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State & National News

HJC launches broad investigation into executive branch alleged power abuses

The House Judiciary Committee, headed by Jarrold Nadler, sent 81 requests for documents to the White House in a probe of “possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his administration” reported Nicholas Fandos of the New York Times.

These requests “included the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign, the Trump Foundation, the presidential inaugural committee and the White House. The Justice Department and the F.B.I., which have collected substantial evidence on Mr. Trump’s behind-the-scenes interactions with federal investigators, were also recipients,” Fandos reported.

In a statement, Nadler said, “We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people. This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”

Special Council Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation requires more stringent standard of evidence since it is a criminal investigation, while the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation, according to Fadon, “takes aim at the heart of his norm-bending presidency and could conceivably form the basis of a future impeachment proceeding.”

Ohio teen sites social media as source of misinformation for his mother’s anti-vaccine stance

An Ohio teen, Ethan Lindenberger, testified before a Senate hearing committee that socail media sources such as Facebook and Twitter resulted in his mother’s stance against vaccinating hum.

“For my mother, her love and affection and care as a parent was used to push an agenda to create a false distress,” Lindenberger said at the hearing.

“My mother would turn to social media groups and not to factual sources like the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. It is with love and respect that I disagree with my mom.”

Lindenberger’s accusation raises questions about whose responsibility it is to sort and present factual information.