News Wrap: White House blocks Fauci from congressional testimony

News Wrap: White House blocks Fauci from congressional testimony


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Wall
Street gave up its gains for the week, after profits sank at a series of big companies. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 622
points, to close at 23723. The Nasdaq fell 284 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 81. The White House confirmed this evening that
it has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying at a congressional hearing next week. A House
subcommittee is holding a hearing on the response to COVID-19. In a statement, the White House said that
Fauci and other top officials are busy dealing with the pandemic. In the presidential race, the Democrats’ presumptive
nominee, Joe Biden, denied today that he sexually assaulted a staffer 27 years ago, when he
was a U.S. senator. Tara Reade has said that Biden assaulted her
and that she filed a complaint in 1993. The former vice president flatly rejected the
claim in an interview. JOSEPH BIDEN (D), Presidential Candidate:
No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened. And it didn’t. It
never happened. She has a right to say whatever she wants
to say, but I have a right to say, look at the facts, check it out, find out whether
any of what she says, has asserted are true. JUDY WOODRUFF: Biden also said he does not
believe that an official record of any such complaint exists. We will take a closer look at this later in
the program. President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael
Cohen is not leaving federal prison early, after all. His attorney had said that he’d
be released today to home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. But a number
of reports say the plan was canceled. Cohen pled guilty to tax fraud and lying to
Congress involving hush money payments for women who claimed sexual affairs with Mr.
Trump. The Trump administration has again suspended
hearings for asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, citing concerns about COVID-19. The new order
extends through June 1. By one Justice Department estimate, some 25,000 people are in migrant
shelters in Mexico, waiting for U.S. asylum hearings. Canada is banning the use and trade of assault-style
weapons, effective immediately. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today his order covers
more than 1,500 models and variants of firearms. They include weapons used by a gunman who
killed 22 people in Nova Scotia last month. JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Canadian Prime Minister: These
weapons were designed for one purpose, and one purpose only, to kill the largest number
of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons
in Canada. JUDY WOODRUFF: The order grants a two-year
amnesty for owners of the banned weapons. There’s word that North Korean leader, Kim
Jong-un, has resurfaced for the first time in weeks. The North’s state media, and the
South Korean news agency Yonhap say that he toured a fertilizer plant today. Kim’s absence
from public view had fueled rumors that he was in ill health. And back in this country, something happened
at the Trump White House that had not happened for more than a year. The press secretary
held a briefing. Kayleigh McEnany took the job last month. She pledged today never to
lie to reporters. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the CEO of
Waffle House on reopening for dine-in service amid the pandemic; essential workers nationwide
demand more protection against the risks of COVID-19; Joe Biden denies allegations of
sexual assault from a former aide; and much more.

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