ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
73°
Partly Cloudy
H 90° L 68°
  • cloudy-day
    73°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 90° L 68°
  • cloudy-day
    90°
    Today
    Partly Cloudy. H 90° L 68°
  • cloudy-day
    91°
    Tomorrow
    Partly Cloudy. H 91° L 69°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb news on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

National Govt & Politics
Ryan urges no rush to judgment as GOP grapples with Trump-Comey fallout
Close

Ryan urges no rush to judgment as GOP grapples with Trump-Comey fallout

Ryan urges no rush to judgment as GOP grapples with Trump-Comey fallout
Photo Credit: Jamie Dupree

Ryan urges no rush to judgment as GOP grapples with Trump-Comey fallout

House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers on Wednesday that Congress should gather all the evidence about why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last week, as Republicans vowed to focus on the work of the American people, even as Mr. Trump's struggles cast a shadow over their legislative work on Capitol Hill.

"Our job is to be responsible, sober, and focused only on gathering the facts," Ryan said about reports that the President had urged Comey to drop a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

At a news conference following a closed door meeting of House Republicans, Ryan also raised questions about Comey's version of events at the White House, asking "if this happens as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time?"

"So, there are a lot of unanswered questions," the Speaker told reporters.

Once again today, there was no evidence from interviews of Republicans fleeing the President, as some said all was fine with Mr. Trump.

"We want to see what develops, but at this point, I have not seen anything that is that alarming," Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), who said a lot of the reports simply involve "speculation."

"It is very clear that a lot of people want to see the President distracted," Aderholt added to reporters gathered outside the offices of the Republican National Committee.

"At the end of the day, the President has his job to do - we have our job to do - but it's important to get all the facts straight," said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).

But there were some voices in the GOP who saw the need to do more.

"It's very important however that Director Comey come before the Congress as soon as possible," said Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ).

Some Republicans said the focus on the President was all wrong, echoing White House calls for an investigation of leaks about the Russia matter and Flynn.

"That's really what the story ought to be, not something the President said to somebody in a private meeting," said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who said he wants Comey questioned about that.

"I think he needs to come up here and we need to find out where a lot of these leaks are coming from," Loudermilk added.

Others questioned the veracity of any notes taken by the former FBI Director, and whether the Congress should even pay attention to such evidence.

"He could have done the notes two days ago," said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

As for the President, he was out of town, giving the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut - in that speech, he knocked the press for giving him historically bad treatment.

"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media; no politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly," Mr. Trump said.

As for the investigation on Capitol Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday sent a letter to Comey, as well as the current Acting FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, asking Comey to return for testimony, and to get any relevant notes and memos about contacts with the President.

Also asking for the Comey memos was the Senate Judiciary Committee, which asked for Comey memos to be handed over within one week.

"This is all about finding out as many facts as we can," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), as he was trailed by a pack of reporters while walking to the Senate floor for a vote.

"I think we need to be privy to facts," Rubio said.

Read More

News

  • A 58-year-old man is behind bars after police said he raped a child nightly over a three-year period. According to the Jackson Sun, William Paul Godwin of Parsons, Tennessee, was arrested Sunday and charged with 12 counts of child rape, as well as one count of continuous child rape, authorities said. >> Read more news stories Godwin is accused of forcing the girl into sexual intercourse nightly beginning in fall 2012, when she was 5, the Sun reported. The victim said the rapes continued until summer 2015, according to court documents. Godwin was jailed on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 8, WBBJ reported. Read more here or here.
  • A man who police said made threats toward children months ago outside an Incredible Pizza restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, has been arrested. Zantarrian Ferguson was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and evading arrest with third-party injuries, police said. Police told WHBQ-TV that Ferguson was asked to leave the business in November after threatening a group of people about stealing a phone. >> Read more trending news Once outside, Ferguson pulled out an AK-47 and aimed it at a bus filled with children, according to police.  People at the scene pleaded for Ferguson to put the gun away, but he continued to yell at the bus, authorities said. Police said Ferguson eventually got into the driver's seat of a silver SUV and fled the scene. Officers reportedly found Ferguson on Cordova Road fleeing the scene south of Incredible Pizza. Police said they caught up with Ferguson in the Walmart parking lot in the 500 block North Germantown Parkway. When police approached the vehicle, Ferguson fled the scene again at a high rate of speed, authorities said. Ferguson eventually crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Walnut Grove and Germantown Parkway. Police said Ferguson fled the scene again, but several children were in the car at the time of the crash. The youngest child was only 2 years old. Investigators also located the AK-47 and two Glock pistols inside the vehicle, police said. Ferguson is being held on a $21,000 bond. His next court appearance is July 2 at 9 a.m.
  • A Memphis, Tennessee, family is devastated and trying to cope with the loss of their 4-year-old son.  Ayden Robinson was accidentally shot and killed by his 3-year-old brother Monday at the Pershing Park Apartments in Frayser, authorities said.  >> On Fox13Memphis.com: Boy, 4, accidentally shot and killed by 3-year-old brother, police say When WHBQ-TV spoke with the boys' parents on Tuesday, their emotions were still raw from the tragic death.  Precious Wright and Travis Robinson are not only grieving their child’s loss  but also figuring out how they are going to pay for his funeral. “I wish he could come back,” Wright said. “I just want my baby to come back.” Wright was understandably emotional as she described the loss. On Monday afternoon, Wright rushed Ayden to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital after he was shot accidentally by his brother. Police said Ayden and his little brother, Jayden, found an unattended gun in a dresser drawer inside the apartment. Investigators confirmed that the boys were alone inside that room when the shooting happened. “Ayden, he was always a nice child,” said Travis Robinson, the boys’ father. “He was that child that needed special attention – that love. He always acted like a baby, so I treated him like a baby. Because in my eyes, he still is a baby.” According to police documents, Jayden accidentally shot Ayden. He was rushed to the hospital but later died. Nathaniel Wilkins, Wright’s boyfriend, is now being charged with reckless homicide. Wilkins admitted the gun belonged to him and that he 'left it in an area accessible to the children,' according to the arrest affidavit.  “Jayden, when it comes down to it at night, he’s going to be like, ‘Momma, where’s Ayden at? I want Ayden.’ I don’t even know how I’m going to explain to him where his brother’s at,” said the boys’ father. >> Read more trending news Now, the boys’ parents are dealing with the grief while also making plans to bury their son. “I never thought I’d be wearing a ‘Rest in Peace’ shirt of my son, with his name on it, or put ‘Long Live Ayden,' his picture or his name. I never expected it,” Travis Robinson said. The young parents didn’t have insurance, leaving them with large medical bills and funeral expenses. “Just help me and my baby. Help my family. He didn’t mean no harm. I just love him so much,” Wright said. If you are interested in donating to the family’s GoFundMe campaign, click here.
  • Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify publicly in House hearings on July 17. >> Read more trending news House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint statement that the special counsel has agreed to testify about the Trump-Russia report he issued in April. The Justice Department declined to comment. >> MORE: Mueller resigns as Special Counsel, refuses to exonerate Trump on obstruction The committees have been in negotiations with Mueller for more than two months about his testimony. But he has been hesitant to testify and speak about the investigation beyond a public statement he issued last month. >> Read the latest from our Washington Insider, Jamie Dupree  In a letter to Mueller accompanying the subpoenas, the committee chairmen said “the American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions.” President Donald Trump has denied all wrongdoing and consistently framed Mueller’s investigation as an expensive and politically motivated “witch hunt” aimed at hurting his presidency.  Late Tuesday, Trump appeared to respond to the news in a tweet. “Presidential Harassment!” he wrote. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Scientists at the University of St. Andrews taught three young gray seals to sing, literally. >> Read more trending news Seals, which generally bark, and other marine mammals are known for some of the sounds they make. Whales sing, dolphins click, penguins peep and walruses bellow. Researchers, though, were able to train the three young seals to bark out the notes to the opening bars of the theme from “Star Wars” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” The research is published in the journal Current Biology. It’s not just that teaching a seal to sing is an interesting project, St. Andrews scientists said they wanted to learn more about how seals communicate with each other, according to Smithsonian magazine. Knowing how seals communicate in the wild could become important in the future to conservation efforts.
  • An Orlo Vista, Florida, man believes someone brutally tortured and killed his dog after finding it burned to death in an ash pile down the street from his home. >> Read more trending news The Chihuahua, Stink, never left the side of Rick Parmenter. 'She was so wonderful,' Parmenter told WFTV. 'Anyone who has been to a concert in the Orlando area knows Stink.' Rick's grandson found the dog's charred remains with her collar still on in an ash pile surrounded by beer cans and bottles behind a business. The family posted missing signs and even offered a $200 reward after Stink escaped the family home Saturday morning. Rick said he cannot imagine why someone would hurt such a little dog. Animal crime investigators continue to search for clues and speak with those who live nearby while officials conduct a necropsy to learn how exactly Stink died. 'The findings on that will help, you know how forensics are these days,' said Paramenter. 'So we'll see what happens.' Although the family has its suspicions about who might have been involved with the dog's death, no one has been arrested for the crime.