FROM Steven Greenhut
Indictment Clouds Future of LA Sheriff Indicted on federal charges of mail fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy, the Sheriff pleaded not guilty yesterday. Today, after insisting he’d stay on the job, he said he’ll take a sixty-day leave of absence to fight the charges.
Proposition 90 and Eminent Domain Both sides call the last proposition on the ballot a “sleeper.” The money spent for and against it is small by this year’s standards, and there has not been a lot of debate--even though it could make a big difference for property owners or taxpayers, depending on which side you’re on. Proposition 90 would make it harder for local governments to take private property for public purposes and increase compensation for economic losses due to new laws or regulations.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?