In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday December 19th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Congressional Members Call For Investigation in Death of Guatemalan Girl in U.S. Custody.
A seven year old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died in U.S. custody. According to the DHS, her death followed days of traveling through the desert without enough food or water. Customs and Border Protection did not notify Congress of the death within 24 hours, as required by law.
A number of members of Congress toured several border facilities and called for an independent investigation into the young girl’s death.
Patricia Okoumou Who Climbed Statue of Liberty to Protest Family Separation Found Guilty.
Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of Trump’s immigration policies, has been found guilty on charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, and interfering with government agency functions.
These charges collectively could send her to jail for up to 18 months. She will be sentenced on March 5. She pleaded not guilty.
Trump Foundation To Shut Down After Lawsuit Exposes ‘Pattern of Illegality’.
The news that the charity will shut down was announced by New York’s attorney general, Barbara Underwood, who said the Trump Foundation had signed a stipulation agreeing to dissolve the foundation under judicial supervision. The patterns of illegality included unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign and repeated and willful self-dealing.
Any remaining funds must be distributed to charitable causes which can be chosen by Trump and his children Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric, but they must be submitted to the court within 30 days and approved by the attorney general.
Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison. Cohen’s sentence resulted from two cases. He pleaded guilty in a Manhattan US attorney’s case to two campaign-finance violations tied to payments he made or orchestrated to women during the campaign to stay silent about alleged sexual encounters with Trump.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing has been postponed for several months so he can have more of an opportunity to cooperate in federal investigations. Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents in a January 24, 2017, interview in the West Wing of the White House.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander not running for re-election in 2020
Republican US Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he won’t seek re-election in 2020. This announcement opens up a 2020 Senate seat in a state Donald Trump carried by 26 points in 2016.