5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • NYT: Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump, invoking 25th Amendment

  • Trump attacks Christine Ford, says Kavanaugh's reputation is 'under assault'

  • At least 131 dead after Tanzanian ferry capsizes

  • Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 from 'serious illness'

  • Netflix, Academy reportedly in talks to stream the Oscars

Shortly into his tenure as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein reportedly talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump unfit to serve, The New York Times reports. Rosenstein additionally said in meetings that he might be able to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, onboard with the effort, the Times reports. He also reportedly suggested the idea of wearing a wire to secretly record Trump. The Times notes that an unnamed Justice Department spokeswoman said Rosenstein made the suggestion "sarcastically," but other sources told the paper that he was serious. Rosenstein told the Times in a statement that the story is "inaccurate," adding that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment."

Source: The New York Times

President Trump attacked Christine Blasey Ford and Democratic lawmakers on Twitter on Friday for trying to "destroy and delay" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process. Trump said that Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, would certainly have filed charges "immediately" after the alleged assault "if the attack ... was as bad as she says." He said that Kavanaugh's "impeccable reputation" is "under assault by radical left-wing politicians," and asked that Ford prove that she filed charges back in 1982. Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations, will testify about the matter Monday. Ford is also open to testifying next week.

Source: Donald J. Trump

At least 131 people have died after a Tanzanian ferry capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday. Initial reports put the death toll at just 44, but Tanzanian transportation minister Isack Kamwelwe said that the government is no longer searching for survivors and that the death toll could continue to rise. Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of "all those involved in the management of the ferry," per The Sunday Times. The ferry was reportedly holding up to 300 people at the time, despite its maximum capacity being around 100.

Source: The New York Times, The Sunday Times

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died Friday from a "serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors," state-run Vietnam Television reports. He was 61. Quang was appointed president in April 2016, and he last appeared in public on Wednesday, at a Politburo meeting and a reception for a Chinese delegation. He was one of three top leaders in the nation, along with the prime minister and Communist Party chief, and experts described his role as largely ceremonial. Before becoming president, Quang served as minister of public security, and before that he was a police general. He grew up in a small farming community south of Hanoi.

Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

"Key people" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are discussing whether the Oscars should move to a streaming service in the future, rather than continue languishing on television, Vanity Fair reported Friday. The awards show has been losing viewers on TV year after year, with fewer people watching in 2018 than ever before, per Variety. Vanity Fair reports that Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, approached the Academy last year to express interest in streaming the Oscars. The Academy is under contract with ABC through 2028, but one anonymous board member told Vanity Fair: "TV is going nowhere. So why don't we just get our money [from a streaming deal], not worry about ratings, and call it a day?”

Source: Vanity Fair, Variety
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