President Biden, Brittany Griner, Griner discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


Morning, I'm Deborah Feinstein. And I'm Mark Lewis, Jocelyn chesson is our producer. Breaking news here on WTO, American basketball star Brittany griner has pleaded guilty in her trial in a court in Russia. Griner has been held more than four months after vape canisters with cannabis oil were allegedly found in her bags at a Moscow airport. The reports say grinder pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges, and that she told the cord through an interpreter she acted unintentionally while packing quickly. The reported plea comes a day after White House spokeswoman karine Jean Pierre said President Biden called grinder's wife to pledge every effort possible to free the basketball star. This has been top of mind for the president. Though the U.S. may have little leverage with Moscow given animosity over the Ukraine invasion, griner faces up to ten years in prison if convicted. Sagar Meghani, Washington. Meantime, the sister of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia more than three years ago, traveling as a tourist says she was crushed after hearing about President Biden's call to Britney grinder's wife. On Twitter, Elizabeth Whelan, writing, still looking for that press release saying potus has spoken to anyone in our family about Paul. The president's call to share griner came after she told CBS it was very disheartening not to have heard from the president directly. Brittany griner also hand wrote a letter to President Biden urging him not to forget about her and the other American detainees. Also breaking this morning Britain's colorful and controversial prime minister announced he is stepping down after dozens of top officials resigned in protest over what they say are his repeated lies, Boris Johnson accepting that the protest resignations of some 60 cabinet ministers aid and department heads into dizzying days had left him no choice. The herd instinct is powerful when the herd moves, it moves. And my friends in politics, no one is remotely indispensable. Not clear whether Johnson will get his wish to stay till his fellow conservatives elect his successor, his feta party, may try to appoint a caretaker prime minister before that. Vicki Barker CBS News, London. A Michigan candidate for governor this morning pleaded not guilty to charges related to the January 6th attack on the capitol. That story from WTO's Mitchell Miller on Capitol Hill. Ryan Kelly's plea came in a virtual hearing in D.C. federal court, and it comes just a day after he took part in a debate in Michigan among Republican candidates for governor. Kelly was asked during the debate for his view of January 6th. We were there protesting the government because we don't like the results of the 2020 election. The process of how it happened. And we have that First Amendment right. As documented by Politico, more than 850 people have now been charged in connection with January 6th, more than 300 have pleaded guilty mainly to misdemeanor charges. Trials involving more serious charges against members of far right groups like the oath keepers and Proud Boys are scheduled for later this year. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller, WTO, B news. Former FBI deputy director Andrew mccabe says there should be an investigation into how he and former FBI director James Comey were both subjected to an intensive tax audit by the IRS. The New York Times first reported that the tax agency conducted audits of mccabe and Comey after they were fired by then president Trump. The paper notes that the odds of any one person being selected for an audit are about one in 30,000 that raises questions about how two of Trump's most visible critics were both selected. The IRS says it's just a coincidence. 17 people will be awarded the nation's highest civilian honor at The White House today, President Biden will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, actor Denzel Washington, Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, and American soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, among others. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and former senator John McCain will be given the award posthumously. Stick around coming up after traffic and weather, why several prosecutors in Maryland issued policies on abortion rights on Kate Ryan. 1136. Hello

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