Attorney General In Spotlight In Senate, Trial Deliberations In Castile Shooting

Attorney General In Spotlight In Senate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in the spotlight in the Senate. Sessions is the lone witness before the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon. He will testify about new questions that have arisen about meetings with Russian officials. The attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation because of some undisclosed meetings with Russians. In a hearing last week, former FBI Director James Comey said he believes he was fired because of how he was handling the investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election. Sessions will also be pressed about his role in Comey’s dismissal.

Deputy Attorney General Pressed About Mueller Rumors

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  is on record as saying he has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller . Responding to the buzz that President Trump may be considering the move, Rosenstein told lawmakers it wouldn’t happen unless he were given “lawful and appropriate orders” to do so. In a Senate budget hearing, said Mueller could only be fired “for good cause” and that he would be required to state the cause in writing. Rosenstein also said he has never discussed Mueller’s appointment with President Trump.

Deliberations Continue In Trial Of Officer Charged In Castile Shooting

The jury in the trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with killing Philando Castile last summer is in deliberation. Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces second-degree manslaughter after he shot and killed Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The aftermath of that shooting was streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend who was also in the car at the time along with her young daughter. Jurors began deliberating yesterday following closing arguments. They must decide whether the use of force by Yanez was justified.

Doug Williams Named Senior VP Personnel For Redskins

The Redskins have named former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams as new Senior VP of Player Personnel. At a news conference, Bruce Allen said Williams “fits the role perfectly for where we want to go in this organization.” The shift in front office personnel was expected, as the team has been without a general manager since March when general manager Scot McCloughan was let go. Williams joined the Redskins’ personnel department in 2014. He won Super Bowl twenty-two with the Redskins, becoming the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl.

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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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