Cramm for 12/5/18
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Mueller is handing out Flynn’s court filing.
TELL ME MORE.
Back in 2017, Prez Trump shocked everyone and said ‘you’re fired’ to FBI director James Comey. Around the same time, people were hearing about alleged collusion between the Trump team and the Russian gov during the 2016 presidential election. Congress said ‘what to do, what to do’ and decided to hire a special counsel - Robert Mueller - to investigate.
WHAT’S THE LATEST?
Yesterday, Mueller released court filings on Michael Flynn. You know Flynn for being Trump’s former national security adviser who’s played a key role in the Russia investigation. Bringing lots of anticipation around his court filings.
WHAT’D THEY SAY?
That Mueller doesn’t recommend that Flynn gets any jail time. Because, cooperation. The filings say that Flynn offered “substantial” help to Mueller’s team - and could have inspired the same kind of cooperation in others involved with the case. All of this hints at the idea that something Flynn told Mueller could lead to criminal charges against someone. Problem, since much of the court filings were redacted. Meaning the public has pretty much no idea where the investigation really stands.
Yesterday was a much-anticipated day for Americans following the Russia investigation. TBD on what Mueller’s next step will be.
WORLD: Recently, thousands of “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets in France’s biggest riot. Hundreds were arrested, and multiple people were killed. Reminder: the “yellow vest” protests were started to speak out against new eco-taxes in France, but they’ve since become a movement against Prez Macron and the French gov. Hint: one of Macron’s biggest campaign promises was to up fuel taxes in an effort to fight climate change. Now, he’s putting a stop to these planned taxes for six months while the country figures things out. Speaking of which, thousands of Israeli women protested yesterday in a nationwide strike against domestic violence. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: Everyone is talking about Jamal Khashoggi. Weeks ago, the prominent Saudi journalist disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The whole world pointed fingers at the Saudi Crown Prince. And, while investigating, reportedly found strong evidence - like audio recordings - to back this up. Problem, since Prez Trump and the rest of the Trump team have gone around saying it’s unclear who murdered Khashoggi. So yesterday, a group of Republican lawmakers held a classified meeting with CIA director Gina Haspel. And walked away saying “there’s a smoking saw” connecting the Crown Prince to Khashoggi’s death. No word yet on this from Prez Trump.
USA: The stock market is not happy. Yesterday, it drop drop dropped nearly 800 points - just a day after rising hundreds of points. This comes as investors are still just a teensy bit (read: a lot) scared about the trade war between the US and China. Leading to rising fears of a recession. Meanwhile, the New York City Police Dept just unveiled a new drone system. The drones will reportedly be used in hostage situations and search and rescue operations. Intro the privacy worries. Speaking of which, the Secret Service is apparently testing a new facial recognition surveillance system outside the White House to help recognize potential threats. Hi, future.
WHAT TO KNOW
“Kevin Hart:” who’ll be hosting the Oscars this year. Bring on the laughs.
“Everybody been bugging me and everything” - Cardi B, announcing her separation from Offset… just a year after getting married. Ring, gone.