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Who is Robert Mueller, the man named special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference?

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

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 Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named to "oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters." 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement Wednesday of the appointment saying, "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command."

Who is Mueller? Here’s a quick look at the man named to lead the investigation.

  • Mueller was appointed FBI director in 2001 and led the FBI through the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He retired in 2013.
  • He was the second-longest FBI director in history.
  • Mueller, along with then Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, offered to resign from office in March 2004 if the White House overruled a Department of Justice finding that domestic wiretapping without a court warrant was unconstitutional.
  • Mueller was replaced as FBI director by James Comey.
  • He worked for 12 years in the US attorney's offices, in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and also working as an assistant US attorney in Boston.
  • He was an assistant to the U.S. attorney general in 1989.
  • He is a Vietnam War veteran. As a Marine in the 3rd Marine Division, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Gallantry Cross.
  • After leaving the FBI, Mueller joined private law firm WilmerHale.
  • The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.
  • He is 72. He was born in New York City. He graduated from Princeton.
  • Mueller is married and has two daughters.

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Watch: Good Samaritans lift car off trapped victims after crash

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM

Good Samaritans Rescue Car Crash Victims, Lift Vehicle

An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.

Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians. 

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But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.

WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.

In all four people were hit by the car and were injured in the crash, but police said they were all conscious and breathing, taken to area hospitals, WJLA reported.

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Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:03 PM

Krispy Kreme Offering Lemon-Glazed Doughnuts for One Week Only

Krispy Kreme is offering its signature doughnuts with lemon glaze, but only for a week.

Participating shops of the doughnut chain are offering the flavor from April 23 to April 29. The glaze was one of four options customers could vote for. The others, Food and Wine reported, were caramel, maple and blueberry.

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According to a news release, the #VoteForGlaze campaign pulled in nearly 2 million votes. Maple had 18 percent of the vote, while blueberry had 20 percent and caramel was second with had 26 percent.

Depending on the success of the limited run, Krispy Kreme could sell the lemon-glazed doughnuts seasonally, Food and Wine reported.

“Experimenting with the many flavor profiles lemon presents to create an all-new lemon glaze was a fun, but serious culinary challenge,” Jackie Woodward, Krispy Kreme’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our fans!”

Customers can find out if the Lemon Glaze Doughnut is available at a Krispy Kreme near them at KrispyKreme.com.

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Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

Who is Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson?

Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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President Donald Trump calls in to ‘Fox and Friends’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24: President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France April 24, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24: President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France April 24, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump took to the airwaves, speaking to Fox and Friends via phone Thursday morning. 

The unusual call started with the President mentioning that today was his wife, first lady Melania Trump’s birthday and being asked what he got her. 

He also praised her for her hosting the first couple’s first state dinner and the visit by French president Emmanuel Macron.

Trump telling the Fox News hosts that the meetings accomplished a lot and that Macron is viewing Iran differently than before he walked into the Oval Office. 

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When asked about the withdrawal of Ronny Jackson and his pursuit for nomination to the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump, in a rambling statement, blamed democrats for dragging out the approval for all appointments, targeting Sen. Chuck Schumer specifically that it takes years for the Senate to approve appointees, citing unfilled judicial positions.

Fox hosts hammered back, asking why majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, isn’t keeping Senators in session to  approve appointees, Trump said that McConnell should.

They also asked Trump if obstructionists win when nominees don’t fight back against the allegations against them, and he said yes and no, signaling out Sen. Jon Tester, (D - MT) saying that it was his fault that Jackson dropped out of the nomination process. Trump said that Tester’s allegations against Jackson were false and that Jackson has an unblemished record. Trump said Tester had a “big price to pay” in Montana and that was the reason that Tester targeted Jackson.

Trump then said that he has someone slated to nominate, but refused to say who it was, only saying that it is someone with “political capabilities.”

Check back for more on this developing story.

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