Talk of Impeachment Grows; Trump Crowned “Leaker of the Free World;” Kasich Piles on Trump
In the face of rising pressure from the public and Capitol Hill, the U.S. Justice Department tapped former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow. CNN reports that Mueller is viewed as a non-political dogged investigator.
Having trouble keeping track of all the times Trump has mishandled classified information or criticized others for having done so? Here’s your cheat sheet.
Obviously, there’s the latest revelation this week that Trump encouraged former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. This was followed by reports that Trump directly revealed “highly classified” information to Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister in the Oval Office. The New York Daily News called him the “Leaker of the Free World” over that one. Gov. John Kasich called this “the ultimate breach of behavior in the intelligence community.”
While impeachment is a complicated process, the path to impeachment seems to be growing shorter. Over 1 million Americans have added their names to the campaign to Impeach Trump Now. Please do the same.
Groups Representing More than 1 Million Ohioans File Ethics Complaint Against Supreme Court Justice Who Helped Right to Life Raise Money
Several physicians, organizations and ProgressOhio filed a complaint with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. This complaint centers on Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy’s decision to speak at a fundraiser for Greater Toledo Right to Life as the state’s high court prepares to hear a case that could close Toledo’s last abortion clinic.
ProgressOhio’s Sandy Theis noted:
“There have been 18 new restrictions passed since John Kasich has taken office, they’ve closed half the abortion clinics, and they put the head of Ohio Right to Life – who is not a doctor – on the state medical board. The entire apparatus of government in Ohio is stacked against women, and we can’t let the judicial branch become compromised as well.”
The Physicians Action Network echoed these concerns:
“There also is no medically sound reason for Ohio to impose more stringent requirements on abortion facilities than on other medical facilities that perform procedures with similar, or even greater, risks.”
Read more here.
Trump’s ‘Dangerous Obsession’ With Curbing Repro Rights Targets Poor Women Abroad
The Trump administration is expanding its policy banning U.S. foreign aid to groups performing abortions overseas. Known as the “Global Gag Rule,” this policy will impact over $8 billion in funding for international health programs including those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, family planning and reproductive health. This is NOT Pro-Life.
Stock Market Rises but University of Cincinnati Loses Millions in Hedge Funds; Congress Wants to Help Wall Street Hurt Even More People
Last fiscal year, the University of Cincinnati’s investment portfolio lost 1.3 percent, or about $8.3 million.
How did this happen? So-called “alternative” investments, which include real estate and hedge funds. UC’s hedge fund investments returned an average of 2.7 percent over the last five years. The S&P 500 index returned 12.1 percent a year. CityBeat did the math and the difference in what the University of Cincinnati could have made is $78.5 million, and posed the question: “How many scholarships could UC have funded with $78.5 million?”
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress want to undo some Wall Street reforms. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren explains it – and what you can do to help.
Prison Guards Protest Over Drug Epidemic; ACLU Wants Juveniles to Get A Lawyer Before They Say ‘No’ to Representation
On May 31, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) plans to picket the Lucasville Prison to highlight the impact the drug epidemic is having on the prison system and its guards.
A report last year by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee ranked the Lucasville Prison as the state’s most violent, citing gang activity and high drug use. The prison also houses Ohio’s lethal-injection chamber. Lucasville is Ohio’s primary maximum-security institution and consistently the most violent in the state in inmate-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff assaults, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
In another effort to improve the criminal justice system, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is looking to require that juvenile offenders speak to an attorney before waiving counsel.
Kasich Walks, Talks & Sells Books Like a U.S. Senate Candidate; Tiberi to Stay Put; Rep. Clyde and Sen. LaRose Join Race for Top Elections Post
Speculation is mounting that Gov. John Kasich is preparing a run for the U.S. Senate next year. Comments about this plan posted on Kasich’s Facebook page by Republicans were deleted. Ohio Treasurer John Mandel is actively seeking the GOP nomination for Senate. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who teamed up with Republicans on legislation to help Ohio battle its growing opioid crisis.
Congressman Pat Tiberi announced he won’t run for U.S. Senate. As a statewide candidate and officeholder, there are way more constituents to ignore. Tiberi has mastered the art of ignoring voters in his congressional district, many of whom are livid that he voted in favor of the Obamacare replacement.
Northeast Ohio Homeowners Sue to Try and Block Natural Gas Pipeline
On the heels of several major pipeline construction spills, some northeast Ohio residents are taking matters into their own hands to protect their land and drinking water. A suit was filed earlier this week to halt further construction of a natural gas pipeline. This follows last week’s announcement of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fines due to two million gallons of frack fluid spilled in the Tuscarawas County wetlands. These wetland feed into Lake Erie. Collecting these fines may be difficult. The natural pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners is arguing that its drilling permits are through a federal agency.
Sen. Rob Portman in Hot Seat over Obamacare Replacement
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has the opportunity to be the moderating force in health care reform, if he chooses to look out for the interests of Ohioans over those of his own party. Portman has been tapped to help draft the Senate version of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA).
He has been reminded of the number of Ohioans who benefit from Medicaid Expansion, and how losing critical components of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) put millions of Americans at risk of losing their health care while also potentially worsening the current opioid epidemic.