New York governor Kathy Hochul also said that James called her this morning to let Hochul know that she would drop out.
“All I can say is I respect her tremendously… and I look forward to having her on the ticket as we head into the November election together,” said Hochul of the call between the two.
New York governor Kathy Hochul releases statement on AG Letitia James ending gubernatorial bid
In more news about New York attorney general Letitia James dropping out of the democratic gubernatorial race to run for reelection, current New York governor Kathy Hochul has released a statement on James’ decision.
Releasing her statement on Twitter, Hochul said the following:
I respect @TishJames tremendously and admire her commitment to continuing the critically important work she has undertaken in the Attorney General’s office.
I fully support her re-election and look forward to continuing our work together to deliver results for all New Yorkers.
James announced earlier that she will be ending her gubernatorial campaign and instead seek reelection.
“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said on Twitter.
White House: Biden will convey US support for Ukraine sovereignty
During today’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden is planning on conveying to the president of Ukraine that the US supports Ukraine sovereignty.
Psaki also said that the president supports Ukraine’s “aspiration” to become a member of NATO, the intergovernmental military alliance. Psaki also cited different requirements that would face the country if they tried to join the alliance.
Psaki also said that aggression is on the side of Russia, referring to ongoing escalations between the two countries.
Today, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is holding talks with Biden, according to an advisor from Zelenskiy’s office, Reuters reported earlier.
Biden and Ukrainian president Zelenskiy are currently in talks
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is holding talks with Joe Biden today, according to an advisor from Zelenskiy’s office, reported Reuters.
The two men spoke as Russia continued a barrage of hostile rhetoric towards Ukraine and compared the crisis there to the most dangerous moment of the Cold War.
Details of the talk are still emerging.
Letitia James’s announcement that she is quitting the race for the governorship of New York having barely begun is eye-catching for most because of her involvement in high-profile investigations involving the Trump Organization and former governor Andrew Cuomo.
But the attorney general has also played a pivotal role in going after opioid manufacturers and distributors in the battle to win some sliver of justice for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve died of opioid overdoses in the last 25 years.
Most prominently, she sued leading members of the billionaire Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma and its prescription painkiller OxyContin, in 2019, joining a growing list of state, county and city governments then alleging the drugmaker Purdue and its owners sparked the nation’s opioids crisis by putting profits over patient safety.
A New York bankruptcy judge in September approved a settlement by Purdue Pharma, including about $4.5bn from the company’s billionaire Sackler family owners, even though the decision is still being challenged in court and provoked outrage from many critics and campaigners.
But James has done her bit against this and other opioid players. As she tweets:
Demand for coronavirus shots for children is slowing, prompting concern.
After a quick surge in demand, children’s vaccinations in the US have tapered off sooner than expected.
The US has now reached the milestone of 200 million people fully vaccinated, with 75% of Americans aged five and older receiving at least one dose.
Five million children between the ages of five and 11 have received at least their first dose, but this is out of the 28 million children in this age group, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That means only 17.8% of the newly-eligible kids have begun vaccination, with only 4.3% fully vaccinated, as the Christmas holiday approaches and a winter surge continues ticking upward.
After a short period of high demand, kids’ vaccinations began declining around Thanksgiving and continued downward.
“This happened faster than expected – about 2 weeks in.” Jen Kates, coauthor of a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, said on Twitter.
There are “significant” geographic differences with kids’ vaccinations, Kates said. In Vermont, 45.6% children in this age group have begun vaccination, versus 3.6% in West Virginia.
Parents are more likely to get their children vaccinated if their schools encourage them to, both because of the comfortable environment of school clinics and the trust families have in principals and other school leaders, Kates said.
Some parents and caregivers have expressed reluctance over vaccinating their kids, with only one-third saying in September that they would do so as soon as the vaccine was authorized for the younger age group, five to 11.
Some families may also face access barriers, an issue that is hard to determine at this point because of the limited data on race or ethnicity and other factors among vaccinated children.
“All this points to a long, tougher road ahead to getting Covid-19 vaccine rates up among kids, a concerning finding in advance of the holiday season, and as Omicron transmission increases,” Kates said.
Today so far
Here’s where the day stands so far:
- New York attorney general Letitia James is seeking the deposition of Donald Trump, according to reports. James’ office is investigating potential fraud at the former president’s company, and the requested deposition may be the first step toward issuing a subpoena.
- James announced she is ending her gubernatorial bid to instead seek reelection as the state’s attorney general. “There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job,” the Democratic official said on Twitter. “I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.”
- Joe Biden paid tribute to Bob Dole at a Capitol Hill ceremony for the former Republican senator, who died on Sunday at the age of 98. “Bob Dole loved this Capitol. It’s where he served this nation, shaped by the figures that surround us,” Biden said of his former Senate colleague. “In a sentence, Bob belongs here. He, too, was a giant of our history.”
The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.
Tom Suozzi, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New York, offered his “best wishes” to Letitia James after she announced she was dropping out of the race.
“She has tremendous responsibilities as the sitting AG & I understand her desire to devote her energies to seeing through & continuing the important matters before her,” Suozzi, who currently represents a Long Island district in the House, said on Twitter.
James’ decision to seek reelection as attorney general will likely solidify Governor Kathy Hochul’s frontrunner status in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Hochul took over the governorship in August, after Andrew Cuomo resigned over sexual harassment allegations.
Letitia James announced in late October that she would enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary, after Governor Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign over sexual harassment allegations.
James’ office conducted an investigation into the allegations and concluded the governor had engaged in a “pattern” of inappropriate behavior toward state government employees.
“I’ve spent my career guided by a simple principle: stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable, to be a force for change,” James said as she announced her gubernatorial bid. “We can do this if we stand up and speak out together.”
James’ withdrawal from the gubernatorial race will likely come as a relief to sitting Governor Kathy Hochul, who took over the job following Cuomo’s resignation.
New York AG Letitia James ends gubernatorial bid
New York attorney general Letitia James has just announced she is ending her gubernatorial campaign to instead seek reelection.
“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said on Twitter.
“There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job,” the Democratic official added.
“I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.”
The news comes just hours after the Washington Post reported that James’ office is seeking a deposition of Donald Trump as part of its investigation into potential fraud at the former president’s company.
Meanwhile, former Trump administration official Kash Patel arrived on Capitol Hill to speak to the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, per CBS News.
Patel served as chief of staff to acting defense secretary Christopher Miller, after Donald Trump abruptly fired Miller’s predecessor, Mark Esper.
The select committee subpoenaed Patel in late September, saying the official was heavily involved in discussions between the Pentagon and the White House as the insurrection unfolded on January 6.
“According to documents provided by the Defense Department and published accounts, Mr. Patel was involved with discussions among senior Pentagon officials prior to and on January 6th, 2021, regarding security at the Capitol, and told a reporter that he was talking to Mr. Meadows ‘nonstop that day,’” the committee said in its September statement announcing the subpoena.
New York attorney general Letitia James’ request for a deposition of Donald Trump may be the first step toward subpoenaing the former president.
The AP notes:
Requesting Trump’s testimony is a first step in a process that could eventually lead to issuing a subpoena and going to a judge to order him to cooperate if he were to refuse.
James’ investigators last year interviewed one of Trump’s sons, Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, as part of the probe. James’ office went to court to enforce a subpoena on the younger Trump and a judge forced him to testify after his lawyers abruptly canceled a previously scheduled deposition.
New York attorney general seeking deposition from Donald Trump – report
The New York state attorney general, Letitia James, is seeking former Donald Trump’s deposition as part of the ongoing civil fraud investigation into his business, according to a new report.
James has asked the former US president to come to her New York office to give testimony on 7 January 2022, the Washington Post reported moments ago, with the Reuters news agency noting the article.
The DC publication points out that James’s request is:
Part of a civil investigation into whether Trump’s company committed financial fraud in the valuations of properties to different entities, according to the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is ongoing.
One of the people familiar with the investigation said James is examining whether widespread fraud “permeated the Trump Organization.”
Fabien Levy, a spokesman for James, declined to comment. Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to messages from The Washington Post. Ronald Fischetti, an attorney who has been representing Trump in investigations into his New York financial practices, also did not respond.
The deposition marks an escalation in the probe of the former president’s company and a critical moment for James, who is running for governor next year…James has said she is considering filing a lawsuit over the matter and Manhattan prosecutors have convened a new grand jury to consider potential criminal charges related to the company’s financial practices, according to the people familiar with the investigations.
Reuters adds that: James, along with Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance, are jointly investigating the Trump Organization’s business practices.
The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were indicted earlier this year.
Trump has not personally been accused of any crimes in relation to this investigation.
Biden remembers Dole as ‘a giant in our history’
Joe Biden reflected upon the loss of Bob Dole, with whom the president served in the US Senate for 25 years.
Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda, Biden said, “Bob Dole loved this Capitol. It’s where he served this nation, shaped by the figures that surround us.”
The president said it was fitting for Dole to lie in state in the Capitol, which he described as a “temple of liberty”.
“In a sentence, Bob belongs here,” Biden said. “He, too, was a giant of our history.”
The president closed by quoting Dole’s own words, repeating the longtime lawmaker’s message about the importance of prioritizing country over party.
“I’ve always served my country best when I did it first and foremost as an American,” Dole once said.