Happy Friday! Kellyanne Conway is a staunch defender of her boss, President Donald Trump, and frequently appears on TV to tout his presidency. Her husband is another story. In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, George Conway says it’s time to impeach Trump. He’s a conservative lawyer but says Congress needs to remove this “cancer” on the presidency. [WaPost]
Topping the news: A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to stop Utah from enforcing a law that restricts abortion after 18 weeks until the court rules on its constitutionality. [Trib][Fox13][DNews]
-> Everyone is talking about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report although few are likely to have read all 448 pages of it. After its long-awaited release, Utah lawmakers took to social media to give their take on the report. [Trib][DNews][ABC4]
Tweets of the day: From @gopTODD: “Did Trump act immorally? Yes. Did Trump act unethically? Yes. Did Trump lie to the media? Yes. Was he angry and embarrassed? Yes. Did he want to fire Mueller? Yes. Did he want to fire Sessions? Yes. Did he welcome foreign support? Yes. Did he commit a crime? No.”
-> From @MikeLMower :“I looked out the window and what did I see? It looks like popcorn! It’s blossom time at the @UTStateCapitol. Run - don’t walk - to see them before they turn to leaves or it starts to rain again. You’ll be glad you did.”
->From @JeffStenquist: “In order to provide critical transportation investments we need to find more innovative sources of revenue to provide the funding. Our current model (gas tax, general fund etc.) is outdated and inadequate.”
Happy Birthday: On Saturday to former state Rep. Bill Wright and Suzanne Struglinski Broadfield. On Sunday to Dell Smith, district director for Rep. Chris Stewart and state Sen. Scott Sandall.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce, and reporters Bethany Rodgers and Taylor Stevens join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the state’s plan not to enforce an 18-week abortion ban while the courts review it. Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at kcpw.org, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling (801) 355-TALK.
Friday Quiz: Last week, 91% of you knew about an Instagram account that’s taking aim at Brigham Young University’s Honor Code Office, but only 63% knew about an increased concern in legalized marijuana leading to tobacco use. Think you kept up with the news this week? Take our quiz to find out. A new one will post every Friday morning. You can find previous quizzes here. If you’re using The Salt Lake Tribune mobile app, click here. [Trib]
In other news: Former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz will visit Utah as part of a “Heart of America” bus tour he has launched in preparation for an announcement on a potential independent run in 2020’s presidential election. [Trib]
-> Chadwick Fairbanks III, a candidate for leader of Utah’s GOP, deleted posts from his campaign website after they were found to be copied from another website without attribution. [Trib]
-> The father of a man killed by a Salt Lake City police officer is suing both the city and the police department claiming the officer was not properly trained to handle people experiencing a mental health crisis. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the Mueller report. [Trib]
Nationally: While listing a number of incidents that may have qualified as obstruction of justice, the Mueller report concludes it was not the special counsel’s role to determine whether the president broke the law. [WaPost][NYTimes]
-> In light of the events described in the report, Democrats now face the difficult decision of determining whether they constitute grounds for Trump’s impeachment. [NYTimes]
-> Parts of the Mueller report could put a number of Trump’s associates, who testified against him, in an awkward position. [Politico]
-> The report paints a picture of a White House rife with paranoia, lies and fear surrounding the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. [WaPost]
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