What we’re reading: Trump’s calling the nominees


By Brittany Kasko

We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got Trump announcing nominees for UN ambassador and attorney general, Tillerson speaking out and Comey planning to testify.

Midterm drama continues in North Carolina

According to CNN, dozens of absentee ballots were witnessed by four people in Robeson County. This county is adjacent to the place state election board investigators had been focused on during the election.

North Carolina has a law which requires two witnesses to sign the envelopes of absentee ballots, usually friends or family.

Investigators are looking into an allegation that Leslie McCrae Dowless’ group picked up unsealed ballots and either witnessed them, turned them in, or threw them away.

President Trump nominated the U.S. ambassador to the UN today

President Trump named Heather Nauert as the nominee for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations today.

Nauert had a career as a broadcast journalist at ABC News and Fox News before becoming the State Department spokesperson in April 2017.

According to ABC News, Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who will be leaving in October 2019.

President Trump employs undocumented immigrants in New Jersey

According to NBC News, President Trump has employed immigrants at his golf club in New Jersey.

“I told them that I don’t have papers, I don’t speak English and that I was an immigrant. They said, ‘No it doesn’t matter,” said Victorina Morales, a housekeeper at Trump National Golf Club.

When Trump was running for president, he said he used no undocumented immigrants during the construction of his hotel in Washington, D.C.

Rex Tillerson discussed working with “undisciplined” Trump

Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of State, was fired in March and is now speaking out about his time spent with President Trump

According to CBS News, Tillerson described President Trump as “pretty undisciplined” and that they “did not have a common value system.”

Tillerson said he felt the only way to appropriately conduct himself with President Trump was in “a straightforward fashion.”

President Trump announced his nominee for Attorney General

President Trump announced this morning that he will nominate William P. Barr for attorney general.

According to the New York Times, Barr previously served as attorney general during George H.W. Bush’s presidency from 1991 to 1993.

President Trump said, “he was my first choice since day 1.”

Former FBI Director will testify in House GOP Probe

Former FBI Director, James B. Comey, met with members of two House panels this morning and his testimony will most likely be one of the last that the combined panel will hear.

According to The Washington Post, Comey originally insisted on giving a public testimony regarding the investigations of President Trump’s alleged Russia ties and Hillary Clinton’s email.

He ultimately agreed to a closed-door interview and to drop a legal challenge to a subpoena, only under the condition that a transcript of the interview be released.

That’s all we have for today.