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House Oversight Chairman James Comer announced today that the FBI has refused to “hand over the unclassified record” that allegedly links then-Vice President Joe Biden to a pay-for-play bribery scheme with a foreign national. Comer said his panel will now proceed with hearings on holding FBI Director Christoper Wray in contempt of Congress this Thursday.
🚨🚨BREAKING: House Oversight Chair James Comer says the FBI has once again refused "hand over the unclassified record" that links then-VP Joe Biden to a pay-for-play bribery scheme with a foreign national. Oversight "will now initiate contempt of Congress hearings this… pic.twitter.com/2qoas43Igm
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 5, 2023
Former Vice President Mike Pence made his White House run official after filing Federal Election Commission paperwork to run in the GOP presidential primary. Pence is expected to formally announce in Iowa on Wednesday. Here he is on Sunday at Iowa’s Roast and Ride:
Former Vice President @Mike_Pence on 2024: "I don't have anything to announce today, but I can tell you when I got time to announce come this Wednesday, I'm announcing in Iowa." https://t.co/R4aVbM55wv pic.twitter.com/sdgud5KIiE
— The Hill (@thehill) June 4, 2023
Meanwhile, New Hampshire GOP Governor Chris Sununu announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he would not be running in 2024 because “beating Trump is more important.” Here he is on CNN:
#BREAKING: Chris Sununu announces he will NOT be running for president, telling @DanaBashCNN there's "a very large field" and candidates need to be "call[ed]…out" when they're in the single digits and splitting the non-Trump vote.
He adds many will need to quit by Christmas. pic.twitter.com/ZgwrSWHDK6
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 5, 2023
So far, one MLB team, the Texas Rangers, announced they will not hold a Pride event. When asked about their decision, the Rangers released the following statement: “Our commitment is to make everyone feel welcome and included in Rangers baseball. That means in our ballpark, at every game, and in all we do – for both our fans and our employees. We deliver on that promise across our many programs to have a positive impact across our entire community.”
Iowa Apartment Collapse Update
The bodies of the final three missing persons in the apartment collapse in Davenport, Iowa, were found Sunday night and Monday morning after days of searching. According to officials, the six-story apartment building partially collapsed late last week, and a rescue operation has been underway around the clock since. Here’s Davenport police chief Jeffrey Bladel:
Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys met with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today to discuss complaints about the special counsel investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents.
Trump’s legal team arrived at the DOJ this morning weeks after accusing special counsel Jack Smith of misconduct. According to reports, Trump’s attorneys were to meet with DOJ officials about those accusations, as well as to get a feel for the state of Smith’s investigative efforts. Signs suggest that Smith is nearing a decision on whether to charge Trump over classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago last year.
No details have yet been released from that Monday meeting. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith in November to take over DOJ investigations into the Mar-a-Lago documents and Trump’s role related to January 6. Over the weekend, Trump attacked the DOJ’s treatment of Biden and the myriad of alleged crimes connected to the current president’s family.
Austin, Texas has its first serial killer in more than a century, Fox News reported.
Last week, police in Texas announced the arrest of 62-year-old Raul Meza Jr. in connection with two murders. Meza turned himself in after a statewide manhunt was launched after the May 20th killing of 80-year-old former probation officer Jesse Fraga. After turning himself in, police say he admitted to an additional murder — that of 66-year-old Gloria Lofton in 2019. Meza has been in and out of prison for decades, most notably serving time for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in the 1980s. Police say they do not believe Meza is responsible for the recent series of deaths at Lady Bird Lake.
Local authorities jailed a tuberculosis patient in Washington state who refused medical treatment for more than a year.
A Washington judge issued an order in May for the unnamed woman to be involuntarily detained for treatment, which is legal under state law. Pierce County sheriff deputies located and detained the woman Thursday, and she is now being housed in Pierce County jail. This is the third time in 20 years that Pierce County officials have had to pursue a court order to force tuberculosis treatment.
Indian authorities are trying to determine what went wrong in a deadly train crash that killed nearly 300 individuals and 1,000 injured others in India’s eastern state of Odisha on Friday. Authorities say initial data show that an electronic signaling system error is the likely cause of the crash. The incident is one of the worst train crashes in the country’s history.
And, torrential rain in Haiti over the weekend caused catastrophic flooding, leaving at least 42 people dead, 85 others injured, nearly 14,000 houses damaged, and many crops ruined. More than 13,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes on the Caribbean island.
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