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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Mueller seeks 6 months in jail for former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos

  • Kofi Annan dies at 80

  • Trump claims social media censorship of the right

  • Manafort jury adjourns for the weekend

  • Saudi school bus bombing in Yemen reportedly used U.S.-made weapon

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is seeking a short prison sentence of up to six months for former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who allegedly delayed federal investigators by lying to them. "[Papadopoulos'] lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States," Mueller's team said in court filings Friday. "The defendant's false statements were intended to harm the investigation, and did so." The "Professor" in question is Joseph Mifsud, who reportedly has ties to the Russian government and contacted Papadopoulos offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about Mifsud to the FBI in October.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal, CNN

    Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan died Saturday after a brief illness, his family reported via his personal foundation. He was 80 years old. Born in Ghana in 1938, Annan began work at the U.N. in 1962, rising through the ranks to serve as secretary general from 1997 to 2006. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N. in 2001. Current U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Annan "provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving, and a path to a better world." Annan is survived by his wife and three children.

    Source: The Washington Post, CNN

    "Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," President Trump claimed on Twitter early Saturday. "Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won't let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others." In a follow-up tweet, the president went on to argue censorship "is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police" before suggesting he personally would like to censor CNN and MSNBC. Trump hedged in a final post, allowing that some of the voices suppressed are "bad," but maintaining "too many mistakes are being made."

    Source: Donald J. Trump, The Guardian

    After two days of deliberations, the jury in Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's trial for financial crimes adjourned for the weekend without a verdict. Manafort faces 18 charges of tax evasion, money laundering, and bank fraud. The jury is being kept anonymous for the duration of the trial, as the presiding judge, T.S. Ellis, has received death threats and hopes to spare them the same experience. Ellis said Friday morning he expected a verdict by the end of the day, but instead deliberations will resume Monday morning.

    Source: The Hill, The Week

    The weapon used in the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen earlier this month that killed 51 people, 40 of them children, and wounded over 100 more was manufactured in the United States, CNN reported Friday night. The bomb in question was reportedly a 500-pound laser-guided MK 82 bomb produced by Lockheed Martin, an American defense contractor. It was identified from numbers on the shrapnel. The Saudi coalition, which has been credibly accused of war crimes in Yemen, is supported by the United States. The coalition promised to investigate itself for this attack.

    Source: CNN, Voice of America News
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