Former GM executive Bob Lutz has joined state Sen. Patrick Colbeck’s (R) campaign as finance chairman. (release)
Former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D) “will host two major national surrogates—Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Women’s March on Washington, and Winnie Wong, founder of the one-million member People for Bernie Sanders and creator of #FeelTheBern—at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor for a Town Hall on Saturday.” (release)
LARRY NASSAR. Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap said former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) in her role as interim Ingham County prosecutor last year “wanted to charge” former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar “in a child pornography case that she thought would be ‘relatively easy to convict on’ but said the assault allegations [to which he has now pled guilty] could be ‘much more difficult to take to trial,’ a characterization Whitmer called ‘patently false.’ … Dunlap took the assault cases to” state Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) “hours after a fall 2016 meeting with Whitmer and staff.”
“Whitmer and another top county attorney say Dunlap never brought them police reports that would have allowed her office to decide whether to prosecute the assault cases. They claim MSU police took the cases to Schuette because initial allegations originated in multiple counties—Ingham and Eaton—making his state-level office best suited to lead the prosecution, a point Schuette himself noted when he agreed to review them.” (Detroit News)
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President Trump said that "unless the miracle of all miracles happens," that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Trump "expressed confidence in intelligence reports from multiple sources that strongly suggest a high-level Saudi role in Mr. Khashoggi’s assassination. [He] stopped short of saying the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death."
"The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe. The subpoenas, served last week, follow a scathing state grand jury report over the summer that found that 301 'predator priests' in Pennsylvania had molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades and that church leaders had covered up for the offenders."