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The Journal Gazette

Friday, January 12, 2018 1:00 am


Democrat says panel should invite Ivanka

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says he wants to interview the president's daughter as part of the panel's Russia investigation, along with other witnesses who Republicans aren't inviting.

Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday that Republicans have declined to invite many witnesses that would be valuable to the inquiry, including Ivanka Trump and several people who he says have additional information about a June 2016 meeting between Russians and the Trump campaign.

At the Trump Tower meeting, several Trump campaign officials met with Russian operatives under the impression that they might receive damaging information about the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.  The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Ivanka Trump talked to at least two of the meeting's participants on the way out.

Assange gets Ecuador citizenship

Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London, officials announced Thursday.

“What naturalization does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection,” Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said.

Ecuador gave Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.

Missouri governor admits affair

When Eric Greitens sought Missouri's highest office, his résumé seemed hard to top: former Navy SEAL, former Rhodes scholar and founder of a veterans' charity. Most important, he said during the campaign, was his role as “a proud husband and father.”

On Thursday, the 43-year-old was fighting allegations that he photographed a hairdresser naked while having an affair with her and threatened to publicize the image if she spoke about their relationship. The top prosecutor in St. Louis quickly launched an investigation, and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers asked the attorney general to investigate as well.

Greitens acknowledged being “unfaithful” in his marriage before he was elected governor but denied taking any naked photos and threatening the woman to stay quiet.

School apologizes for slavery question

A Wisconsin private school that asked fourth-graders to list three good reasons for slavery and three bad ones apologized to parents after the mother of a black student shared the assignment on Facebook, calling it offensive.

In a letter to parents Tuesday, Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa agreed the homework was offensive and said it “showed a lack of sensitivity.” It also thanked the student's mother for bringing the issue to their attention.

Trameka Brown-Berry, the parent who shared the assignment online, said the school explained the assignment as a way to have students think about why white people once thought it OK to own slaves.