(Washington, DC-AP) – The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing President Trump of “witness intimidation, in real time.”
During a break in testimony in the latest public House impeachment hearing, California Democrat Adam Schiff suggested that a tweet from Trump, during the hearing, was designed to have a chilling effect on witness testimony. Trump attacked testimony from former U.S.-Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Trump tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” Asked to respond to the tweet, Yovanovitch defended her long service as a U.S. diplomat. She said — “I actually think that where I’ve served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better, for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in.”
Yovanovitch also said it is important for Ukraine to “move out of Russia’s orbit.” The veteran diplomat said Russian influences have fueled considerable corruption in Ukraine. She alleged that “foreign and corrupt interests” have “hijacked” U.S.-Ukraine policy. She also argued that the State Department has been “hollowed out from within.”
Yovanovitch was recalled earlier this year after running afoul of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was conducting unofficial diplomacy in Ukraine. Giuliani was pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation of Democrats.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are reacting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy says the transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president is “devastating.” Texas Democrat Al Green has long believed Congress has a duty to move forward with impeachment.
Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal added a vote on articles of impeachment would pass on the House floor. Republican Senator Mitt Romney says the transcript is “deeply troubling” to the extreme.
Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins says Democrats are “trying to hit the imaginary target of getting rid or a president that they don’t like.”
(Hall County, GA) — The law enforcement community is in mourning and investigating after a Hall County sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty.
It happened late last night when shots were fired as the deputy was trying to stop a stolen car.
The alleged gunman was injured and taken to the hospital. Several suspects who reportedly jumped from the car got away and authorities are searching for them.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Donald Trump Junior is meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors. This is Trump Junior’s second appearance before the committee in relation to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
He is expected to be questioned on six topics, including the June 16th meeting at Trump Tower and a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
The panel will most likely want to clarify contradictions between his own testimony and other witnesses’ statements to the committee and Mueller. Back in 2017, he told the committee that he was “peripherally aware” of the Trump Tower Moscow project.
(Atlanta, GA) – As Oprah Winfrey continues to build her network, the media mogul is bringing another relationship based program to OWN.
Unlike most reality shows that often appear to be scripted or fluffed up to add drama, To Have And To Hold Charlotte needs no help. With an eclectic group of couples putting it all out there for the world to see, viewers will finally get an authentic look at what marriage is really like.
As castmate Alane states in the first episode, marriage is a whole lot different behind closed doors. She and her husband Yandrick along with Christine and Daryhl and Ursula and Clinton also known as The Socialites, The Dinks and The Empty Nesters respectively, sat down for a private Q & A to talk about the experience.
Members of the press were given an advantage though with access to the first three episodes and it is definitely a must watch. Five couples, including a gay couple, managing their lives and navigating their way through the ups and downs of married life; what’s refreshing about To Have and To Hold Charlotte is that no one is pretending that he or she has the perfect union.
Yandrick and Alane Paraison, run right along the heartbeat of the city as the show’s socialites.
As proclaimed, they run Charlotte and everyone knows who they are.
The couple, both entrepreneurs at this point, speak candidly about past financial struggles and role reversal when Alane carried the family through a rough patch.
Yandrick has no problem with crediting his wife for holding their family down financially when those problems arose, but acknowledges that it’s not easy for a man to be in that position.
Married for 15 years with four children, he’s a senior consultant and entrepreneur.
She owns a salon and works long hours as a hair stylist.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The L.A. Crips street gang is filing a trademark application in hopes of taking over murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle’s slogan – “The Marathon Continues.”
The idea is to use the phrase in collaboration with services geared toward gang prevention and community building. Hussle was affiliated with the Rollin’ 60s Crips which is considered the largest black criminal street gang in the city.
It’s unclear if the gang is looking to make money with the trademark.
(San Diego, CA) — California Governor Gavin Newsom is furious over abortion restrictions in Missouri and Alabama.
“Spare me your indignity about the unborn. This is about control. That’s what this is about, it’s about CONTROL. It’s about going back to a time we don’t want to go back to.”
He told an audience near San Diego over the weekend the new measures were about the patriarchy and going back in time.
Newsom promised California would defend women’s rights with ten-million dollars in his proposed budget for abortion. He is hoping to get California into a single-payer system.
(Paris, AP) – More than 700-million dollars in donations are pouring in today to help restore the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Donors from around the world and some of France’s richest families pledged to help a day after fire devastated the 12th century landmark.
In a televised speech, French President Emmanuel Macron called for unity and set a five-year goal to rebuild the iconic cathedral. Much of the roof collapsed, but the stone foundation survived along with the cathedral’s famous twin bell towers. American offers of help include Apple CEO Tim Cook pledging that his company will donate to rebuilding efforts.
The mayor of Paris says several relics from Notre Dame Cathedral are safe as a fire destroyed much of the iconic landmark. Mayor Anne Hidalgo said firefighters and police saved part of the crown of thorns said to be worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, as well as the tunic of Saint Louis and other major pieces.
The 850-year-old cathedral went up in flames yesterday, destroying the iconic spire and causing the roof to collapse. Officials hope to have the historical holy site rebuilt within five years.
(Houston, TX-AP) — Houston’s police chief says they’ll no long serve “no knock” search warrants after a married couple was killed in a botched raid. Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a town hall meeting Monday that no-knock warrants are “going to go away,” and will not be used to nab people suspected of using a small amount of drugs.
An informant had reportedly told police the couple’s house was being used for heroin dealing. Police found only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine during the late January raid. The couple was killed in the raid, and five officers were wounded