Friday Spotlight – June 9, 2017

Each Friday, Torchlight Media will publish a summary of the major news that happened for that week: the announcements and events, the twists and turns of ongoing stories, and all of the other highlights in between. Our goal is to give you a big-picture look at the week’s news so that even if you can’t follow everything yourself, you can have a general sense of where things stand. We hope, too, that seeing the highlights laid out will help you separate the small, pointless stories that crop up over the week from the more impactful, ongoing stories.


Here’s what’s in the spotlight for this week:

  • On Monday, former NSA contractor Reality Winner was charged for leaking classified information to news service The Intercept. The information concerned cyber attacks by Russian military intelligence against a company that makes voting machines and more than a hundred local American election officials prior to the 2016 vote.
  • On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a statement by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his meetings with President Trump before he was fired. The statement strongly implies that President Trump attempted to influence Comey to drop the probe into alleged collusion with the Russian government during last year’s campaign.
  • On Thursday, the House passed a bill to repeal, amend, or weaken many of the rules put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to prevent similar crises from happening again. The bill faces an uphill climb in the Senate.
  • On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey stated that President Trump had lied when explaining why he had fired the FBI director, and strongly implied that the President had engaged in obstruction of justice with regard to the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Comey later testified to the same committee behind closed doors, where he had greater freedom to discuss classified and sensitive information.
  • On Thursday, Britain held a parliamentary election. The snap election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May in a bid to solidify her majority in Parliament and to strengthen her position while negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union. However, exit polls indicate that May’s Conservative Party has lost seats, and may even fail to achieve a majority. The Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called on May to resign.