What to Know
- President Trump declared he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey
- Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released
- The confession of an inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained, judges affirm
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Trump Says He Does Not Have, “Did Not Make” Tapes of Comey
President Trump declared he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy. "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information," Trump said in his latest tweets, he has "no idea" whether there are "tapes" or recordings of the two men's conversations. But he proclaimed he "did not make, and do not have, any such recordings." That left open the possibility that recordings were made without his knowledge or by someone else. But he largely appeared to close the saga that began in May, just days after he fired Comey, then the head of an investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russian officials. Trump has disputed Comey's version of a January dinner during which the director said the president had asked for a pledge of loyalty.
Centers Treat More Burn Patients as Heat Wave Scorches Southwest
The main burn center in Phoenix has seen its emergency department visits double during the heat wave that is scorching the Southwest U.S., including people burning their bare feet on the scalding pavement. Dr. Kevin Foster, director of the Arizona Burn Center, said this June is the worst the center has seen in 18 years. Most patients arrive with contact burns from touching hot car interiors or walking outside without shoes. Foster said one child received contact burns after crawling through a doggy door onto the hot pavement. The burns are among several hazards resulting from a heat wave that has plagued Arizona, Nevada and California, including deaths, increased wildfire risks and a water shortage in one community. The heat wave brought a high of 119 degrees in Phoenix.
Home Health Aide Arrested at JFK as He Prepared to Join ISIS, Feds Say
A Bronx home health aide was arrested at Kennedy Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey in an apparent attempt to join ISIS, federal prosecutors say. Saddam "Adam" Mohamed Raishani, 30, was allegedly planning to leave his family and life in New York City to support the deadly terrorist organization in Syria, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim alleges. He was planning to get into the country through Turkey. Raishani has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and was set to face a judge in federal court. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. The FBI and NYPD began investigating Raishani in January when he contacted a confidential source working with law enforcement to tell him he wanted to join ISIS, authorities said. He told the source he'd already helped another person get from New York to the Middle East to join ISIS and regretted not having gone with him.
Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell's Office
Capitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released. Police made a total of 43 arrests at the demonstrations, the Capitol Police said. They were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding, authorities said. The Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities. Video of the protest showed the protesters being carried away by police officers as they chanted "no cuts to Medicaid." Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows.
“Making a Murderer” Confession Was Coerced, Judges Affirm
The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel has ruled. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard. Avery was sentenced to life in a separate trial. A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction. The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome. A three-judge panel from the Chicago-based 7th Circuit upheld the magistrate's decision to overturn his conviction. State attorneys' only recourse now is the U.S. Supreme Court. They could also elect to re-try Dassey.
“Ghostbusters II” Child Star Hank Deutschendorf, 29, Dies in Apparent Suicide
Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, the child actor who played baby Oscar in "Ghostbusters II," died on June 14 of an apparent suicide at the age of 29. According to the San Diego Coroner's report, it was a suicide by hanging. The former actor was discovered by his twin brother, William, who also starred as baby Oscar in the "Ghostbusters" sequel, in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. The coroner's report says, "The decedent was a single, 29-year-old Caucasian male who resided with his girlfriend in an apartment in the city of Escondido. On the evening of 06/14/17, he was found suspended by a ligature around his neck in his closet by his brother." The report continues, "After cutting him down, 9-1-1 was called and first responders arrived at the home. His death was then confirmed without medical interventions due to signs of rigidity. He had a long history of depression."