Media Reports About Trump’s Relationship With Russia; Los Angeles Teachers Go On Strike; Utah Mall Shooting; Poland Mayor Stabbed; Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Man to Death; Government Shutdown Day #24; Julián Castro and Tulsi Gabbard Announce 2020 Presidential Bids; Updates on Jayme Closs Kidnapping
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, January 14. Hope your weekend was good. Ready for news?
Media Reports About Trump’s Relationship With Russia
On Friday the New York Times reported that the FBI started a counterintelligence investigation on if President Trump was working for Russia after he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
The report said there was also a criminal investigation on if the firing was obstruction of justice.
Those investigations have been moved to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and it is not known how much he has continued on the probes.
On Saturday the Washington Post reported that President Trump has gone out of his way to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Putin, taking notes from an interpreter and not allowing top-level government officials to fully know what was discussed.
The article said there is no detailed record of Trump’s five face-to-face meetings with Putin in the past two years, including a two-hour meeting in Helsinki.
The Washington Post quoted a former administration official who said it is Trump’s style to have private meetings without other staff around and that he was trying to prevent media leaks.
Fox News did an interview with Trump yesterday and asked him if he worked for Russia. Trump said it was the most insulting question he’s ever been asked.
But Democratic leaders view this as a part of a pattern of Trump acting in different ways that appear to benefit Russia.
I read an opinion/analysis column by Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett. He pointed out that the top officials within FBI at the time of Comey’s firing, those who started the investigation, were biased against Trump, angry that he won the election, and wanted revenge.
President Trump said the same today, calling Comey a bad cop and a dirty cop and a liar. He also said he never worked for Russia, that all of this is one big fat hoax.
Mueller’s investigation is still ongoing. I’ve seen several reports that say he is in his final stages, that he is close to wrapping it up.
Tomorrow will be the first day of the Senate confirmation hearings for Trump’s nominee for Attorney General — William Barr. We can expect plenty of questions related to all of this. Barr said today that he would allow Mueller to finish his investigation.
Fox News Analysis: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/gregg-jarrett-an-fbi-that-is-corrupt-and-dishonest-latest-reports-offer-only-more-proof
Dirty Cops: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-tears-into-bad-cop-comey-on-heels-of-report-about-fbi-russia-probe
Los Angeles Teachers Go On Strike
In Los Angeles, 32,000 teachers from the United Teachers Los Angeles union went on strike after negotiations with the Los Angles Unified School District did not succeed in a deal.
The teachers want better pay, smaller class sizes with the hiring of more teachers, and more support staff such as counselors or nurses.
About 600,000 children were without their teachers today. This district is the second-biggest in the country. The school district is using substitute teachers and school administrators to continue classes.
There were several deaf teachers involved in the strike. The California Educators of the Deaf organization tweeted an image of 11 members who were on strike or showing support to teachers who were on strike. They said they are striking to ensure a free and appropriate education is available to all of the Deaf students in Los Angeles.
Marlee Matlin also tweeted a message of support for the teachers.
LA Teachers Strike: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/us/los-angeles-teachers-strike/index.html
Deaf Teachers Tweet: https://twitter.com/CaledOrg/status/1084821910028840961
Marlee Tweet: https://twitter.com/MarleeMatlin/status/1084179745443442689
Top Stories Briefs: Utah Mall Shooting; Poland Mayor Stabbed; Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Man to Death
Here are three top news briefs.
The first — there was a shooting at the Fashion Place mall yesterday afternoon in Murray, Utah. Police said it was a shooting between two rival gangs and have arrested two male gang members. A man and a woman were shot. Police said they are members of the same gang. The woman has been released from the hospital, while the man is in critical condition.
The second news — in Poland, a city mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, was stabbed in the heart while he was on stage during a large charity event in front of hundreds of people. He was transported to the hospital, but did not survive. The knifeman said he did it as revenge for being wrongly imprisoned under the mayor’s political party.
The third news — a Chinese court has sentenced to death a 36-year old Canadian man for drug smuggling. AP News reported that he was detained four years ago and was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison, but there was a sudden retrial that changed his penalty from 15 years to the death penalty.
It appears China is doing this in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a Chinese woman who is the CFO for Huawei, a giant tech company. It is a standoff.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said he is very concerned that China chose to suddenly apply the death penalty to a Canadian citizen. He said Canada will do all it can to intervene.
Utah Mall Shooting: https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/US/altercation-rival-gangs-led-shooting-utah-mall-police/story?id=60363541
Poland Stabbing: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/mayor-gdansk-poland-stabbed-stage-condition-very-serious-n958221
Canadian Facing Chinese Death Penalty: https://apnews.com/ad12b3e9cebe4c25ae1b4143bc74e347
Government Shutdown Day #24
It is now the 24th day of the partial government shutdown. It is the longest in history. Here are a few news updates.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham made a proposal for President Trump to reopen the government for a few weeks and continue to try and have a deal with Democrats.
Trump rejected that proposal. He said he was not interested, he wants to get this solved and not just delay it. He also said he was not planning to declare a national emergency.
Trump said in a speech today that the government is shut down because Democrats won’t fund border security.
At least three Republican senators have said they would break from Trump and support spending bills that does not have funding for the border wall. There is an increasing number of Republican Senators have expressed concern for impacted federal workers and programs.
CNN reported that it would take at least 20 Republican senators to override a presidential veto.
The shutdown has continued to affect airports across the country, as TSA officers aren’t getting paid and many have not showed up for work. Air traffic controllers are also affected.
A Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 43% of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, while 55% disapprove. This is his lowest approval rating in almost a year.
A Washington Post/ABC poll said 53% of adults blamed Trump and Republicans for the shutdown, 29% said it was Democrats’ fault, and 13% blamed both sides.
Julián Castro and Tulsi Gabbard Announce 2020 Presidential Bids
Last weekend, two Democratic politicians announced they want to run for president in 2020.
The first person is Julián Castro. He used to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration. He is from San Antonio, Texas and used to be a mayor there. He has a twin brother, Joaquin, who is a U.S. Representative. Castro is the first Latino in the 2020 Democratic race.
The second person is Tulsi Gabbard. She is a U.S. Congresswoman representing Hawaii. She is the first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress. She is an Iraq war veteran. She was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.
Gabbard is now in controversy because of her comments and past activism against same-sex marriage and gay rights in the early 2000’s. She said she regrets the past positions she took and the things she said. She said has learned from the LGBTQ+ community and changed.
Julian Castro: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/nation/2019/01/12/julian-castro-announces-2020-bid-president/2559031002/
Tulsi Gabbard: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-gabbard-congressoman-president-2020-story.html
Updates on Jayme Closs Kidnapping
Here are updates on the kidnapping of Jayme Closs (13), who escaped from suspect Jake Patterson (21) on Thursday after 88 days of captivity.
Closs is staying with her aunt. They released a photo of the two with her dog.
Patterson was charged today with murdering Closs’ parents with a shotgun. He was also charged with kidnapping and armed burglary.
In a criminal complaint, it reveals that Patterson first saw Closs when he was on his way to work as she was getting on a school bus. He decided that she was the girl he was going to take.
The complaint says on October 15, the day the murders and kidnapping happened, Closs heard her dog barking and saw a vehicle coming up the driveway. Patterson shot and killed her father at the door. Closs hid with her mother in the bathroom, but Patterson broke down the door and ordered the mother to tape Closs’ mouth. But the mother struggled to do this, and Patterson taped Closs’ mouth, bound her by the hands and ankles, then shot and killed the mother. He put Closs in the trunk of his car and drove north to his home. His home was in an isolated, snowy, and forested place.
He told Closs to stay under his twin bed if there were friends or family that came over and ordered her to be quiet or something bad would happen to her. He would put totes and laundry bins around the bed with weights and barbells pushing up against them so she would stay there.
On January 10, Patterson said he would leave for five to six hours and told Closs to stay under the bed. When he left, Closs got herself out, put on Patterson’s shoes, and walked out of the house and approached a woman walking a dog, who brought her to a home where the residents called 911. The residents of that home said they were ready with a gun in case Patterson showed up at their door. Police were able to find and arrest Patterson.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!