Chuck Schumer Says Next FBI Director Should ‘Not Be A Partisan Politician’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday laid out his criteria for the nation?s next FBI director, after President Donald Trump fired James Comey this week.

?The nominee should be not a partisan politician, not part of either party,? Schumer said on CNN?s ?State of the Union.? ?This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation. Second, it ought to be somebody who is experienced. You need a really good prosecutor here, somebody who knows how to do it. And third, it should be someone with courage. If there is interference or attempted interference to shut down the investigation, to misdirect it, you need somebody who is going to stand up.?

The minority leader also said Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate President Trump?s possible ties to Russia. 

?I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,? Schumer said. ?We?ll have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move.?

Trump dismissed Comey earlier this week amid the agency?s investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. The president is said to be interviewing several candidates for the job, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Schumer?s colleague and Senate majority whip. 

In a separate appearance on NBC?s ?Meet the Press,? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the next FBI director ought to be someone ?outside the political lane.?

?Under normal circumstances, [Cornyn] would be a superb choice to be FBI director,? he said. ?But these are not normal circumstances.?

Graham, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last week he wants to explore whether Trump?s businesses have any ties to Russia. On Sunday, the senator again called on Trump to release his tax returns.

Trump is also reportedly considering tapping Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, who previously served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, and Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who used to work in the Justice Department?s Criminal Division.

Adam Goldman, a reporter for The New York Times, tweeted Sunday Garcia was seen favorably by some active FBI agents.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

May 31, 2017

Leave a Comment

Mysterious Carving Of A Woman’s Face Emerges During Church Restoration

St. Mary?s Church in Rhode Island may be a treasure trove of secrets, and she?s just started letting them slip.

The church, which went up in 1849, is best known as the locale of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier?s wedding on September 12, 1953, but now it?s getting renewed attention thanks to a peculiar carving.

A woman?s face was recently uncovered during a restoration of the church?s enormous 1,674-pipe organ. And the face doesn?t appear to be just any woman?s face.

According to Reverend Kris von Maluski, it could be Mary Magdalene?s visage.

Rev. Von Maluski talked told the Associated Press that the carved woman has ?got to be significant to be on that level,? referring to the fact that her image is in line with carvings of the 12 apostles.

?The organ was so massive, she was lost for a very long time,? he told the news agency.

Magdalene was known as the ?apostle of the Apostles,? because, according to the New Testament, she was who Jesus appeared to first after he rose from the dead. It was Magdalene who informed the Apostles of the miracle.

The church?s mysterious face is split in half to form two profiles within St. Mary?s ? one in the right corner of the choir loft and one in the left. The church believes the carving dates back to when the structure was built. The church was designed by architect Patrick Keely, so Rev. von Maluski is reaching out to other churches he?s worked with in attempt to gather more information regarding the face.

To properly complete the restoration around this incredible discovery, the church has decided to make the new structure smaller and with ?a seven-inch gap to see the face? between the organ sides and the walls, according to The Newport Daily News.

The organ will be reinstalled beginning April 18, two days after Easter Sunday.

In addition to the readjusted organ installation, Newport Daily News reports that a mold of the face is being made to be put on ?permanent display to the right of the altar, along with two of the original organ pipes.?

?We have to give her a place of honor so she will never be lost to history again,? Rev.von Maluski told the publication.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

May 8, 2017

Leave a Comment