Parts of former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book started to see the light of day, and it's a doozy! Among Bolton's shocking claims:
- President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win re-election by agreeing to buy agricultural products.
- Bolton chided House Democrats for not investigating other troubling incidents involving Trump that could be impeachable offenses.
- Bolton said obstruction of justice in the Trump White House was a "way of life" as the president routinely sought to intervene in legal matters to help authoritarian leaders he liked.
- Trump claimed Americans were clamoring for him to change the Constitution so he could serve more than two terms.
- Trump said it was okay that China was building concentration camps to hold Uighur Muslims.
- The president did not know England was a nuclear power and though Finland was part of Russia.
- Trump was obsessed with getting a copy of Elton John's "Rocket Man" CD to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
- Defended the Saudis in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to distract from news about his daughter, Ivanka, using a private email for government business.
- Trump said journalists should be jailed and executed.
In an interview, Bolton says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks "he can play Trump like a fiddle" [ABC News].
The Justice Department is seeking an emergency court order to prevent the release of Bolton's book [WaPo].
On Wednesday Trump called Bolton a "liar" and said his book "broke the law," but did not refute any specific allegations from Bolton's book [The Hill].
President Trump said the coronavirus is "dying out," but medical experts vehemently disagree [CNN].
The Trump White House says there are no plans to cancel the president's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and said attendees "assume a personal risk" when it comes to the coronavirus [Politico].
Scientists are worried that the Trump Administration's focus on finding a vaccine for the coronavirus is overlooking other available therapies that could work [CNN].
The ex-Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks is facing a felony murder charge. Prosecutors say the former officer also kicked Brooks after he fell to the ground [CNN].
The House Judiciary Committee advanced a Democratic-backed police reform bill after an emotional debate [Politico].
Senate Democrats are mulling stopping a Republican police reform bill because it doesn't go far enough in their opinion [Politico].
Los Angeles city officials are moving to replace some LAPD officers with unarmed crisis responders [CNN].
Some of President Trump's advisers are worried he's spending too much time wallowing in self-pity about negative news coverage about the botched response to the coronavirus and nationwide protests, and they fear he is not interested in winning a second term [NYT].
The global economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic could erase more wealth than the 2008 financial crisis, which wiped out $10 trillion [Bloomberg].
Target is raising its minimum wage for workers to $15 an hour in July, which is four months earlier than they planned [CNN].