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HC Wake-Up Call: Missouri Gov Possible Impeachment, Nashville Mall Shooting & Michael Cohen's Phones


Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

The Missouri Legislature Is Considering Impeaching Governor Eric Greitens

On Thursday, Missouri lawmakers called the Legislature into a special session — a first for the state — to consider the impeachment of the governor, the Associated Press reported.

Greitens is currently facing allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources for his political campaign. "Last month, [the Missouri House panel] released a report with testimony from a woman alleging that Greitens had restrained, slapped, shoved, threatened and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters in 2015 that at times left her crying and afraid," said the AP. Greitens is also accused of "taking and transmitting a partially nude and unauthorized photo of the woman while she was bound and blindfolded in the basement of his home," and, separately, "tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing The Mission Continues donor list to a political fundraiser in 2015 without the permission of the St. Louis-based veterans’ charity that he had founded," according to the AP.

138 Missouri House members and 29 senators — more than 80 percent of the state's legislators — signed the petition calling for the session. The session will take place on May 18.

"Pursuing impeachment against a Missouri governor is history none of us wants to make, but Eric Greitens’ actions have made it unavoidable," said House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty.

A Shooting At A Nashville Mall Left One Dead

Just 11 days after a mass shooting at a Nashville Waffle House, a shooting occurred at the city's Opry Mills mall. One person was killed, which "stemmed from a fight between two men in a hallway," the Tennessean reported. 

The gun used was reported as stolen, and the suspect, 22-year-old Justin Golson, is now in police custody. He's being charged with criminal homicide. 

According to police, there were 25 witnesses, but no one else was injured. 

Federal Investigators Have Been Monitoring Michael Cohen's Phone Calls

NBC News initially reported that the phones of Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, had a wiretap; however, three senior U.S. officials later confirmed that investigators have only been monitoring his log of calls (known as a pen register). 

The tracking of calls dates back to the weeks leading up to the FBI raids on Cohen's home and offices, which occurred in early April. Cohen is being investigated for paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the election so she wouldn't talk about an alleged affair she had with Trump. 

Trump initially denied knowing about the payment, but just this week, one of his attorneys contradicted that when admitting Trump actually reimbursed Cohen for the payment. 

What to look out for...

Lots of Star Wars jokes (though you probably won't have to seek them out — they'll be everywhere). May the 4th be with you

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