Friday May 19, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday May 19, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Friday, Sweden’s top prosecutors announced they are closing the investigation into the charge of rape against WIKI Leaks founder, Julian Assange. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday that Marianne Ny “has decided to discontinue the investigation.” Assange has been living at the Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 to stop any possible extradition to Sweden. Assange has been there ever since, fearing that if he is arrested he might ultimately be extradited to the United States. British police, though, said that Assange was still wanted in Britain for jumping bail after the Swedish government’s announcement.

2. President Trump took to his favorite mode of communication Thursday to decry the Russian – Trump campaign investigation being handled by the FBI. The President stated that a special prosecutor proves the country is divided and the actions of appointing a special prosecutor only divides the US more. Trump called the investigation a “witch hunt” and that there should be an investigation into, once again, Hillary Clinton.

3. Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution fellow, a close friend of former FBI Director James Comey, has come forward on Thursday, to speak about how President Trump crossed a line when trying to ask Comey for information on the Michael Flynn investigation. According to Wittes, Comey believed he needed to protect the investigations by the FBI from interference from the administration. Wittes states that, “Comey understood Trump’s people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function.” Wittes states he is not speaking for Comey but as a friend who saw the President trying to intimidate Comey via Twitter. Wittes states that when, in an Oval Office, presentation. Comey felt “disgusted” by President Trump called up for a handshake and a very awkward ‘hug’.

4. Friday, it was announced that former Congressman Anthony Weiner has plead guilty to charges relating to his ‘sexting’ with a 15-year teenage girl in August of 2016. Weiner was aware that the girl was underage, per interviews with the girl and her father, as well as a cache of online messages. Weiner will plead to a single charge of sending obscene material to a minor. The prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of about two years but Weiner’s defense team is asking for probation. Weiner must register as a sex offender, also.

5. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a briefing Friday morning to members of the House of Representative over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. According to Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts the meeting retained “considerable frustration” and that Rosenstein ” refused to answer a lot of questions.” In his opening statement, to the House, Rosenstein admitted that he knew before he wrote the memo on the faults of James Comey, that President Trump was going to fire Comey. Rosenstein wrote a memo that faulted Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal which the President originally used as the reason for the firing of Comey. Then the President, admitted in an interview with Lester Holt, that no the memo did not play a role that the President had made his mind up before the memo was ever written to fire Comey. The President called the FBI investigation into Russia’s role in the Presidential election, a made up excuse by Democrats for losing the election they should have easily won.

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