THE DRIVE: Dem says docs suggest Flynn lied; Cosby jury selection; insurers seek stability

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The top Democrat on a House oversight committee says documents he’s reviewed suggest that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments Flynn received from a Russian state-sponsored television network.

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Democrat says documents suggest Flynn lied

 

The top Democrat on a House oversight committee says documents he’s reviewed suggest that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments Flynn received from a Russian state-sponsored television network.

 

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says Flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to Moscow was “funded by U.S. companies.” Cummings says the actual source of the funds was “the Russian media propaganda arm, RT.”

 

Cummings made the statements in a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican and chairman of the House oversight committee. Cummings’ letter came the same day Flynn declined to provide documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

 

 

 

3 white men, 2 white woman seated for Cosby jury

 

Three men and two women have been chosen to serve on the sequestered jury that will hear Bill Cosby’s sex assault case.

 

Two of the men say they or someone close to them has been a sexual assault victim, but both say they can be fair.

 

All of the jurors selected so far are white in a case that Cosby believes may have racial overtones.

 

Jury selection will resume Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The trial will start June 5 near Philadelphia. A panel of 12 jurors and six alternates is needed.

 

 

 

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision

 

WASHINGTON — Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo billions of dollars in federal payments.

 

At the federal courthouse, the administration and House Republicans asked appeals judges for a 90-day extension in a case that involves federal payments to reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes who buy their own policies. The fate of $7 billion in “cost-sharing subsidies” remains under a cloud as insurers finalize their premium requests for next year.

 

In requesting the extension, lawyers for the Trump administration and the House said the parties are continuing to work on measures, “including potential legislative action,” to resolve the issue. Requests for extensions are usually granted routinely.

 

 

 

Gore says Trump can’t stop climate movement

 

CANNES, France — Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president’s efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday.

 

Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the Cannes Film Festival, claiming that new U.S. state regulations and clean-energy solutions are speeding ahead.

 

“We now know after four months of the Trump administration that no one person can stop the climate movement, not even the president,” said Gore, who was in Cannes to promote the sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

 

 

 

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states.

 

The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor’s office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the two districts. The result was to weaken African-American voting strength elsewhere in North Carolina.

 

In recent years, the Supreme Court has ruled for civil rights groups and black voters in challenges to political districts in Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia.

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