White House accused of cover-up amid whistleblower scandal

first_imgMaguire, who was grilled for three hours during Thursday’s House hearing, stood by how he handled the whistleblower complaint.“My integrity has never been questioned until now,” Maguire said Thursday.But Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are now accusing the White House of a cover-up.Pelosi said Thursday Maguire “broke the law” by not turning the complaint over to Congress.While Democrats are convinced of an alleged Trump administration cover-up, Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President Mike Pence are reportedly outraged at their latest attempt to “reverse the 2016 presidential election.”As of now, the identity of the whistleblower. and the current status of the impeachment investigation remain unknown.This story is developing. Tensions amongst Democrat and Republican lawmakers are at an ultimate high in the wake of the whistleblower scandal.This week Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but denied any wrongdoing in the matter slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”On Wednesday, the White House released the full, unredacted transcript of the conversation.Following the release of the documents, the Department of Justice found that President Trump did not break the law.On Thursday, the Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before a congressional intelligence committee about the recently released whistleblower complaint.Related content:WATCH Live: DNI Testifying On Capitol Hill, Whistleblower Complaint Herelast_img read more

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first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Let’s get right back to it. Right here and right now!! I am not letting this go and neither is the New Pittsburgh Courier. We’re calling on all responsible adults to do the responsible thing. Please explain to your young men that the idea of wearing your pants off your “butt” comes from prison inmates of a “certain persuasion” wanting to let other prisoners of interest know that they’re available for some late night cell block hugs and kisses…If you know what I mean?! Is that what you want your child to represent? C’mon Black people, let’s get them pants up. Self-respect starts at home!:09 You want a Top 10 List…well do ya… Punk? (Oops, sorry my bad…that goes with my movie review and that’s up next.) Anyway here’s the #1 Top 10 List of all time and this one you want to pass along… compliments of Vince Neal.The Top Ten Accomplishments of Your President Barack Obama that “they” don’t want to talk about:1. Took out Bin Laden—Done!2. Took out Muammar Gaddafi—Done!3. Negotiated Nuclear Pact (START Treaty)4. Saved General Motors/Chrysler (Saved Them!)5. Withdrew the Troops from Iraq6. Put in Health Care Reform (Serves Everybody)7. Established funding for Stem Cell Research8. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Military Law repealed9. Presented the Matthew Sheppard/ James Byrd Act (extra penalties for hate crimes)10. Positioned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (equal pay for equal work)**And in case you forgot on Oct. 19, 2009 President Barack Obama received The Nobel Peace Prize**:08 I know, I know, it’s a sports column … just hold on a minute. (Most of you don’t know anything about sports anyway … especially if you went to Oliver High School) Anyway here’s your movie review and it’s a two for one. First if you really love your woman take her to see “The Vow” I give it three basketballs. Secondly the new Tyler Perry movie “Good Deeds”…is Good Indeed! I give it three and 1/2 basketballs!! Fellas I am sorry but I do have a sensitive side…these are two great love stories…I am just saying!:07 Congratulations to the greatest basketball player of all time…the late great Wilt Chamberlain. Fifty years ago he became the first and only man to score 100 points in a game. (I’ll give you some incredible Chamberlain stats next week. Stay tuned.):06 In case you haven’t noticed, “Kobe” Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring at 28.6 per game and my Lakers are pulling it together. And I still predict the Heat does not win the title. Now somebody call Fred Crawford and tell him I am still in it. (What face mask?):05 Just a mental note for ya. The most underrated, as well as most talented and successful coach in Pittsburgh is Pitt Track Coach Alonzo Webb. Not that he looks for the attention. Keep doing what you’re doing Coach and good luck with your future star sprinter Brycen Spratling. Olympic Gold awaits him.:04 Next Sunday at 9 p.m., don’t miss ESPN’s 30 For 30 film series on Magic Johnson who has survived more than 30 years with the HIV Virus, c’mon man!:03 Hey Boston you want to trade Rashawn Rondo…I’ll take him in a New York minute… No man not Jeremy Lin, I am talking Rondo Baby! 18 points, 20 rebounds and 17 assists…are you kidding me?:02 What is wrong with you mmaann? Are you going to just keep on not coming…am I going to have to keep beating you with this old school stick? The New Old School First Friday Par-Tay had its second back to back standing room only get down, get down! Congrats to Ms. Sandy Thomas the winner of the Karaoke sing off and the money! And an At-A-Boy and happy birthday to Mr. Jackson and the entire Gibson Soul Food family. Love ya’ll! And special thanks to Ed Steve and the Dave Smith Auto Superstore for your Karaoke sponsorship.:01 If you want to have some sure-nuff fun then this is it. Get your team ready for “The Champions Volley with the Starrs” Volleyball Tournament coming up March 24, at The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. Here’s the rules—$100 Entree Fee—1st & 2nd Place Trophies—12 players per team—6 men, 6 women, 1 person 16 or under, 1 person 55 or over, 1 person must be a celebrity—you must have a coach—best two out of three games elimination—group or organization promotion and advertising welcome—proceeds to benefit Champions Youth “Safe Summer” programs including The Connie Hawkins Middle School Summer Basketball League. Call The Champions to register at 412-628-4856 right away. Only 12 teams accepted.~ Overtime ~Tyler Scott and Barnett Harris and the rest of the Gateway Gators beat up on Central Catholic like rented mules. Go Gators, a state title awaits you.~ Game Over ~last_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH TO RETURN HOME TO SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAY; BAFFERT TRAINEE TO FLY FROM LOUISVILLE TO ONTARIO VIA TEX SUTTON CHARTER

first_imgLAW ENFORCEMENT TO ESCORT CHAMP FROM AIRPORT TO SANTA ANITA’S BARN 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2015)–Twelve days after providing one of the most dramatic moments in racing history, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah will return home to Santa Anita on Thursday, June 18. Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Santa Anita-based Bob Baffert, American Pharoah is due to arrive from Louisville via Tex Sutton charter at Ontario International Airport at approximately 10 a.m., and he will then be vanned with a six-unit law enforcement escort to The Great Race Place, with an estimated time of arrival of 11:30 a.m.“Along with the rest of the country, we were in awe of American Pharoah’s performance in the Belmont last Saturday and we’re honored to be able to welcome him back home here to Santa Anita,” said Keith Brackpool, Santa Anita Chairman. “We’d like to congratulate Mr. Zayat, Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza on winning America’s first Triple Crown in 37 years and we want to thank them for sharing this magnificent horse with all of us.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile won Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27 and was subsequently sidelined due to a foot injury, causing him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1.Headquartered at Baffert’s Barn 5 over the fall and winter, American Pharoah began his assault on the elusive Triple Crown with his first recorded breeze on Feb. 4, a crisp three furlong move in 36.20. Under Baffert’s stewardship, “Pharoah” would go on to register a total of six Santa Anita works prior to taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths at Oaklawn Park on March 14.In all, American Pharoah had eight works at his Santa Anita base in advance of winning the first leg in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 2.“From day one, we couldn’t miss any time with him,” said Baffert this past Wednesday morning. “We went three eighths, three eighths, five eighths…We hit every mark and he just thrived. The timing of everything was perfect.”American Pharoah will be greeted by his trainer and jockey, along with an anticipated throng of invited media at the Baffert Barn upon his arrival Thursday. It is also expected that the Triple Crown Champ will parade for the public on Santa Anita’s main track between races on June 27.last_img read more

Young generation made me QUIT! – Micky Gray’s Raheem Sterling rant on talkSPORT

first_imgMicky Gray told talkSPORT that the young generation of footballers caused him to quit the game, as they believed they had made it as a star after just one match.His comments come after Raheem Sterling flaunted his wealth on social media, showing off a flash house just days after England were humiliated at Euro 2016, losing to Iceland to fall out of the competition at the Round of 16 stage.Manchester City youngster Sterling has come under scrutiny since bursting onto the scene with Liverpool, being caught allegedly smoking a shisha pipe and inhaling nitrous oxide.Taken alongside some abject performances, many believe the 21-year-old cares more about his personal life than game of football, and Gray has revealed that he quit after coming into contact with similar players.Speaking to Colin Murray, the former England international said: “I got to Sheffield Wednesday, my last club, and I saw the biggest change I’d ever seen. From being a youngster, coming through as a professional at some great clubs, I went to Sheffield Wednesday and I’d never seen anything like it in my life. It made me quit.“What I saw was youngsters coming through into the first-team, and [doing] exactly the same thing [as Sterling]. Sat in the changing room with headphones on, dancing around to his own music, in his own head, and then playing a football match.“That was it; in one game and you’ve made it.”Whilst it could just be considered a phase which modern football is going through, and that will soon end, Gray actually believes this state is only going to get worse.“It’s not the manager’s fault,” Gray added. “I just think we’re mentally weak, and the weakness comes from generation after generation – and it’s going to get worse.“If anyone thinks we’re going to get better, we’re not going to get better.”last_img read more