News Headlines 7/1/21

TRUMP ORGANIZATION, CFO WEISSELBERG REPORTEDLY INDICTED: Former President Donald Trump‘s company, the Trump Organization, and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, have been indicted, according to media reports last night (June 30th). The criminal indictments for tax crimes related to fringe benefits given to top executives are expected to be announced today. Those benefits include things like the use of apartments, cars and school tuition, according to AP. Weisselberg has reportedly been targeted, in part, because of his son’s use of a Trump apartment at little or no cost. There was no indication that Trump himself will be charged at this point in the joint investigation by the Manhattan and New York State district attorneys.

SIX MORE VICTIMS, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, FOUND IN RUBBLE OF COLLAPSED FLORIDA CONDO: The remains of six more victims, including two children, were found Wednesday (June 30th) in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, which partially collapsed a week ago. The children were identified as 10-year-old Lucia Guara and four-year-old Emma Guara. The remains of their mother, Anaely Rodriguez, were also recovered yesterday, and those of their father were found on Saturday. The total confirmed number of dead is now 18, with 145 people still missing. Also yesterday, a ramp was completed that should allow rescuers to use heavier equipment, hopefully speeding up the search through the concrete rubble. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Surfside today, where they will meet with the families, as well as with the first responders and rescue teams.

EXTREME HEAT WAVE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST COULD HAVE CAUSED HUNDREDS OF DEATHS: Authorities in Oregon and Washington state and in western Canada said yesterday (June 30th) that they were investigating hundreds of deaths that were likely caused by the historic heat wave that seared the Pacific Northwest in the past few days. Oregon health officials said more than 60 deaths have been linked to the extreme temperatures, which the region isn’t used to, and at least 20 deaths in Washington were tied to the heat. British Columbia chief’s coroner said her office had reports of deaths between Friday and Wednesday that were more than normal by some 300 people. Interior regions were still being affected by the heat wave yesterday, while temperatures had cooled significantly in western Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

HOUSE VOTES TO CREATE COMMITTEE TO PROBE U.S. CAPITOL ATTACK: The House yesterday (June 30th) approved the creation of a special committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, with just two Republicans joining with the Democrats in the 222-190 vote. They were Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost her position in the Republican House leadership because of her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger. The Democrats, who hold the House majority, will be in charge of the panel. Its creation comes after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission whose members would have been evenly split between both parties. Several police officers who were injured fighting with the rioters on January 6th were in the gallery above the House floor for the vote.

  • Meanwhile, 54-year-old Mark Grods, yesterday became the second member of the extremist Oath Keepers group to plead guilty to conspiracy for storming the Capitol to try to block the certification of Joe Biden‘s presidential victory and to agree to cooperate with prosecutors