VICE Morning Bulletin

VICE Morning Bulletin

Feds said to be investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, at least 31 killed in Mogadishu restaurant siege, suspected Virginia shooter had a licensed gun, and more.
June 15, 2017, 2:44pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Mueller Said to Be Investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly widened the scope of his investigation into Russia's role in the US elections to consider whether President Trump has attempted to obstruct justice. Officials told the Washington Post Mueller's team was also examining whether any Trump associates were involved in financial crimes, as well as probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.—VICE News

Suspected Virginia Shooter Had a Licensed Gun
James Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old man suspected of shooting Republican representative Steve Scalise and four others in Virginia, had a valid firearms license in his home state despite a history of violent behavior. Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed Hodgkinson, killed by police officers in a gunfight, had volunteered for his campaign last year. Sanders condemned the shooting as "despicable," and Scalise remained in critical condition in the hospital.—VICE News/CNN


Judge Orders Redo of Dakota Pipeline Impact Assessment
A federal judge has ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers must repeat at least part of its environmental assessment of the Dakota Access Pipeline after OK'ing the extremely controversial project earlier this year. US district judge James Boasberg said the agency neglected to duly consider a possible oil spill disaster. Dave Archamabault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman, claimed a "significant victory," though Boasberg has yet to decide whether to halt work on the pipeline.—AP

US Reaches $12 Billion Fighter Jet Deal with Qatar
The US has agreed to sell Qatar up to 36 F-15 jets for $12 billion. Just last week, President Trump accused the country of being "historically… a funder of terrorism at a very high level," but the Department of Defense said the deal would boost "interoperability between the United States and Qatar." Two US Navy vessels arrived in Qatar Wednesday for joint military exercises.—Bloomberg/Al Jazeera

International News

At Least 31 Killed in Mogadishu Restaurant Siege
At least 31 people were killed when militants from the al Shabab group attacked a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Gunmen stormed the Pizza House after a car bomb was detonated outside, reportedly murdering some at point-blank range. Several people were trapped inside as security forces waged a firefight and eventually regained control of the building overnight.—AP

High-Profile Suspected Militant Arrested in Deadly Philippines Fighting
The Philippines military arrested a leading suspect in the militant Islamist group waging an insurgency war that is apparently killing dozens of people. Nabbed in the city of Cagayan de Oro, Mohammad Noaim Maute is suspected of making explosives, while his two brothers are believed to be leading the fighting in Marawi City.—Reuters


At Least 17 Killed in London Tower Block Fire, Death Toll to Rise
London's Metropolitan Police have confirmed at least 17 people were killed in the massive fire that engulfed an apartment block in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fire service said it did not expect to find any more residents alive. More than 30 people remained in the hospital, 17 of them in critical condition.—BBC News

Australian PM Impersonates Trump at Private Ball
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been heard joking about President Trump and feigning his mannerisms in a leaked recording. "We are winning so much! We are winning like we have never won before," Turnbull said at a private ball. Referring to polls being "so easy to win," he said: "I have this Russian guy."—CNN

Everything Else

McGregor and Mayweather Agree to Las Vegas Fight
UFC star Conor McGregor and the undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather have agreed to a 12-round boxing bout at junior middleweight level in Las Vegas, slated for August 26. "THE FIGHT IS ON," McGregor wrote on Twitter.—VICE Sports

Yoko Ono Credited as 'Imagine' Co-Writer
Yoko Ono has been credited with co-writing John Lennon's "Imagine" as the song received the National Music Publishers Association Centennial Song Award. Sean Lennon said "it may have been the happiest day of mine and mother's life."—Billboard

Neil Young Cancels School Benefit Concert
Neil Young has canceled his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a fundraiser for the special needs school he's been hosting since 1986. "For personal reasons beginning this year I will no longer be hosting," Young said.—Pitchfork

Hackers Steal 6 Million Online Survey Site Accounts
Hackers have stolen account details for 6 million users of CashCrate, a site the pays people to complete online surveys, according to breach notification site LeakBase. The stolen data includes user email addresses, passwords, and physical addresses.—Motherboard

Frances Bean Cobain Art Sells Out in Pasadena
Frances Bean Cobain has launched her first art show under her real name, a joint exhibition with illustrator Lindsey Way in Pasadena entitled Ghosts for Sale. The artwork is being sold for between $1,200 and $4,500.—i-D