Reports: President Trump is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice by Special Counsel Mueller, Federal Judge Orders Re-do of Environmental Review for DAPL, KISS Singer Gene Simmons Wants to Trademark “I Love You” Handshape, Says it is “Devil Horns,” Updates with Congressmen Shot at Baseball Field, Shooting at UPS Facility in San Francisco, Doctors for Otto Warmer Say He has Extensive Neurological Damage, and Bill Cosby Trial Jury Deadlocks
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, June 15. Ready for news?
The Washington Post reported that Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Russia investigation (since May 17), has expanded his probe from possible Russia-Trump Team collusion to include if Trump did a crime of obstruction of justice by firing James Comey.
If the reports are true, it means that Trump is currently under investigation
This new development is probably because of James Comey’s testimony last Thursday about Trump’s meetings with him where he asked him for his loyalty and asked him to drop an investigation on Michael Flynn.
Mueller’s team also will interview other intelligence agencies’ directors to see if Trump tried to influence them / obstruct justice.
President Trump has been strong in his denial that worked with Russia to influence the election and that he obstructed justice, calling it a witch hunt by bad people. See his two tweets:
Tweet #1 [They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice]
Tweet #2 [You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA]
Trump also has called Comey a “liar” during his testimony — which would make him liable for perjury — which is a crime of lying under oath.
Previously, the directors of National Intelligence and NSA said in a Senate panel that they didn’t feel influenced by Trump in relation to any Russia investigation. It’s now Special Counsel Mueller’s job to confirm that.
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced they will open a probe on Trump’s firing of Comey.
They will also examine another matter — relating to former Obama Attorney General Lynch — because Comey testified that Lynch asked him, in relation to into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, to not call it an “investigation” but a “matter” and also look into her private meeting with Bill Clinton before the end of the investigation.
A federal judge, reviewing the Dakota Access Pipeline, said there was not enough analysis of potential negative environmental impacts of a pipeline spill and ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to re-do their environmental analysis in specific areas (probably the area around the Missouri river). A conference is set for next week and it is possible that the judge will order the pipeline to be suspended.
This same federal judge, Boasberg, had previously rejected two other complaints about the pipeline made by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes — that the pipeline threatened their cultural and historical sites and that it would ruin the tribes’ ability to have freedom of religion in relation with the waters, which they view as sacred.
The pipeline currently carries more than half a million gallons of oil through over 1,000 miles of pipelines from North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.
KISS singer Gene Simmons has filed a trademark application last Friday to “TM” this hand gesture — which he says it is a sign for “horns” or “devil horns.”
Naturally, we in the Deaf/ASL community say “hey,” that’s the sign for I Love You.
Gene’s trademark application has this drawing in it. His application also includes the middle and ring fingers being extended forward. Gene says he is the first to do it in 1974.
But many believe he will not be able to get the TM, because of the Deaf ILY sign and there is evidence of several other rock bands using the ILY sign before Gene.
The California Association of the Deaf has filed an official objection/opposition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), saying it infringes on ASL, which existed before Gene Simmons’ use.
Here is a statement from CAD Media.
“To Whom it may concern,
We are writing in regards to Mr. Gene Simmons' application to trademark a gesture that he deems to mean "devil's horn". We, California Association for the Deaf strongly object and oppose Mr. Simmons' application to trademark the gesture because contrary to his supposed definition, the gesture in question has a entirely different meaning in American Sign Language (ASL), as it is widely known that this sign means "I Love You". Should the United States Patent and Trademark Office approve his application, it would confuse the public and possibly tarnish a gesture that has a such beautiful meaning. In addition to that, it would do the American Deaf community harm by infringing upon their culture and language because Simmons, should he get trademark, would make profits off something that belongs to the Deaf community here in America and around the world. In conclusion, we ask the office to consider the significance of the gesture which already has meaning in the Deaf community.
I’ll keep an eye on the situation and update when more developments come.
Updates with the shooting of Republican Congressmen and others yesterday morning at a baseball field in Virginia:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R, Louisiana), who was shot in the left hip when he was standing on second base, is still in the hospital in critical condition. The bullet fractured bones and hit internal organs, causing him to lose a lot of blood and requiring multiple surgeries.
President Trump visited him in the hospital and said the situation is very serious, that Steve is in trouble but that he is a great fighter and hopes he will be OK.
A lobbyist for Tyson Foods, Matt Mika, was shot several times in the chest and arm — and now needs assistance to breathe and more surgeries. He is alert and communicates through notes.
An aide for Rep. Roger Williams (R, Texas) — Zack Barth — was shot in the leg and will be okay, he’s been released.
Rep. Roger injured his ankle trying to help others.
The gunman, James Hodgkinson (66) — who died by police gunfire — had a SKS rifle 7.62 rifle and a 9mm handgun with him when he started shooting through the chain link fence, first shooting at Rep. Steve Scalise. He moved along the fence and continued shooting.
Two Capitol Police officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey immediately responded by screaming for James to drop his weapon. James then shot at Crystal in the ankle. David Bailey was also injured when he twisted his ankle. More officers joined the gunfight and stopped James.
Both Capitol Police officers will be okay — and they are hailed as heroes for risking their lives to stop the gunman by running into the line of fire.
More information about James the gunman (he should be called a terrorist) — although he is from Illinoia, he was living in a van in the area near to the baseball field for several weeks. Witnesses saw him sitting on a bench in the area with a black bag. Others saw him inside of a YMCA building next to the baseball field, just sitting with his laptop and looking out the window.
In Illinois in March, he was approached by police because he was practicing shooting on his street into trees. He had a license for his weapon and stopped when police told him to.
He had shown strong political views about income inequality, the tax system in America, supported Obama and Bernie Sanders, and was very against Republicans and President Donald Trump.
Tonight’s Congressional Baseball Game will go on — it will be on C-SPAN tonight, coverage starts at 6:30 pm EST.
Yesterday morning at a UPS building in San Francisco — a gunman, Jimmy Lam (38), shot at five UPS employees, killing three men and injuring two, before killing himself.
The employees were UPS truck drivers. While they were in a meeting, Jimmy shot Benson Louie (50). The UPS employees ran out of the room — then Jimmy shot another man, Wayne Chan (56) in the back, then shot him again. Jimmy then went outside and shot at Michael Lefiti (46). Two others were wounded but will be okay.
The Assistant Police Chief said the gunman Jimmy was wearing an UPS uniform and had an “assault pistol” and when police approached him, he shot himself in the head.
Jimmy was a former employee there. The motive of the shooting is under investigation. Some media reported that he had filed a grievance to complain that he was working too much overtime.
Doctors say Otto Warmbier (22), the American student released from North Korea, has a severe neurological injury and had extensive loss of brain tissue.
He was in a coma since March of last year. Doctors said he is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness but is stable, but have not spoken and seems like he doesn’t know where he is.
Previously North Koreans said Otto was sickened by botulism, which is a disease from bacteria, and fell into a coma from taking too many sleeping pills. But doctors say there was no botulism found.
So the cause for his coma is still uncertain, but doctors say they believe the brain injury happened more than a year ago.
Doctors wouldn’t share on if he is expected to make a full recovery, saying the family wanted to keep that private.
Otto’s father, Fred, criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to make sure Otto was safe in North Korea and working to get him released.
The family met with the State Department earlier this year and managed to get representatives from the Swedish government to visit Otto and the other three Americans imprisoned there. That’s how the family found out about Otto’s brain injury, and he was released shortly after.
The family thanked the Trump administration for bringing him home.
Dennis Rodman is still in North Korea. He recently gave a government official Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”
Bill Cosby is now on trial for three charges of aggravated indecent assault (sexual assault). The trial is over and during jury deliberations that went on since Monday, the jurors say they are deadlocked — they can’t all agree together on the three counts of assault.
The judge asked the jury to go back and continue their deliberations. The jury has four white women, six white men, one black woman, and one black man. They are sequestered (cut off from the public and reporters during the trial).
Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in January 2004.
Cosby pleaded not guilty, and his defense team said Cosby and Constand had a relationship and that the sexual contact was consensual.
There were 12 witnesses against Cosby — and on Cosby’s side, there was only one witness supporting him and Cosby himself did not testify.
Before the trial started, there were more than 20 women who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her.
We’ll see what happens with the jury. If they can’t come to an agreement, then the judge will declare a mistrial, which would collapse the whole trial and result in no consequences against Cosby — unless the prosecutor wants to find a way to try for another trial.
That is all the news for this week. Be sure to check out the Deaf Business Spotlight tomorrow! Have a wonderful weekend and stay with the light!