President Donald Trump stood by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, releasing a statement saying Sessions did not make any misleading statements under oath during his confirmation hearings, but that he could have been more accurate in his responses to lawmakers."Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional," Trump said."This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality.White House spokesman Sean Spicer meanwhile billed the day of controversy arising from news of the meetings between Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak as a "partisan thing that we've seen over and over again."If nothing else, Thursday's intrigue served as another reminder that questions over Trump's attitude toward Moscow and the Kremlin's apparent operation to sow discord in last year's election are issues that will return again and again to confound the White House.
Officer Kelsey Francemone testified this morning in the trial of six men accused of rioting after the fatal shooting June 19 on the city's Near West Side.Democrats demanded he resign and accused him of lying to Congress.Many Republicans, feeling the political heat and growing increasingly concerned that the Russian drama was about to spin out of control, had been forced to call for Sessions to offload ultimate responsibility for an FBI probe into links between Trump's campaign and Russia.Attorney Nicholas Rowley enters Kern County Superior Court 11 wearing a chicken costume to make closing arguments in the case of his client Mitch Carter versus the Kern High School District.Carter was roughed up while wearing the same chicken outfit at a BHS pep rally in 2010.During a dramatic closing statement, over the overruled objections of the defense, Rowley stepped into the same costume that Carter wore almost six years ago, the day of the Drillers’ valley football championship game against the Clovis West High School Golden Eagles.