loses child custody battle
Sarah K. Burris SARAH K. BURRIS
27 APR 2017 AT 23:46 ET

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lost his court battle against his former wife. After a 10-day trial in Texas, it was decided that he would not get custody of his three children.

According to a BuzzFeed report, the jury deliberated for about nine and a half hours and released the ruling late in the evening. Kelly Jones will continue joint custody of the children with the ability to decide where the children live. Before the case, she had joint custody but only limited and supervised visitation with the children living with their father.

Mr. Jones apparently sat stoic-faced, BuzzFeed said and refused to speak to reporters following the trial. Ms. Jones hugged her attorney and wiped tears from her eyes.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-loses-child-custody-battle/

Sources: Fox News Has Decided Bill OReilly Has to Go

Source: NY Mag

Sources: Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go

By Gabriel Sherman

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

Read more: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/sources-fox-news-has-decided-bill-oreilly-has-to-go.html

At least 12 dead in Texas church bus crash, police say

Source: ABC News

At least 12 dead in Texas church bus crash, police say


At least 12 people died on Wednesday in a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas, officials said.

At least three other people are injured in the accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS said that the bus was carrying congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas at a little after noon, when the accident occurred.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/multiple-fatalities-texas-church-bus-crash-police/story?id=46455949&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_headlines_hed

Sally Yates to testify before Senate panel even if she doesnt appear before House committee

Source: The Raw Story

Sally Yates to testify before Senate panel — even if she doesn’t appear before House committee

28 MAR 2017 AT 13:40 ET

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the election.

The Obama appointee was blocked from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee after its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), canceled this week’s hearings, where Yates had been scheduled to appear.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee’s vice chairman, told CNN that Yates would testify before a Senate panel even if she did not appear before the House committee.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/sally-yates-to-testify-before-senate-panel-even-if-she-doesnt-appear-before-house-committee/

Top Intel Dem Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from House Russia investigation

Source: CNN

Top Intel Dem Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from House Russia investigation

By Tom LoBianco and Deirdre Walsh, CNN

(CNN)Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, called on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation in a stunning split between the two top investigators.

"After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman's admission that he met with his source of information at the White House, I believe that the Chairman should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team," Schiff said in a statement Monday, following a meeting of the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The request marks a critical split between Schiff and Nunes, who had worked closely on the House investigation into ties between top aides to the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/politics/adam-schiff-nunes-recusal-russia/index.html?adkey=bn
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