5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power

  • Ex-Louisville officer indicted in Breonna Taylor shooting, but not for her death

  • Eric Trump must testify in New York fraud investigation before Election Day

  • Republican senators find no evidence of wrongdoing regarding Biden and Ukraine

  • California will ban sale of new gas cars after 2035

When asked by a reporter on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he not be re-elected in November, President Trump refused, saying, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens." More people are expected to use mail-in ballots in the general election because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims that this will lead to voter fraud designed to hurt him. On Wednesday, Trump said the ballots are "a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very — we'll have a very peaceful, there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control." This isn't the first time Trump has refused to say if he will accept the election results, and he is also prone to suggesting he will serve more than two terms in office.

Source: CNN

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted one of the three Louisville police officers involved in the March 13 shooting of Breonna Taylor, but not directly for her death. Former detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for shooting into the apartment next door to Taylor's; wanton endangerment carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. The officers were at Taylor's apartment to execute a no-knock warrant as part of a narcotics investigation involving her ex-boyfriend. Taylor's boyfriend, believing the officers were intruders, fired at them, and as he exchanged gunfire with all three cops, Taylor was shot multiple times by the officers. No drugs were found in the apartment. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) are both calling on the state attorney general's office to make evidence from the case public. After the indictment was announced, protesters began gathering in downtown Louisville, demonstrating against the decision to only indict one of the officers.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron said Wednesday that Eric Trump must testify and turn over documents by Oct. 7 in a fraud investigation into his family's real estate business. Trump's lawyers had said he was willing to meet with investigators in the Trump Organization probe, but that he was too busy to do so until after the election. Engoron said he found the explanation for the attempted delay "unpersuasive." New York Attorney General Letitia James had subpoenaed Trump, a top executive at the Trump Organization, in an investigation into whether President Trump inflated his assets' values to get loans and tax benefits. Eric Trump was set to meet with James' team in July, but he canceled.

Source: The New York Times, CNBC

The Senate Homeland Security Committee released an interim report on Wednesday related to its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's dealings with Ukraine, saying the Republican-led panel has found no improper influence or wrongdoing by Biden. Committee chair Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) admittedly hoped to prove Biden's "unfitness for office," but said the investigation found no "massive smoking guns" regarding Biden or his son Hunter Biden. Republicans have sought to find collusion between Biden's vice presidency and his son's work at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, seeing as Biden led Ukraine policy at the time. While Hunter Biden's work with Burisma reportedly made things "awkward" for State Department officials, the investigation did not confirm Republicans' accusations that Biden tried to oust Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin to protect his son from an investigation.

Source: The New York Times

California Gov. Newsom (D) signed an executive order Wednesday requiring all cars sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035. The order focuses on new car sales, so people will be able to keep or sell their gas-powered cars after 2035. The order is an effort to fight climate change, as California's transportation sector is responsible for more than half of carbon pollution in the state, Newsom said. Increasing carbon emissions have contributed to climate change and worsening wildfire seasons. "Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air," Newsom said. Still, electric vehicles only made up 8 percent of new car sales in 2019, and electric vehicles will have to be charged via clean energy sources to be truly environmentally friendly.

Source: The Wall Street Journal