Oprah Winfrey says running for president would kill her
Oprah Winfrey has a killer reason as to why she’s not running for president.
The famed talk show host — who sparked cries for a campaign back in January — has once again refuted rumors of a run for office, this time saying it’s because she wouldn’t make it through.
“In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls — t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist,” she told British Vogue.
“I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.”
Talk of a possible 2020 presidential run against President Donald Trump picked up steam after Winfrey’s empowering speech at the Golden Globes.
“It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it,” her longtime partner Stedman Graham said backstage at the event.
But in the months since, Winfrey, 64, has taken great pains to make it clear that any potential run is out of the question.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” she told InStyle in March. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
That same month, she offered up some sage advice for anyone who did decide to run.
“I will say to whoever is going to run for office, do not give your energy to the other side,” she told CNN. “Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Do not spend an ounce of your time on that.”
— New York Daily News
FBI’s Peter Strzok to testify before 2 House committees
WASHINGTON — FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok will testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees July 10, the first time the embattled Justice Department official will speak in a public forum about his involvement in the 2016 investigations into possible ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Republicans in Congress have railed against Strzok for months after an extensive series of texts from 2016 between Strzok and his mistress, lawyer Lisa Page, emerged in which the FBI agent said “we’ll stop” a Trump presidency.
Strzok was heavily involved in both the Trump campaign and Clinton email investigations.
The Department of Justice Inspector General concluded in a report released earlier this month that officials at the DOJ committed numerous indiscretions over the course of the 2016 Trump campaign investigation.
But DOJ IG Michael Horowitz “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected those specific investigative decisions,” he told the committee June 19.
Strzok faced questions from the Judiciary Committee behind closed doors last week.
— CQ-Roll Call
Veteran who set himself on fire outside Georgia Capitol dies
ATLANTA — The Air Force veteran who set himself on fire outside the State Capitol last week died Monday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.
John Michael Watts, 58, was brought to the Grady Memorial Hospital on June 26 with burns over 85 to 90 percent of his body, the Georgia State Patrol said at the time.
Disgruntled with the Department of Veteran Affairs, authorities said he strapped himself with a homemade incendiary device and fireworks, doused himself in a flammable liquid and set himself on fire in protest.
He had no known address.
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fake Super Bowl rings seized by federal authorities
PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities in Philadelphia say they have seized a shipment of 108 fake Super Bowl rings, including some for the 2018 champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The rings were sent from Hong Kong and arrived in the United States on June 18, the U.S. Customers and Border Protection agency said.
Officers noticed the poor craftsmanship and reached out to the National Football League to verify whether the rings were real, the agency said. The NFL said they were not.
If authentic, the rings would have been valued at $1 million.
The Eagles received their real Super Bowl rings last month.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer