5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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FBI report says anti-Trump texts 'cast a cloud' over probe
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - As the FBI investigated both presidential candidates in 2016, two FBI employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary. That included newly released messages in which an agent expressed a desire to "stop" the election of Republican Donald Trump.
  
The Justice Department's internal watchdog said in a report Thursday that those messages "cast a cloud" over the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails, even if they didn't affect the investigation. The report also cited anti-Trump communications sent by three other unnamed FBI employees.
  
The report details a message in which FBI agent Peter Strzok (struhk) responded, "We'll stop it," after FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked if Trump would become president.
  
The inspector general's report said that exchange is antithetical to the FBI's core values.


Family separations cause a rift between GOP leaders, WH
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans have distanced themselves from the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border even as the White House cited the Bible in defending its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.
  
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "it is very biblical to enforce the law." Attorney General Jeff Sessions had earlier cited the Bible in his defense of the border policy that has resulted in hundreds of children being separated from their parents.
  
The comments came as House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans said they were not comfortable with family separations.


Korean War veteran shares perspective on U.S.-North Korea summit

LUBBOCK, Texas - The historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a breakthrough, or at least a step towards normalization. The summit is encouraging the men who fought in the Korean War more nearly 70 years ago.

The Army drafted Lubbock native Jessie Hetchett to serve at the tail end of the Korean War. Hetchett served six years in the Army Reserve then graduated from Texas Tech. He moved around working and finally decided to retire here in Lubbock. He was pleased to hear about President Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit. 

"My initial thoughts were that it is a wonderful opportunity for the United States to do what it's got to do and what it's been trying to do for these last 50-plus years, " said Hetchett. "I hope we can accomplish that. I know it's going to take a while it won't be done this week, this month or this year probably, it will take several negotiations to get it done." 

President Trump has accepted an invitation to visit North Korea according to Pyongyang's state-run media outlet. President Trump also extended a White House invitation to the North Korean leader who also agreed to the visit.  


Boyfriend pleads guilty to beating girlfriend for downloading Snapchat

LUBBOCK, Texas - Judge Trey McClendon sentenced Marmolejo to 15 years in state prison on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Marmolejo pleaded guilty to beating Solidad Torres in June of last year for downloading and using Snapchat. He punched and stomped on her then slammed her head into a bathtub repeatedly.

"When we made eye contact," Torres said after the trial, "it was just... that motivation -- like I said in my speech -- just I know what he did, and so does she... He knows what he did to both of us, and so that's what he deserves."

Throughout the sentencing phase prosecutors used ex-girlfriends to paint Marmolejo as a serial abuser.

"It's hard, but we did dig our way out of it," ex-girlfriend Josie Martinez said. "We both came out of it a little bit different, but we're better now and we're getting even better... so don't worry."

Marmolejo must serve at least half of his sentence before he's eligible for parole. Since Judge McClendon found it a domestic violence crime, any future family violence crimes Marmolejo may commit would be immediately considered a felony.


Quan Shorts arrested, kicked off Tech football team

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced this evening that junior wide receiver, Quan Shorts, has been dismissed from the program. 

At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, Lubbock Police officers were at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Mac Davis Lane as part of an ongoing investigation.

During the investigation Furquan Shorts, 21, was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center. He is currently charged with possession of marijuana.  

Shorts was arrested earlier this year for disorderly conduct.The Lubbock jail roster indicates that he is in the Lubbock County Detention Center. 

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