Bangor, Maine News Update: July 11, 2017
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced yesterday that she will run for governor in 2018. Mills has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including this year when she joined a lawsuit against President Trump’s administration over some of its environmental proposals. She joins a crowded field of Democratic candidates, including Sanford attorney Adam Cote, lobbyist Betsy Sweet of Hallowell and Patrick Eisenhart of Augusta.
Senator Susan Collins is calling for Donald Trump Jr. to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Collins told reporters yesterday the committee “needs to interview him and others” who attended a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer. The New York Times reported yesterday that an email sent to Trump Jr. last year stated that the lawyer had "compromising" information about Hillary Clinton, and it was "part of a Russian government effort" to help the Trump campaign. Trump Jr.'s attorney says his client had no information about what the meeting would be about and the president was not aware of the meeting.
The man who died Sunday on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson has been identified. The Maine Warden Service says 42-year-old Corey Jacques of Wiscasset died after falling from his boat while it was being towed by another boat. He was pulled from the water and brought to the public boat ramp off Bunker Hill Road in Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead. The chief medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Jury selection will continue today in the case against an 81-year-old Florida man accused of killing an elderly man at his Presque Isle home. Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida is accused of killing 86-year-old Leo Corriveau. Corriveau’s body was found by family members in July 2016 in the backyard of his home along Route 1.
The public comment period is over for a federal review of more than two dozen national monuments, including Maine's new monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters. President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct the review of monuments. Zinke is expected to submit a report about the monuments to Trump by late August.
A Bar Harbor restaurant owner and Dexter mail carrier say they will run to oust Rep. Bruce Poliquin next year. Democrats Tim Rich and Phil Cleaves have filed the paperwork to run to represent Maine's 2nd Congressional District.