Whistleblower Complaint, Costco Shooting, Vaping Public Health
We look at what happens to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump now that the whistleblower complaint is being released. Plus, what the Riverside district attorney is recommending in the Corona Costco shooting case involving an off-duty LAPD officer. Plus, what California public health officials recommend for those who vape.
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee, chaired by California congressman Adam Schiff, released that whistleblower's complaint today. It centers on the President's July 25th call with his Ukrainian counterpart, that transcript was made available Wednesday. This morning the acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire sat in front of Schiff and his committee to answer questions ranging from why the complaint had not been turned over to Congress sooner to the credibility of the whistleblower's information. So, we look now at the political process and give you a sense of how this could play out over the next few weeks and months.
- Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter for the National Post
- Stephen Vladek, Professor in Law at the University of Texas
Congressman Harley Rouda
Until this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been hesitant to explore impeachment. That decision has come - in part - due to her concern about House Democrats in purple districts. Republican polling in at least 3 recently-flipped California districts shows impeachment is not popular. Still, all 7 Democrats who flipped seats last year have come out in favor of the inquiry. Wednesday, we heard from Congresswoman Katie Hill in Northern LA County.
- Harley Rouda, who represents district 48 in Orange County
Late Wednesday morning, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin will hold a news briefing regarding his decision on the Costco shooting case in Corona, in which an off-duty Los Angeles police officer, Salvador Sanchez, opened fire on a schizophrenic man who allegedly pushed him in a food service line. Kenneth French was killed, and his parents were seriously wounded in the hail of bullets on June 14. The D.A.'s office has been scrutinizing the circumstances of the shooting since late June.
- Frank Stolze, KPCC crime and safety reporter
Vaping Public Health
More than 800 people nationwide have been diagnosed with vaping-related lung illness, and at least 12 people have died, according to new data out today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In California, 2 people have died and 90 have been hospitalized. The CDC says the incidence of vaping illnesses has increased 52% in just the last week. The dramatic increase comes one day after the state's Department of Public Health issued a warning, encouraging people to stop vaping immediately.
- Ana Ibarra, who has been covering this as the California correspondent for Kaiser Healthline News
2019 is comedian Paula Poundstone's 40th year of doing stand up. And since there's no way to last four decades in a job and not be considered at least decent at it, she has more than surpassed that threshold. Over the years, Poundstone has also written books, acted and been a political correspondent, always keeping comedy at the center of it all. But today, in 2019, telling jokes on stage has a different feel, both for the person delivering them and the people hearing them. And the role of a comedian and how that job is defined has never been more scrutinized.
- Paula Poundstone, comedian