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1. Whistleblower problem
A whistleblower complaint concerning President Donald Trump’s communications with a foreign leader over the summertime involves Ukraine, multiple sources acquainted with the matter inform ABC News.
It’s unknown just what was discussed, however the White Home has formerly said that Trump talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on July 25 over the phone “to congratulate him on his current election.” A more detailed readout from Zelenskyy’s office said both talked about “investigations into corruption cases that have obstructed interaction in between Ukraine and the U.S.A.”
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s individual lawyer, has actually spoken publicly and privately advising Ukrainian authorities to investigate previous Vice President Joe Biden and any ties that his operate in Ukraine may have had with his son Hunter Biden’s company endeavors, ABC News’ Alex Mallin notes on “Start Here” today.
“It’s still uncertain what this call had to do with, but if the president had actually independently encouraged the leader of a foreign country to investigate somebody who may go on to be his 2020 challenger, that would definitely raise alarm amongst the intelligence authorities,” Mallin says.
2. Congress vs. intel community
The problem has triggered a standoff between Congress and the intelligence community after Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire obstructed lawmakers from getting the report.
It apparently includes a “guarantee” that Trump made to a foreign leader over a telephone call this summer season, according to the Washington Post, while the New york city Times reports of a “series of actions” that exceeded a single conversation in the grievance. ABC News has not separately validated the reports.
Rep. Adam Schiff states he will launch IG’s letters on intelligence community whistleblower.
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— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 19, 2019
By keeping the report and stopping the inspector general from sharing its contents with Congress, Maguire appears to be defying a law that requires him to tell lawmakers about the complaint, according to ABC News Chief National Reporter Terry Moran.
“The issue is, if it includes the president of the United States because the president has complete authority under our laws to categorize or declassify anything and isn’t under the inspector general,” he says. “It’s a dirty scenario lawfully highly stuffed that as we saw yesterday, the Congress is really, really distressed and upset about.”
When reporting about the call appeared earlier on Thursday, Trump tweeted that the reporting was “fake news” and questioned why any person would believe he ‘d disclose something improper in a conversation with a foreign leader: “I would just do what is best anyhow, and only do helpful for the U.S.A.!”
… Knowing all of this, is any person dumb adequate to think that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily inhabited” call. I would just do what is best anyhow, and only do great for the USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
3. International climate strike
A week-long international environment strike begins today with some individuals avoiding their jobs and trainees planning to walk out of class in hopes of ending the world’s dependence of nonrenewable fuel sources.
Greta Thunberg, a 16- year-old climate activist from Sweden, is leading the charge after she made headings with her two-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero-emissions yacht.
“Given that she’s pertained to the United States ahead of the UN summit in New York next week, there’s been a fair bit more momentum towards getting huge national groups together in different places to strike for more attention to the concern of environment modification,” ABC News’ Stephanie Ebbs tells “Start Here.”
4. Vaping crisis
U.S. health authorities are now reporting 530 cases of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes, including at least 8 deaths.
While much of the cases include off-market or THC-related products, authorities are still attempting to determine whether a specific brand or item triggered the multi-state outbreak, but some states are taking matters into their own hands.
“Just today, we have actually seen in New york city and Michigan, both act to try to prohibit some vaping items,” ABC News’ Linsey Davis states. “In New york city the governor stated, look we are not going to wait on the federal government to act upon this.”
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‘ Please help me handle those thugs’:A United States-based activist who was behind a Facebook page that assisted fire up a popular uprising in Egypt in 2011 said his bro was detained at his family’s house in Cairo on Thursday.
‘ I wish to live’:U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers will resume accepting applications to delay deportations for non-citizens and their families legally looking for medical treatment in the country, USCIS verified to ABC News.
‘ In order to cause one of the most destruction’:A New Jersey guy was prosecuted Thursday on charges he supported Hezbollah by scouting possible targets for an attack.
From our pals at FiveThirtyEight:
Nate Silver looks at why there might be a better case for a top 2 than a leading 3 at the front of the Democratic governmental field.
Doff your cap:
Melissa Blake, an accomplished reporter who was born with the neuromusculoskeletal condition Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, is no stranger to online trolls. However after she penned a viewpoint piece for a national news site, some commenters stated she was too “unsightly” to post selfies to social networks.
As “Great Morning America” reports, Blake came up with the very best possible action to the giants who said she should not post selfies.
Throughout the last round of trollgate, individuals said that I need to be prohibited from posting pictures of myself since I’m too unsightly. So I ‘d much like to honor the occasion with these 3 selfies … pic.twitter.com/9ZuSYFOtwv
— Melissa Blake( @melissablake) September 7,2019
In days considering that she tweeted her 3 selfies on Sept. 7, the post has actually been liked almost 300,000 times.