In the latest WTF-did-Trump-do-now news, a memo written by James Comey sparked a frenzy that could seal the fate of the POTUS. The former FBI director’s notes after a February Oval Office meeting reveal the president asked Comey to end the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The memo, reportedly shared by Comey with FBI officials, is what The New York Times is calling “the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.” “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said to Comey according to the memo. “He is a good guy.”
Meanwhile, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, requested that all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” be “turned over” because they have the potential to “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede.”
In the first-ever federal hate crime conviction involving violence against a transgender person, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 49 years behind bars on Monday for killing his transgender ex-girlfriend. According to The New York Times, Joshua Vallum, 29, killed Mercedes Williamson, who was just 17, in May 2015 after a friend learned she was transgender. According to a statement released by the Justice Department, Vallum hid the fact that Williamson was transgender because he was a Latin Kings member and “believed he would be in danger” if others found out. “There is an epidemic of violence against transgender people, and particularly women of color, across the country,” said Rob Hill, Mississippi director for the Human Rights Campaign. “And yet today is the first time a perpetrator will be sentenced under federal hate crimes charges for killing a transgender person because that crime crossed a state line.” Vallum pled guilty in December.
The ACLU filed a discrimination complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education after two 15-year-old Black students were punished for wearing braids with hair extensions to Malden’s Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. “The policy specifically discriminates against African-American children as it relates to hair extensions,” Aaron Cook, who adopted the sisters with Colleen Cook told CBS News. “You typically do not see Caucasian children with hair extensions. The fact that it’s in the handbook does not make it a non-discriminatory policy.”
Speaking of a handbook, here’s the school’s admissions statement: “Mystic Valley Regional Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender identity, homelessness, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation with respect to admissions, access to programs or activities or employment opportunities.”
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