The Daily Moth 10-2-19

Bernie Sanders undergoes heart procedure; Trump impeachment inquiry updates; Florida man busted for cutting electric scooter brake lines; At least 5 killed in vintage plane crash

[Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, October 2. Ready for news?


Bernie Sanders undergoes heart procedure

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who is running for president, had a heart procedure for a blocked artery yesterday in Las Vegas. He had two stents inserted and is said to be recovering well.

Sanders is 78 years old and the oldest Democratic presidential candidate. President Trump is 73.

Yesterday the Sanders campaign announced they raised more than $25 million over the past three months.

This is the second health issue that has caused delays to Sanders’ campaign. Last month he cancelled appearances in South Carolina because he lost his voice.


Trump impeachment inquiry updates

Today the chairpersons of three House committees warned President Trump and the White House that they would issue a subpoena if they continued to refuse to provide documents related to the phone call in which Trump asked for Ukraine’s help with investigating Joe Biden. The deadline is this Friday.

House committees have already issued subpoenas to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo told reporters that he was on the line on the Ukraine phone call. He did not answer a question on if he heard anything inappropriate on the call. Pompeo said yesterday and today that House Democrats were acting like bullies against State Department employees.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif) accused Trump of encouraging violence against the whistleblower who exposed the Ukraine call. Schiff warned Trump to not interfere with the investigation.

President Trump tweeted that the “Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLS***…” He also accused Democrats of trying to undo the election.

This afternoon, the New York Times reported that Chairman Schiff found out about the whistleblower’s concerns several days before the official whistleblower complaint was filed. The Times said the whistleblower is a CIA officer who first shared his concerns with a top CIA lawyer and then shared it with an aide on the House Intelligence Committee. The aide suggested the person to find a lawyer. He then filed a whistleblower complaint.

President Trump said at an afternoon press conference that this was a big story. He held up a printed paper of the article. He said that Schiff helped to write the whistleblower complaint in a scam.

Schiff’s team said this was not true and that he never met the whistleblower or knew in advance what the complaint was going to say.


Florida man busted for cutting electric scooter brake lines

A 59-year-old man from southern Florida, Randall T. Williams, was caught on camera purposefully cutting the brake lines on a Lime electric scooter.

Police were investigating over a hundred tampering incidents with scooters in the Fort Lauderdale area. They zeroed in Williams as a suspect and set up scooters to see if he would do something to them, and sure enough he was caught “red-handed.”

A video released by police shows Williams walking up to two parked scooters, tampering with the handle on one of them, and then uses a tool to cut the brake lines. This is dangerous because the scooters can go up to 15 to 17 mph on streets.

Williams was charged with resisting arrest, prowling and third-degree felony criminal mischief.

Police said there was a number of scooters with brake lines cut within a two-block radius of Williams’ home. If he is convicted of tampering with them, then he could be responsible for costs to repair them, which is $70 per scooter.

Lime said none of their riders were harmed from the tampering and that they would take legal action against anyone who damages or vandalizes their scooters.


At least 5 killed in vintage plane crash

At least five people died and nine were injured when a World War II era aircraft crashed at the Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. There were 13 people on board, 3 crew and 10 passengers. One person on the ground was injured.

It is possible the death toll will increase. The plane crashed into a shed while trying to land. The plane is said to slide off the runway into the shed.

It seems like there was a problem with the plane immediately after it took off because the pilot asked for permission to land 5 minutes after takeoff.

The plane was a Collings Foundation World War II B-17G bomber and was known as the “Flying Fortress.” The plane is not flown by the military and is registered to a civilian. The plane was part of a tour where people could pay $450 to ride on the plane.


That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!


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