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Newly declassified court documents reveal FBI FISA violations in targeting Americans

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Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records.

An October 2018 ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that the FBI violated Section 702 by not keeping track of searches that pertained to “United States persons,” and that proposed changes were still not enough to comply with the law. That ruling was later affirmed on appeal in July 2019. The documents were declassified and released Tuesday.

FISA Section 702, which deals with targeting people outside the U.S. for gathering foreign intelligence information, places restrictions on gathering information when it comes to Americans or people located in the U.S.

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“Because the FBI’s proposed procedures do not require it to keep records that ‘indicate whether terms are United States person query terms,’ the FISC held that these procedures do not comply with Section 702(f)(l)(B),” said the decision from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISC-R), which heard the appeal.

The queries examined took place between 2017 and 2018, under current FBI director Chris Wray and during President Trump’s administration. The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment.

The FBI has argued that because they kept general records of the search terms used that was enough to satisfy Section 702’s requirement of keeping search records, but the court found that because they did not specify which queries were related to a “United States person,” it did not satisfy the law’s requirement.

For context, the FISC ruling noted that in 2017, the FBI ran “approximately 3.1 million queries against raw FISA-acquired information, including section 702-acquired information.” While the FBI’s failure to specify which ones pertained to U.S. persons, making it difficult to determine how many searches were affected by their insufficient practices, Judge James Boasberg noted that “given the FBI’s domestic focus it seems likely that a significant percentage of its queries involve U.S.-person query terms.”

Boasberg’s ruling also ordered the government to keep written records of each instance where the FBI reviews information “concerning a United States person” obtained through Section 702, where the query was “not designed to find and extract foreign-intelligence information.” These records shall include details of the information, how it is meant to be used, and the search terms used to get the information.

After the July 2019 FISC-R decision, the FBI submitted new proposed procedures that the court deemed acceptable in a September ruling.

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The newly released decisions came after FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer’s 2017 ruling, which found that officials under the Obama administration used FISA to conduct illegal surveillance of American citizens for years.

A soon-to-be-released report from the Justice Department Inspector General will explore whether the FBI conducted a different sort of FISA abuse in connection with former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

During the early stages of the investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election, the FBI obtained a warrant to monitor Page, which Republicans claim was based on a misrepresentation of evidence in the form of an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele as opposition research for Democrats and the Clinton campaign.

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Super Typhoon Hagibis may be strongest to hit Japan in decades, 2 Rugby World Cup games canceled

A powerful super typhoon taking aim at mainland Japan this weekend is threatening to bring torrential rains and strong winds as major sports events and flights have already been canceled Thursday and officials warned of “freak waves” that could strike the coast.

Super Typhoon Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, had maximum sustained winds of up to 168 mph and stronger gusts at noon local time Thursday near Chichi island in the Pacific, about 1,000 620 miles off Tokyo’s southern coast. It was moving north at the speed of 12 mph and is expected to weaken over cooler waters as it nears Japan’s main island.

The storm has typhoon-force winds that extend outward up to 90 miles, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 235 miles from the center.

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The storm — currently with winds the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic — is forecast to weaken as it approaches Japan.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon is forecast to hit ashore in the Tokyo area late Saturday and may bring up to 24 inches of rain across parts of the region, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

In addition to the threat of heavy rain, meteorologists are also warning that “freak waves” twice the size of normal waves may strike coastal regions in the coming days. The storm may wind up being more destructive than Typhoon Ida, which left 1,269 dead when it struck Japan in 1958, experts told the South China Morning Post.

Hagibis has already caused cancellations of two Rugby World Cup matches that were to be played Saturday. Organizers canceled the England-France match planned in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and New Zealand-Italy game in Toyota, in central Japan.

Organizers will leave a decision until Sunday on the Japan-Scotland match at Yokohama, which is scheduled to conclude the group stage that night.

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Alan Gilpin, left, tournament director for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu, right, attend during a press briefing on update relating to the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis. (.AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko))

“In principle, we make the decision six hours before kickoff but we would like to make this as early as possible on Sunday,” Japan Rugby 2019 chief executive Akira Shimazu said at a news conference. “We will look at the damage, we will consider carefully. We will make every effort so the spectators will see the match.”

Organizers also called off a marathon in Sendai and other northern coastal towns while a Formula One auto racing in Suzuka in central Japan may also be affected.

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The approaching storm has caused airlines and railway companies to warn that services will be canceled over the three-day weekend, including Sports Day holiday on Monday. All Nippon Airways said it is grounding all domestic flights Saturday in and out of Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita international airports.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Kyonan, near Tokyo. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)

East Japan Railway Co. said that bullet trains and other major services could be halted by the storm and planned to announce details early Friday.

“Our goal is to notify passengers as soon as possible,” spokesman Yuji Ishikawa told the Japan Times.

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The approaching typhoon is spreading fear especially in Chiba, near Tokyo, which was hit by Typhoon Faxai last month and many residents are still recovering from damage to their homes. The typhoon tore many electrical poles and snapped cables, triggering extensive outages that lasted for weeks, contributing to heat illnesses and other health problems among elderly people.

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This Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, near Tokyo. (Kyodo News via AP)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, at a regular news conference, said the government will do the utmost for the people’s safety, and urged residents near the typhoon route to take precautions early.

Local offices in Chiba city already started distributing free sandbags to shield against flooding. The city also cautioned against power outages from potential typhoon damage and urged residents to make sure they have enough food, water, and their phones are charged.

Japan is regularly hit by Pacific storms, including Faxai in September. Typhoon Jebi flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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CNN, MSNBC ignore Matt Lauer rape allegations, NBC scandal during primetime

Ronan Farrow’s upcoming “Catch and Kill” created a mountain of headlines on Wednesday as details from the book started to emerge, but anyone who relied on CNN or MSNBC primetime programming for information would be completely in the dark.

Farrow has been extremely tight-lipped about the highly anticipated book, so the media industry was all ears when Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Post revealed news-making excerpts.

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“Anderson Cooper 360,” “Cuomo Prime Time,” “CNN Tonight” and “White House in Crisis” failed to mention Lauer, Farrow and Weinstein, according to a review of transcripts by Fox News. ((Reuters))

Allegations included everything from a heavily-disputed claim that former “Today” host Matt Lauer anally raped an NBC News colleague during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi to a report that a Hillary Clinton aide tipped off Harvey Weinstein that Farrow was attempting to expose him as a sexual predator.

NBC’s cable news sister, MSNBC, ignored the story during primetime. “All in with Chris Hayes,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” failed to even mention Farrow, Lauer or Weinstein, according to a review of transcripts by Fox News.

An MSNBC spokesperson directed a request for comment to NBC News’ senior vice president of communication, who did not immediately respond.

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MSNBC skipping the story shouldn’t shock media watchdogs, as Farrow reportedly believes that he is blacklisted from his former organization, and NBC News chairman Andy Lack is a target of his reporting. But fellow liberal cable news CNN also ignored the story during primetime.

“Anderson Cooper 360,” “Cuomo Prime Time,” “CNN Tonight” and “White House in Crisis” failed to mention Lauer, Farrow and Weinstein, according to a review of transcripts by Fox News.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker was the executive producer of “Today” when Lauer was hired in 1994 and eventually ascended to President of NBC Entertainment. He has denied knowledge of Lauer’s sexual misconduct.

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While it can easily be argued that Wednesday was a busy news day, both ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “CBS Evening News” managed to find time to cover the Lauer news.

NBC News, to its credit, didn’t avoid the scandal like CNN and MSNBC’s primetime lineup did. “Nightly News” and “Today” both covered the allegations against the former Peacock Network star.

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Nevada police officer saves American flag from side of Las Vegas highway

The keen eye of a police officer in Nevada helped rescue a wayward version of Old Glory from the shoulder of a busy Las Vegas-area highway.

The Nevada Highway Patrol shared on Facebook a video of the moment that Trooper Jason Buratczuk, an Air Force veteran, pulled over along the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue on Oct. 2, after he spotted the American flag on the side of the road.

“It’s not just a piece of fabric. It’s a symbol of our country,” he told FOX5. “People have bled and died for that.”

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Buratczuk had first spotted the flag in the northbound lanes but kept driving past. He then decided to circle back around to retrieve it.

“I was thinking, ‘How could someone let this fall off their car?'” he told FOX5.

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Nevada Highway Trooper Jason Buratczuk got out along Interstate 15 to retrieve an American flag from the side of the roadway. (Nevada Highway Patrol)

Video released by police shows the officer pulled over to the left side of the roadway and getting out to retrieve the flag as cars zip past.

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The highway patrol said that Buratczuk collected the flag and immediately brought it to a local American Legion Lodge. The American Legion took possession of the flag and will properly retire it in a burning ceremony that is held about every six months.

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Officials are asking drivers who may spot a flag on the side of the road to not retrieve it themselves due to safety concerns, but to contact NHP instead to have a trooper pick it up.

For Buratczuk, whose father, brother, cousins, and grandparents all served in the Armed Forces, the flag represents more than just the fabric its stitched from.

“Maybe we’d be better off if we take a minute and think of what the flag represents, and what it means to people,” he told FOX5.

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Antonio Brown has request for New England Patriots fans amid grievance case with team

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Antonio Brown riled up fans Wednesday in an Instagram Live video.

Brown appeared to be working out at a South Florida park and after he rattled off a motivational speech about getting to certain heights in his career from being a sixth-round pick, the former New England Patriots wide receiver asked fans for a favor.

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“If you follow the Patriots, tell them to call me. They have to pay me, may as well make me earn it,” he said.

Brown was referencing the grievance he filed against the Patriots in an effort to get back some of the $61 million in guaranteed money he was set to receive when he signed with the team. He had also filed a grievance against the Oakland Raiders over the same issues.

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The Patriots released Brown last month. He was accused of sexually harassing and raping a personal trainer in a civil lawsuit and separately was accused of sexual assault by a Pittsburgh-area artist in a Sports Illustrated report.

New England’s final straw with Brown came when the wide receiver allegedly contacted the woman who accused him of sexual assault and sent “intimidating texts” to her.

Brown has denied all allegations.

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While Brown’s agent has said that teams are interested in the free agent, it does not appear he’s had any meetings with any franchise since his release.

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Syria pullout may trigger ‘complete reversal’ of U.S. gains: Former intel officer who interrogated ISIS leader

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The former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who interrogated the leader of ISIS during the Iraq war warned that President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria may result in a similar set of circumstances that unfolded after President Barack Obama’s pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.

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The extraction of U.S. troops from northern Syria has raised concerns that ISIS members, who are detained in Syria under the control of Kurdish forces, may be freed.  There about 2,500 Islamic State foreign fighters and another 10,000 fighters from Syria and Iraq, currently being held in Syria.

Just one day before President Trump announced a withdrawal of U.S. forces, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he would launch a military operation against the Kurds.  Bramer said the Kurds maintaining these prisons may be forced to fight or flee as Turkey moves into the region.

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“All of those ISIS fighters that are in prison right now… when these Kurdish guards leave those prisons to go fight for themselves or stand by their troops… they’re leaving those prisons unattended. Now we have an opportunity where we could have the largest… prison break of ISIS fighters,” Bramer told a panel of experts on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive.”

“We have an opportunity where we could have the largest… prison break of ISIS fighters.”

— Don Bramer, former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer

“Where will they go?” asked Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Bill McGurn.

“They’re going to go back to Europe or they are going to stand their ground and they are going to reestablish their territory,” said Bramer. “This could turn into a bad scenario where all the president’s good intentions could turn into a complete reversal of all the gains we made in the eradication of ISIS.”

Bramer also remembered a conversation that he apparently had with the current leader of ISIS in the months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

“Early in the Iraq war… either in my first or second deployment, I interviewed and interrogated a young Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who actually said ‘When you leave – this will happen. This void will happen,’ which it did,”  said Bramer.

Al-Baghdadi’s prediction came to pass after the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011 and the ISIS terror group grew and eventually eclipsed the size and influence of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi is apparently still alive and sending messages to members of the extremist group. In a new audio recording, released last month, he called on ISIS members to free detainees held in jails.

“President Obama called [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] the J.V. team,” Bramer reminded the panel. “Moving forward — our defeat of ISIS… is very, very fragile.  They didn’t collapse, they just dispersed.”

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“Why would he risk those gains?” McGurn asked Brad Blakeman, who is a principal at The 1600 Group consultants, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and a former member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff.

Blakeman said that he believes that the president is confident that Turkey will not take this opportunity to massacre the Kurds.

“I think because of the assurances [Trump’s] gotten from Erdogan… The jury is going to be out for a very short period of time.  We’re going to know where this thing is going… it’s going to be a black and white situation.”

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Support for Impeachment Is Exploding but There Are Caveats

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There are several counterpoints to this trend, but let’s just start with the setup and numbers first.

Obviously, we are in the midst of impeachment-mania, where the bureaucracies are leaking things almost hourly to target Trump and the Democrats continue to act super serious without actually having the stones to vote. Then you have the media going absolutely wild, framing everything in the worst light and refusing to even report on counter-evidence.

Is it any surprise while such a frenzy is going on, the American people may be shifting a bit in sentiment?

Take these latest polls for example.

So what does this actually mean? I’m not sure it means much. Again, we are at what is probably the worse point in this cycle for the President. Nearly hourly dumps, while there’s no clear impeachment pursuit, can lead to narratives being built that aren’t necessarily supported by facts.

What exactly is Trump supposedly going to be impeached over? We don’t know because the Democrats won’t tell us. But the chaos of it all is likely grating on voters and that’s always been a danger to Trump.

Of course, another counterfactual is just how questionable the sampling is in that Fox poll.

I mean, it’s possible that party affiliation has changed so much as to allow a 14 point spread between Republicans and Democrats, but I kind of doubt it.

The real question is what this will look like six months from now when the Democrats still haven’t impeached the President, or worse for them, they do and the Senate airs everything they are trying to keep secret, leading to his acquittal.

Eventually, this game Pelosi and Schiff are playing will grow old with the public. You can’t just keep witnesses and evidence under wraps and then say “trust us, we still have to remove the President.” Much like how impeachment support exploded in the early days of the Mueller probe, I expect to see a recession happen as this drags on.

Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. Had they waited to drop this in the summer of 2020, it may have worked to their advantage. But they risk impeachment fatigue and people realizing they don’t have the goods long before public sentiment is settled on who to vote for. The risk that something truly damning could come out still exists, but I’m doubtful we get anything but further muddying of the waters.

The window for impeachment is not a year long. Democrats will have to make their move sooner rather than later and we’ll see what these polls say after that plays out.

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Syria pullout may trigger ‘complete reversal’ of U.S. gains: Former intel officer who interrogated ISIS leader

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The former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who interrogated the leader of ISIS during the Iraq war warned that President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria may result in a similar set of circumstances that unfolded after President Barack Obama’s pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.

WHY IS TURKEY ATTACKING THE KURDS? EXPERT BREAKS IT DOWN

The extraction of U.S. troops from northern Syria has raised concerns that ISIS members, who are detained in Syria under the control of Kurdish forces, may be freed.  There about 2,500 Islamic State foreign fighters and another 10,000 fighters from Syria and Iraq, currently being held in Syria.

Just one day before President Trump announced a withdrawal of U.S. forces, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he would launch a military operation against the Kurds.  Bramer said the Kurds maintaining these prisons may be forced to fight or flee as Turkey moves into the region.

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“All of those ISIS fighters that are in prison right now… when these Kurdish guards leave those prisons to go fight for themselves or stand by their troops… they’re leaving those prisons unattended. Now we have an opportunity where we could have the largest… prison break of ISIS fighters,” Bramer told a panel of experts on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive.”

“We have an opportunity where we could have the largest… prison break of ISIS fighters.”

— Don Bramer, former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer

“Where will they go?” asked Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Bill McGurn.

“They’re going to go back to Europe or they are going to stand their ground and they are going to reestablish their territory,” said Bramer. “This could turn into a bad scenario where all the president’s good intentions could turn into a complete reversal of all the gains we made in the eradication of ISIS.”

Bramer also remembered a conversation that he apparently had with the current leader of ISIS in the months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

“Early in the Iraq war… either in my first or second deployment, I interviewed and interrogated a young Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who actually said ‘When you leave – this will happen. This void will happen,’ which it did,”  said Bramer.

Al-Baghdadi’s prediction came to pass after the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011 and the ISIS terror group grew and eventually eclipsed the size and influence of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi is apparently still alive and sending messages to members of the extremist group. In a new audio recording, released last month, he called on ISIS members to free detainees held in jails.

“President Obama called [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] the J.V. team,” Bramer reminded the panel. “Moving forward — our defeat of ISIS… is very, very fragile.  They didn’t collapse, they just dispersed.”

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“Why would he risk those gains?” McGurn asked Brad Blakeman, who is a principal at The 1600 Group consultants, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and a former member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff.

Blakeman said that he believes that the president is confident that Turkey will not take this opportunity to massacre the Kurds.

“I think because of the assurances [Trump’s] gotten from Erdogan… The jury is going to be out for a very short period of time.  We’re going to know where this thing is going… it’s going to be a black and white situation.”

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Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report

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NBC News boss Andy Lack’s leadership scrutinized as Ronan Farrow tell-all approaches

Embattled NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has managed to keep his job amid a laundry list of scandals, but a new spotlight is being trained on the media honcho as tidbits from Ronan Farrow’s highly anticipated book slowly emerge.

Already feeling the heat with the book’s publication still days away, Lack has begun his defense, penning a scathing letter to NBC News employees on Wednesday that took issue with Farrow’s claims.

“It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow’s account has become neither more accurate, nor more respectful of the dedicated colleagues he worked with here at NBC News,” Lack wrote in the memo obtained by Fox News. “He uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture.”

That picture of Lack’s tenure as it stands is already rife with accusations of mismanagement and boys’ club behavior. Lack has been accused of botching a variety of sexual misconduct issues, ranging from his claim that Ronan Farrow’s award-winning coverage of Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fit to print to insisting that the investigation into Matt Lauer’s lewd workplace behavior be conducted by fellow NBC executives instead of an outside entity.

But allegations against Lack aren’t limited to covering up for the sexual misconduct of others, he’s also been accused of a variety of wrongdoings himself. The New York Post’s Page Six obtained an excerpt of Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” which has long been expected to generate an onslaught of negative publicity for the beleaguered NBC News boss.

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NBC News Chairman Andy Lack oversees a news division that has been plagued with scandals and negative publicity.

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According to the Post, the book cites an alleged victim who claims that Lack “preyed on female underlings and pursued sexual relationships with them” throughout his career.

The Post also indicated that Farrow’s book features former CBS News anchor Jane Wallace openly discussing her 1980s affair with the then-married Lack while he was her executive producer and boss. Wallace reportedly told Farrow that Lack was “almost unrelenting” in his desire to take her out to dinner and celebrate her new contract – which led to a consensual sexual affair.

“What are you gonna say? You know if you say ‘I don’t want to celebrate with you,’ you’re asking for trouble,” Wallace says in the book, according to the Post. “I got worked over.”

The extramarital affair didn’t last, and Lack reportedly turned on his former fling.

“Eventually, Wallace claimed Lack bullied her out of the job she loved — and lorded his power over her — when their relationship soured,” Page Six reporter Sara Nathan wrote before noting that Farrow’s book details Wallace’s claim that she was intimidated into signing a binding nondisclosure agreement with a “substantial payout” to protect Lack.

According to the Post, Wallace told Farrow that she “loved that job” and reluctantly walked away because of Lack’s behavior.

A source close to Lack denied Wallace’s version of events, telling the Post “the charges of retaliation are just not true.”

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Wallace isn’t the only extramarital sexual partner of Lack who spoke to Farrow, according to the Post.

A young production assistant reportedly told Farrow that she had an affair with Lack, but things got ugly once it ended. Farrow reportedly wrote that Lack wouldn’t allow her to be reassigned and “compelled her to work longer hours, and on weekends, and proposed she cancel vacations.”

Jennifer Laird told Farrow, “There’s clearly a reason you don’t get involved with your boss,” according to the Post.

“In the book, a rep denied Lack ever took retaliatory action against Laird,” Nathan wrote.

NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2018 The Daily Beast published a bombshell report headlined, “Accused sexual harassers thrived under NBC News chief Andy Lack,” which detailed how scandals always seemed to emerge under his leadership.

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Lack was the president of NBC News from 1993 until 2001 and returned to the Peacock Network in 2015 after top jobs at Sony Music and Bloomberg in between.

Citing sources, the Beast reported that Lack “protected a male employee who sexually harassed multiple women” when he was a Sony executive in between stints at NBC News.

While Lack was in power at Sony, music executive Charlie Walk reportedly sent “very graphic and totally inappropriate” pornography to female staffers, according to the Beast.

“Andy didn’t do anything,” a former Sony executive told the Beast.

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After Sony, Lack went to work running the Bloomberg Media Group, where he reportedly hinted at his longtime pal Lauer’s affairs well before he would return to NBC and fire the former “Today” co-host for sexual misconduct.

“During the Bloomberg years, according to two people who worked alongside Lack, he regularly boasted of his close friendship with Lauer and spoke of knowing that Lauer was unfaithful to his then-wife,” the Beast reported.

An NBC spokesperson disputed this when reached by the Beast last year.

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NBC News chairman Andy Lack was widely criticized for keeping the investigation into who knew about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct in-house.

Despite all of the issues surrounding Lack, he has a powerful longtime ally in Stephen Burke, the executive vice president of NBC’s parent Comcast and CEO of NBCUniversal. Burke defended Lack to The Daily Beast and an NBC insider told Fox News prior to excerpts from “Catch and Kill” emerging that Burke buys Lack’s narrative that Farrow has an axe to grind when it comes to the Peacock Network.

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NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to a series of questions from Fox News, including whether or not the company and Burke still stand behind Lack and a request for comment on Farrow’s book in general.

Fox News has not seen Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. In addition to new information regarding Lack’s personal wrongdoings, the book is expected to reveal other significant damaging information related to NBC News.

On Lack’s watch the now-disgraced Weinstein reportedly leveraged NBC executives to stop Farrow from exposing him as a sexual predator with scandalous information regarding Lauer.

The former “Today” anchor was ultimately fired weeks after Farrow exposed Weinstein in his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece that was published in The New Yorker after NBC passed on it.

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“Weinstein made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it,” Farrow wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Lack refused to allow an outside counsel to investigate who knew about Lauer’s sexual wrongdoings. Instead of enlisting a white-shoe law firm – which has been standard for other news organizations dealing with sexual harassment during the #MeToo era – NBC allowed in-house General Counsel Kim Harris to conduct the review.

Harris’ internal review eventually declared that Lack and NBC management were completely oblivious to Lauer’s pervy behavior. The heavily criticized internal review contradicted the Beast report that Lack knew “Lauer was unfaithful” to his wife years before the #MeToo movement changed corporate culture across America.

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Farrow’s book will also contradict the internal review, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Farrow uncovers seven allegations of workplace sexual misconduct by Lauer that seem to contradict the network’s stance that management had no knowledge of his behavior as well as seven nondisclosure agreements — many with hush-money payouts — to accusers of Lauer and others at NBC. Multiple Lauer accusers, including the woman whose complaint to NBC’s human resources department resulted in the star’s ouster, tell their stories in detail,” THR reporter Marisa Guthrie wrote. “NBC maintains that it had no knowledge of Lauer’s behavior before he was fired.”

Meanwhile, NBC News has still not explained how the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump was leaked from within Lack’s news organization to the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold just in time to potentially hurt Trump weeks before the 2016 election.

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Fahrenthold, like Farrow, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting that NBC News passed on. The tape derailed the career of then-NBC host Billy Bush and Fahrenthold was later given a paid consultancy with NBC News.

Lack’s top deputy, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, is an old college buddy of Fahrenthold from their time together at Harvard University. NBC has long denied that Oppenheim leaked the tape to Fahrenthold — who with Oppenheim is also tied from Harvard to investor Marc Mezvinsky, the son-in-law of Hillary Clinton.

According to THR, which got access to the book, “Catch and Kill” will reveal that Clinton’s publicist Nick Merrill informed Weinstein that Farrow was poking around lewd accusations against him in the first place.

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NFL upholds Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s season-long suspension

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The NFL on Wednesday upheld Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s season-long suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on an Indianapolis Colts receiver nearly two weeks ago.

Burfict’s suspension is the longest-ever for an on-field incident. He will miss the rest of the Raiders’ season as well as any playoff games should Oakland get to that point later in the year.

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Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks was the NFL’s appeals officer in the case. He sided with the NFL’s vice president of football operations Jon Runyan that the hit was “unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided.”

“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” Runyan wrote in the letter to Burfict. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game.

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Runyan continued: “Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me, and each of the jointly appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

“Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures.”

The veteran has racked up more than $4 million in fines and has been suspended 10 times due to the apparent headhunting on the field. The penalties came when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Raiders signed Burfict to a one-year, $2 million contract in the offseason. It included a $300,000 signing bonus and $300,000 in guaranteed money, according to Spotrac.

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