Wednesday May 10th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

May 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Questions surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, Tuesday evening, are coming fast and furiously. Were the actions of President Trump a sham to stop the investigation into Russia, the Presidential election, ties between the Trump campaign and Russia? Will a special prosecutor be appointed to continue the investigation? Is this an impeachable action by the President? Why now considering it took this administration 18 days to fire former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn after learning that he had lied to the Vice President about his phone calls to the Russian Ambassador in December.

2. President Trump defended his actions explaining that the actions resulted from a memo drawn up by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who acted in an independent review of Mr. Comey’s job performance. According to Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for the President, that Trump was not even aware of the review until he received a memo from Mr. Rosenstein on Tuesday. It arrived at the White House with a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommending that Mr. Comey be fired. According to that letter Comey needed to replaced due the way he handled the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton. Yet in October, then candidate Trump praised the actions of Comey.

3. In other world news, on Tuesday, in South Korea, the newly elected Moon Jae-in, 64, was sworn in on Wednesday and vowed to immediately tackle the pressing problem of North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions and to soothe tension with the United States and China. “For peace of the Korean Peninsula, (I will) constantly be working,” Moon said after his inauguration Wednesday. “If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo. If the condition is created, I will also go to Pyongyang.”

4. In what is being called questionable timing, President Trump announced Wednesday, he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. ET in the Oval Office and will be closed to the press. The timing, the morning after firing FBI director James Comey, who was investigating Russian influence in the Presidential election in November. Yet the President, last week, refused to blame Russia for attempting to influence the 2016 election through hacking and other means, despite an overwhelming consensus by US law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

5. Tuesday, a reporter was arrested by West Virginia State Capitol police after bring persisted in asking a question to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Dan Heyman, who works for Public News Service. Heyman reports that after forcibly asking the repeated question of whether domestic violence is classed as a “pre-existing condition” under the health care bill recently passed in the House. Heyman reports that he reached past Price’s entourage with his phone and asked his question multiple times, until police “decided I was just too persistent in asking this question and trying to do my job and so they arrested me.” Authorities charged Heyman with willful disruption of governmental processes, a misdemeanor, and he was released later $5,000 bail. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia said in a statement, “This a dangerous time in our country. Freedom of the press is being eroded every day

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