The White House has a message for Nancy Pelosi: They claim that the impeachment inquiry "violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process," and because of this Trump "cannot permit his Administration to participate" in the impeachment investigation. CANNOT. PERMIT. “Let them hold me in contempt. We’ll go to court. We’ll challenge the contempt," said Rudy Giuliani. The New York Times's headline reads that the "White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry." Here's the full eight-page letter.
After WH says it won’t cooperate with House Dems bc of ‘flaws’ in proceedings, officials refuse to say what it would take for them to comply. “We don’t want to speculate on what would happen in various hypothetical situations” … “Not going to try to provide particular redlines”.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) October 8, 2019
Yesterday's major Ballard fire was most likely caused by: an overheated electrical system, according to Seattle Fire Department investigators. The damage is estimated at $3 million dollars in damage to property, and four businesses—Supercuts, Kitchen N Things, La Isla, and Octo Designs & Jewelers—are believed to be "total losses." A GoFundMe has been set up for the businesses.
The hot shirtless barista dudes on Broadway had to rebrand: They will still be shirtless, quips Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, but "Dreamboyz" is now "Dreamguyz Espresso" after their opening's international attention may have caused the company to run into an ownership issue with the UK's premiere "Dreamboys" strip club.
Republicans and Microsoft fight over the threat of Huawei: A group of Republican Senators claims that "security concerns about Huawei," a Chinese telecommunications company, "are real and urgent." They sent a letter to Microsoft detailing "eight public examples of espionage and technology," writes GeekWire. Microsoft President Brad Smith has called for more evidence regarding the claims.
Have you met Seattle's newest celebrity? He's a fish and he really wants us to work from home.
Three suspects have been named in the murder of Joshua Brown: They are three young men: Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, Michael Mitchell, 32, and Thaddeous Green, 22. A key witness in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who broke into the home of Botham Jean and fatally shot him, Brown "got into an altercation" during a drug deal and was murdered, according to authorities. A statement from the Brown family:
"This family and their representatives have consciously avoided speculating about law enforcement involvement in this tragedy, however, due to the proximity of this murder with the trial of Amber Guyger — rumors abound," the statement said, in part. "A cloud of suspicion will rest over this case until steps are taken to ensure the trustworthiness of the process."
Another black man dead. And now three black men are heading to prison (they will not get hugs or 10 years). We should just give up at this point and release the white woman before more black men end up dead or in prison. #JoshuaBrownWasLynched
— Charles Mudede (@mudede) October 8, 2019
Nancy's in town: Hanging out with the wealthiest congresswoman in the state.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks into a conference room at Harborview in Seattle, with Congresswoman Susan DelBene, gets standing ovation.
@KING5Seattle #Politics pic.twitter.com/6D16FLZkf2
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) October 8, 2019
Billionaires keep buying superyachts: No one needs a superyacht!
What will you read at the dentist office? Tiger Oak Media—the producer of Seattle Business, Seattle magazine, and tons of bridal magazines all over the country—has filed for bankruptcy. "The company, based in downtown Minneapolis, indicated in its bankruptcy filing on Monday that it has assets of up to $50,000 and owes at least 200 creditors between $1 million and $10 million," writes the Star Tribune. It's unclear what will happen with its publications.
City of Seattle settles on the Showbox: "The city of Seattle has agreed to pay out nearly $1 million to the owner of the Showbox in exchange for the owner dropping his $40 million claim against the city, according to the city attorney’s office. The agreement effectively ends one major effort to save the iconic Seattle club," writes The Stranger's Lester Black. More here.
Is Bernie dropping out? Changing the "nature" of a campaign certainly sounds like... dropping... out.... Sanders recently suffered a heart attack.
JUST IN: After returning from his visit to the cardiologist @BernieSanders tells us he is prepared to change the "nature" of his campaign. He said he plans to scale back his travel and the number of events he participates in. pic.twitter.com/IqUzM9stRN
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) October 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Yang qualifies for the November Democratic debate: Thanks to this new poll. My, my, look at that Warren percentage.
New Quinnipiac NATIONAL poll (counts for the November debate)
Everyone else at or below 2 percent https://t.co/2skJmUGBSD
— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) October 8, 2019
It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Bern: Sanders's daughter-in-law, Rainè Riggs, has died. Riggs was 46. Hospitals "were stumped" on how to treat Riggs after she fell ill three weeks ago. Days before her death, Riggs was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. She passed away one day after Bernie suffered a heart attack.
Support for the impeachment inquiry continues to grow: Even among Republicans, a new poll has found. For Republicans, "support for the inquiry has jumped 21 points since July," writes the Guardian.
How intense is this snow season going to be? Snow white is better than Seattle gray, IMO.