Monday June 12, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday June 12, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. President Trump continued to assail former FBI Director James Comey Sunday on Twitter stating, “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” Trump was still reacting to Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee when he admitted he had asked his friend to “leak” information to the press regarding the existence of memos written after President Trump would call or ask for a visit from Comey. Comey told the committee Trump demanded his loyalty several times and pushed him to end the ongoing probe in to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for communications with Russian officials and for acting as a foreign agent.

2. Monday, the attorney generals for Maryland and for Washington D. C will sue President Donald Trump for the reasons of violating anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House. The suit is based on the Constitution’s emoluments clause which makes it illegal to receive valuables from foreign nations. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) say Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests. The lawsuit alleges that ““Fundamental to a President’s fidelity to [faithfully execute his oath of office] is the Constitution’s demand that the President … disentangle his private finances from those of domestic and foreign powers. Never before has a President acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription.”

3. In sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators to win the Stanley Cup repeating their championship season from last year. The Pens won the cup in Nashville beating the Predators 2-0. The Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team in almost 20 years to win back-to-back championships.

4. In Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state in a non-binding referendum Sunday are claiming what voters want to gain equal rights as American citizens. Governor Ricardo Rosselló of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party said in a statement Sunday. “It will be up to this new generation of Puerto Ricans to demand and claim in Washington the end of the current improper colonial relationship, and begin a transition process to fully incorporate Puerto Rico as the next state of the Union.”

5. A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site’s comments. The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media. Human rights campaigners have expressed concern. Facebook has not issued a statement regarding the sentence imposed by the courts.

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