North Korea Threatens to Attack Guam, FBI Agents Raid Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort’s Home, North Korea Releases Canadian Pastor, Missouri Manhunt Ends, and Burglar Caught by DNA Left Behind in Toilet
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Last night North Korea threatened to fire missiles towards Guam, a U.S. territory on islands in the Pacific Ocean, between Japan and Indonesia.
The U.S. military has two bases there — an air force base and a naval base, with 6,000 soldiers and 200,000 Americans. There are multiple military planes and bombers on the base, and they are often used in training missions, flying near North Korea — the most recent one was last night.
The governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo (R) said they are in touch with the White House and that they are prepared for anything — that if they are attacked, they will defend themselves. There is anxiety among people on Guam.
North Korea doesn’t seem to be afraid of Trump, because even after Trump warned them with “fire and fury,” they still threatened to fire at Guam. Trump also said back in January that they would not allow North Korea to develop a nuclear weapon that is capable of striking the U.S., but now they can.
To be fair, North Korea has always been very difficult for past U.S. presidents and administrations, and now Trump faces his toughest international conflict yet.
Trump tweeted this morning that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal — that it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. (Trump ordered this on January 27). He said he hopes we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!
Sec. of State Rex Tillerson visited Guam yesterday (he was already in Asia on a trip). When asked if he saw signs of an impending U.S. military strike against North Korea, he said he has not seen indications of it. He said Americans should sleep well at night — that Trump was just making strong statements.
Several other world leaders have called for there to be calm — and to focus on putting economic pressure on North Korea instead of talking about nuclear weapons.
But today the Sec. of Defense Mattis warned North Korea against doing anything that would wipe out their regime and population — saying the U.S. would overmatch them.
Two weeks ago, FBI agents raided into the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home to seize documents and other materials. FBI agents had a search warrant and the surprise raid is related to the Russian investigation.
Paul Manafort’s spokesperson confirmed the FBI raid and said Paul cooperated with FBI agents.
Paul has provided documents to congressional investigations and attended a Senate Intelligence Committee to be questioned (the day before the raid), but it appears the FBI thinks Paul might have not turned in everything.
In order to get a search warrant, a federal judge must agree that there is “probable cause” that there was a crime.
Manafort has well-known Russian connections — he used to work for a presidential candidate for Ukraine that was backed by Russia. Some have speculated that Mueller is building a case against Manafort in order to pressure him to reveal more information about any potential Russian collusion.
In separate but related news, Trump’s chief lawyer John Dowd told media yesterday that President Trump has been in contact with Mueller via the lawyer — that Trump told Mueller he sends his appreciation and greetings.
This is a different tone from what Trump had exhibited in the past — he previously criticized Mueller for having conflicts of interest and said the investigation was a witch hunt.
The lawyer Dowd said he and Trump gets along well with Mueller and that their conversations are constructive, but added that it is important that they remain confidential, for there to not be any breakdown in that trust.
North Korea has released a pastor from Canada, Rim Hyon Su (62), because he was becoming sick. Rim was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor for “trying to overthrow the regime by using religion.” He was accused of helping U.S. and South Koreans by trying to lure and abduct North Korean citizens.
Rim has declining health and have written letters to his family and friends saying he had stomach pain and high blood pressure. His family advocated Canadian PM Trudeau to intervene. Yesterday a Canadian official arrived in North Korea to bring Rim out.
Last year Rim told media that he dug holes six days a week for 8 hours a day.
The timing of the release is strange, especially during this international tension with North Korea’s nuclear weapons, but it is good to know Rim is free. Hopefully he will make a full recovery in Canada.
In June, North Korea released an American prisoner, college student Otto Warmbier — but he was in a coma and had serious brain injuries, and died several days later after arriving in the U.S.
The manhunt for the suspected gunman (Ian McCarthy) who is accused of killing a Missouri police officer (Gary Michael) in a shootout — has ended with him being arrested yesterday in Missouri after someone saw him walking on a highway.
He was unarmed and arrested without incident. He had a gunshot wound, apparently from last weekend’s shootout with the police officer, so he was taken to the hospital and then booked in jail on a first-degree murder charge.
The funeral for Officer Michael will be this Saturday in Clinton, Missouri.
In Southern California, police was able to catch a suspected burglar who broke into a house because he left his DNA in the toilet when he went #2 and did not flush. Police looked up his DNA and compared it against a national database — and were able to track him down at his home, arresting him. The burglary was last October and he was arrested last Wednesday. Sometimes it takes several months for a DNA analysis.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!