Thursday May 11, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday May 11, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. The fallout continues for President Trump after his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Wednesday, Democrats and some Republicans calling for an independent prosecutor to continue the work that Comey was fired for; exploring any ties between Russia and Trump campaign officials. Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced that retired General Michael Flynn was subpoenaed to turn over documents relating to his work as a consultant for his Russian business interests. Also subpoenaed were Trump advisors Roger Stone and former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

2. Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary, was booed and yelled at as she tried to speak at the Bethune-Cookman University. DeVos powered through her speech but those in attendance also turned their backs to the Education Secretary. As the crowd kept trying to shout her down, university president Edison Jackson briefly took over the microphone to sternly lecture the class of 2017. “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go,” Jackson warned. DeVos stated that “I am here to demonstrate in the most direct way possible that I and the administration are fully committed to your success and to the success of every student across this great country.”

3. Appearing on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe rejected the White House criticism that rank-and-file agents had lost faith in the bureau’s former leader, James B. Comey. When Mr. Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, White House officials said that Mr. Comey had lost the confidence of agents. “That is not accurate,” Mr. McCabe testified, adding that serving with Mr. Comey had been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life. Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” Mr. McCabe said. “I can confidently tell you that the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”

4. Wednesday morning, President Trump, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the US, but did not allow American press corps in to photograph or to ask questions about the meeting but the White House did allow Russian state news media photographers into the meeting. The photos were then posted to were ultimately posted by Russia’s news agency, TASS. The photo was then used to troll President Trump and the White House with ironic text on social media. Meanwhile, in the U.S, many are questioning the President’s motives behind the meeting considering the FBI investigation into the matter of Russia interfering with the Presidential election. Also questionable is the fact that Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak is under investigation for his part in meeting with Trump campaign advisers.

5. Workers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans before dawn Thursday as police officers encircled the monument and kept watch on protesters. The statue was the second of four Confederate monuments removed.

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