Happy Tuesday, everyone. Yesterday was loaded with headlines, so let's get to it.
1) Durham District Attorney will not prosecute cop who fatally shot Frank Clark.
It's been four months since Durham PD Master Officer Charles Barkley shot McDougald Terrace resident Frank Clark
and it looks like, for now anyway, the case is closed, as D.A. Roger Echols told the public, via a statement, that he would not pursue criminal charges against the shooter. It's worth noting that the DPD is keeping Barkley on administrative leave until it completes its own investigation into the matter, but here is what Echols had to say:
Dave Hall, an attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the Clark family attorney, wasn't satisfied. From Hall:
2) FBI director talks Russia, wiretaps ... and it's not looking good for President Trump and his team, despite what he says on Twitter.
James Comey, also known as the guy who screwed Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, threw a left hook at the Trump administration Monday during testimony he delivered before the House Intelligence Committee. Here are some of the highlights, brought to you by the "failing" Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times:
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the agency is investigating whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
Mr. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that “Russia is fake news” that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency. Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said officers would pursue it “no matter how long that takes.”
continued that "American intelligence agencies concluded in January that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia personally ordered a covert effort to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances and aid Mr. Trump. That included hacking political targets, including the Democratic National Committee, and releasing embarrassing emails through the website WikiLeaks."
Jesus. Well, at least the White House took Comey's testimony seriously. Oh ... wait.
The White House dismissed most of Mr. Comey’s testimony, saying there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia and so there was nothing to investigate. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said the more pressing issue was who disclosed classified information about Mr. Trump’s advisers to journalists, suggesting that they might have been former members of the Obama administration.
Buckle up, America. This could get good. And by good, sadly we mean bad.
3) Wake County commissioners tell the Legislature to "raise the age."
It might not have any impact, but the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to support a bill that would keep juveniles out of adult court.
The vote was unanimous.
OK. That should do you some good around the water cooler today. Go enjoy the weather. Bye for now.