U.S. Senate judiciary panel head wants special counsel to investigate Trump probe

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he will ask Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to look into the origins of the investigation of whether President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

White House defers on Mueller’s report release, Democrats seek details

The White House said on Monday it was up to the Justice Department to decide whether detailed findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation will be released, a day after the top U.S. law enforcement official said President Donald Trump had been cleared of any conspiracy with Moscow.

Russian lawmaker says Mueller findings unlikely to change U.S. ties: RIA

A senior Russian lawmaker said on Monday it was unlikely there would be a sudden change in relations with Washington after the conclusion of a U.S. investigation into collusion between Donald Trump and Russia in the 2016 presidential election, RIA news agency reported.

Trump lawyer Giuliani says Mueller report ‘better than I expected’

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign colluded, and whether Trump obstructed justice was more positive than he had anticipated, based on the summary of the report released on Sunday.

Attorney general’s summary of Mueller report expected Sunday

U.S. Attorney General William Barr was expected to release his summary of the long-awaited special counsel’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Sunday as lawmakers drew battle lines on how to respond to the investigation that has cast a pall over Donald Trump’s presidency.

Trump, lawmakers await details of Mueller’s Russia report

U.S. lawmakers drew battle lines on Sunday over how to handle a special counsel long-awaited report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over Donald Trump’s presidency and raised questions about collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Democrat Gillibrand to deliver 2020 White House launch speech outside NY Trump hotel

Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will deliver a fiery first speech as an official presidential candidate in New York City on Sunday, calling U.S. President Donald Trump a “coward” at the doorstep of one of his most famous properties.

Blocked drains, mystery stinks – heads warn of schools repair crisis

Headteachers tell of the damage caused by years of cuts to their capital and maintenance budgets

In one of the classrooms of Gillotts secondary school in Henley-on-Thames, there is a mysterious, acrid smell. It is a school day but the room is empty because this “awful” scent, a mix of damp and chemicals, clogs children’s throats and clings to the teachers’ hair and clothes long after they go home.

“That classroom is shut and unusable because of the smell – and I could really do with that classroom,” said headteacher Catharine Darnton. Her state school has 900 pupils and, like many other heads across the country, she has struggled to maintain her dilapidated building in the face of the government’s austerity cuts. As well as the stink, heating failures and electricity blow-outs have led to partial temporary closures of the school and blocked drains have threatened to leak raw sewage onto the playground. Darnton has been forced to take money intended for the education of students and allocate it to repairs and even capital expenditure. The low point came when, in winter, the building was so cold and dark she had to consider closing the school. “It was insane,” she said.

By not maintaining our schools, we are storing up problems and the cost is higher when we have to do it in an emergency.

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