Wednesday June 7, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Wednesday June 7, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Wednesday morning, twin attacks took place Iran’s capital at parliament. In the attacks, at least 12 people in gunfire and suicide blasts in parliament and at the tomb of the nation’s Islamic revolution leader. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack in Iran is surprising as the capital has been considered safe from the attacks. Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told state television, that the attack took place after gunmen apparently dressed as women stormed the main gate of the parliament building in central Tehran and opened fire. Then the attackers took several hostages and at least one detonated a suicide bomb. All four of the attackers were killed by security forces.

2. Monday, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries severed ties to Qatar, declaring that the country was a source of terrorism. The other Arab nations announced that they are cutting off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base. Tuesday night, though, it was announced that Russian interference may have also played a role by hacking, once again, the country’s state news agency website and planting a fake news story. Officials tell that U.S. security agencies had gathered intelligence linking Russian hackers to the breach and are working with Qatar to validate the hack. It is also believed that Russia have created similar computer hacks by creating and disseminating false news articles have around election time in France, Germany and elsewhere.

3. Wednesday morning, President Trump announced via Twitter that he will nominate Christopher Wray to become the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wray worked for the Justice Department from 1997 to 2005. Wray worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2001, he served at Main Justice as an Associate Deputy Attorney General and, later, as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. n 2003, Mr. Wray was nominated by President George W. Bush as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division. He served in that position until 2005. After his service at the Department, Mr. Wray returned to private practice, specializing in white collar and internal investigations. Wray, 50, has been a litigation partner at the King & Spalding law firm, working out of its Atlanta and Washington D.C. offices, since he left the Justice Department in 2005.

4. The former US director of national intelligence James Clapper spoke Wednesday morning to the Australia’s National Press Club. His speech took a direct hit on President Trump and the Russian probe taking over Washington D.C. Clapper stated about the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia that, ““absolutely crucial for the United States, and for that matter for the world, for this presidency, for the Republicans, for the Democrats and for our nation at large, that we get to the bottom of this”. When asked how this investigation compares to the Watergate case that led to the resignation of President Nixon, Clapper replied, “I think you compare the two, that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we’re confronting now.” Clapper also stated that Trump’s firing of the FBI chief Jim Comey as “egregious and inexcusable”. Clapper insisted that here was no way the US and Russia could be allies, because Russia was “opposed to our democracy and values and see us, particularly the United States, as the cause of all their problems and frustrations”.

James Comey FBI Director, President Donald Trump

President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey

5. On the eve of the testimony of former director of the FBI, James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Pro Trump PAC group is airing an anti-Comey TV ad. The ad will share President Trump’s opinion that Comey was a showboat and was more interested in politics than in keeping America safe from terrorism. The ad blasts Comey’s time as the head of the FBI with the ad to be shown on cable news outlets Thursday as Comey testifies.

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