Person Of Interest In Cold Case Murder Found Dead In Jail Cell, Rosenstein Reportedly Expecting To Be Fired

Person Of Interest In Cold Case Murder Found Dead In Jail Cell

A person of interest in the murder of a woman 20-years ago has been found dead. Maryland prison officials say Fernando Asturizaga was found dead in his prison cell last night, just hours after police in Montgomery County named him a person of interest in the 2000 disappearance and murder of Alison Thresher of Bethesda. Detectives believe Thresher was killed after becoming aware of the inappropriate relationship that Asturizaga was having with her underage daughter. Asturizaga was later convicted of sex abuse crimes, but was never charged in Thresher’s murder. He was serving a 100-year sentence when he was found dead last night.

Trump Attorney Wins Delay Over Evidence Seized

President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen is getting a delay in the review of evidence seized by federal agents. Cohen’s team wants a temporary restraining to stop prosecutors from looking at any of the evidence until the judge decides who should be allowed to look at it. The delay was issued after a hearing in which attorneys for Cohen, Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels all attended. A judge adjourned a hearing until Monday to give lawyers for Trump an opportunity to weigh in.

Rosenstein Reportedly Expecting To Be Fired

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly expecting to get the axe. NBC News says Rosenstein has told friends he’s prepared for that eventuality, saying, “Here I stand.” That is thought to be a reference to a quote from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Rosenstein oversees the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump, who picked Rosenstein, has been very critical of the veteran prosecutor.

White House Defends Pardon Of Libby

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is defending President Trump’s pardon of Scooter Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Sanders told a briefing today that pardoning Libby was the right thing to do. Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI in connection with the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame is married to former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who tangled with the Bush administration over the rationale for invading Iraq.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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