Monday March 20, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday March 20, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Update: FBI Director admits they are investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI is investigating alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign. Comey also stated they are looking at any crimes may have been committed during last year’s election campaign. Comey also admitted that President Obama did not “wiretap” the Trump Tower.
Comey said in his opening statement before the House Intelligence that “that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

1. Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, announced Monday morning will invoke Article 50 on March 28, to begin the business of Britain leaving the European Union. According to the Prime Minister’s office, it is expected that the remaining 27 EU member states will agree their terms and for there to be an initial response within 48 hours of the trigger of article 50. The European Union leaders, have specified that they would like to wrap up the Brexit option within 18 to 24 months. The Brexit secretary, David Davis confirmed the date stating that, ““The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.”

2. President Trump is facing a week that could make or break his presidency. First, Congressional hearings are set for 9 a.m. when FBI Director James Comey will appear to testify as to whether there is any evidence that Russia had direct dealings with the Trump campaign and Comey will answer to the President’s assertion that President Obama ‘wiretapped’ Trump Tower during the campaign for President against Hillary Clinton. The intelligence community stated in January that Russia did work against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by using WikiLeaks to publish private emails that were stolen and that Russia wanted to help Trump win, yet President Trump has been skeptical about those results. The hearings should help to understand former National Security adviser Michael Flynn role with Russia and has a paid agent for another country. The hearings may even touch on former campaign director Paul Manafort’s role in the campaign and his former ties to the Ukraine.

3. On Capitol Hill, today the confirmation hearings will begin for President Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Court. Gorsuch is considered by conservatives to be in the model of former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia, who passed away over a year ago. Democrats are angry that the Trump nominee is being presented for confirmation when President Obama’s choice, Merrick Garland. Democrats are angry as they see Gorsuch being given a seat that was stolen from the Democratic President.

4. After the State Visit by Angela Merkel of Germany, President Trump tweeted that Germany owes “vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Germany responded to the President’s tweet stating that “there is no debt account in NATO. To relate the 2% defense spending that we want to reach in the next decade solely to NATO is wrong. Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister, also stated that” the defense spending also goes to UN-peace mission, into European missions and towards our contributions to the fight against ISIS terrorism.”

5. Monday, oil prices fell around 1 percent as investors speculation that the drilling of oil in the United States has worked to reduce the price of crude as opposed to OPEC’s policy of cutting back on supply to raise the price on a barrel of crude. Reuters reported that, “Growing U.S. production is playing into concerns about the effectiveness of the deal to cut production by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC members.” Continuing the news serviced also stated that, “The prospect of higher output from Libya, which is exempt from the deal, is adding further bearish sentiment.”

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