Let’s Get Political: Raids, Ryan, and Reports on Greitens

White House:

Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room were raided by the FBI. (source VOX)

The FBI authorized a raid on Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room Monday morning. Cohen has served as President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.

The raid occurred after a tip by head of the Russia investigation Robert Mueller, and was approved by Rod Rosenstein, who was appointed to the Department of Justice by Trump himself. They were looking for documents and emails relating to payments made to two women who have both come forward about affairs with Trump, and also documents relating to the Access Hollywood tapes. Trump responded to the raid in a news conference Monday, April 9, where he called the investigation a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace to our country.”

Suspected chemical attacks in Syria. (Source ABC)

In response to suspected chemical attacks in Syria affecting 500 people and killing 72, Trump in a series of tweets Wednesday morning, threatened bombing in retaliation. Trump launched a missile strike Friday night in coalition with France and the U.K. According to Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the missile attack “met our objectives” and we hit the “heart of the chem-weapons program.”

Suspected chemical attacks in Syria. (Source ABC)

Tom Bossert, Trumps top homeland security aide, announced his resignation on Tuesday.

 

Congress:

 

 

Paul Ryan announces he will not seek reelection. (source WHEC)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced he would not be seeking reelection in November. This is another blow to the Republican Party’s battle to keep the majority in both the House and the Senate. Top runners to replace Ryan as speaker are majority leader Kevin McCarthy from California, and the majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks in front of Congress. (source NDTV)

Mark Zuckerberg spoke in front of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, concerning Facebook’s role in leaking user’s private data during the 2016 election. After facing questions from the Senate for almost 5 hours on Tuesday, he returned to the House on Wednesday.

Backpage was seized by the government in suspicion of a role in sex trafficking.

An anti- sex trafficking bill was signed into law on Wednesday. The “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), limits legal protections on online platforms like Backpage.

 

Local:

Governor Eric Greitens under scrutiny for new sexual assault allegations. (source FOXnews)

Governor Eric Greitens is refusing to resign amid a criminal investigation for an extra marital affair he had before he was elected. In a report released Wednesday, the woman accused Greitens of slapping, groping and pushing her on multiple occasions. She also testified under oath that Greitens had bound and blindfolded her before taking a picture of her motivated for blackmail. In a televised statement Greitens called the investigation a “witch hunt” and the report “tabloid trash gossip”.

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