National News for Thursday; Robert Mueller Closing Office, One Powerball Winner Gets $750 Million, Brexit Vote Nears

by Don Early and Aaron Martinez for Basin Life Magazine


Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows it’s over and he’s moving out of his office by tomorrow our sources say.  

But it’s still tense, to say the least, in Washington D.C. as tensions between the Department of Justice, the media and big gun Democrats still want more information and to inspect Mueller’s entire report.  

In a matter of days the special counsel has downshifted from investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election to the managerial tasks involved in packing up papers, disbanding staff and handing off cases.  Almost everything left to argue in court — like Wednesday’s hearing involving a mysterious foreign company fighting a Mueller subpoena — has been given to career prosecutors in permanent offices.  

It’s all happened in a quick burst in the days since Attorney General William Barr on Friday declared an end to Mueller’s work. He then issued a four-page summary declaring no conspiracy had been found between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, but that Mueller hadn’t come to a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice.

The memo left lawmakers clamoring for more information about exactly what Mueller did — and didn’t — find during his two-year-long probe. But Mueller and his team won’t be sticking around to answer those questions. Mueller will be a private citizen again in a matter of days, as will several of his top prosecutors who, like the special counsel, left their well-paying jobs at white shoe law firms nearly two years ago to come work on the Russia investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that new Attorney General William Barr was “not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.”  And the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), emerged frustrated from a Wednesday phone meeting with Barr, proclaiming that he was “very disturbed” that the attorney general would not commit to turning over Mueller’s entire report to Congress.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), even suggested that his committee would try to go around Barr on some issues.  They just won’t quit, but for most Americans, it’s time to move on and get the country moving again after two years of accomplishing little.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and half of British Parliament are on pins and needles this week as another split in the yet third Brexit vote to leave the EU and withdraw immediately, is on the table again.  

Prime Minister May says she’s willing to step down in her final attempt to get her deal passed. People in Britain are worried what is next for the country.

“The Prime Minister and the EU know these documents cannot be separated. Yet now she may ask the Commons to pretend they can,” one Labour party leader said today, adding:

“Following the Prime Minister’s commitment yesterday to resign before the next phase of negotiations begin, it’s even more of a blindfold Brexit – because we now know that the outcome of our future relationship with the EU is not going to be determined by her.”

In Washington state, the verdict was handed down yesterday as a judge A judge granted a mother’s request to lock up a young woman, who admitted to shoving her daughter off a 60-foot bridge, for “as many days in jail as her daughter” spent in the hospital.

Taylor Smith was expected to walk out of court on Wednesday to begin a promised plea bargain of 60 days of electronic home confinement, 30 days of community work crew and 30 days of community service. Instead, Genelle Holgerson, the mother of Jordan Holgerson, asked the judge “to force” Smith to “spend as many days in jail” as her daughter spent confined to a hospital bed, while recovering from the incident.

In a surprise turn of events, the judge went against the planned plea agreement and sent Smith to jail for 48 hours.

Once she completes her confinement, Smith will have to serve an additional 38 days on a work crew. The sentencing comes one week after Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless endangerment, which is considered a gross misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Jordan Holgerson, then 16, plunged the equivalent of three stories before belly-flopping into the water below. She suffered “significant injuries” including six broken ribs, a punctured lung and air bubbles in her chest, authorities said.

The incident was captured on a cellphone video that went viral on social media, but has since been removed. Surveillance camera video also shows the moment Smith shoved Jordan Holgerson off the bridge’s ledge.

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