Monday, June 19th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday June 19, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Early Monday morning, in London, a van veered into a crowd of worshippers who were leaving evening prayers at a Mosque. The motives are believed to be an assault on Muslims that London Ambulance service confirms left one person dead and injuring 10 others in what police are calling a “terrorist attack.” The police announced that one person who was restrained by others was arrested at the scene. There are reports that 2 others fled the van used in the attack.

2. Sunday, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, appeared on the Sunday morning news shows, disagreed with his client stating that “Make this clear, the President is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.” Yet, President Trump tweeted Friday that he is indeed under investigation. Trump tweeted, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” Sekulow stated, “He’s not afraid of the investigation — there is no investigation,” Sekulow said, adding, “there is not an investigation of the President of the United States, period.”

3. The Department of Defense announced Sunday morning, that the 7 sailor who were missing since the U.S.S. Fitzgerald was damaged after a collision with a Japanese container ship, were found in a damaged container aboard the American vessel. The U.S. 7th Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said at a press conference Sunday afternoon local time, “I ask that you [keep] your thoughts and prayers for the family members and the crew.” The sailors have been identified as
• Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia
• Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego, California
• Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut
• Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas
• Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista, California
• Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland
• Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio

4. Questions have arisen as to whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will recuse himself from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Rosenstein may have to recuse himself if he has to describe how his memo was used by the President to fire former Director of the FBI , James Comey. The investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has expanded to include a probe into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice with his firing of former FBI Director James Comey last month. The news comes on the heels of an interview with Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, that the President is considering firing Mueller.

5. The Pentagon is reporting that on Sunday, that U.S. forces shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet. The plane had bombed local forces aligned with the U. S. in the fight against Islamic State militants. This news military action seems to suggest there is an uptick taking in military force by the U. S. Per the Pentagon in a statement released, the pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, wounding several SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts “to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing,” according to the statement. The statement released said, “The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat. ”

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