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Dutch dad accused of keeping kids on isolated farm charged with sex abuse

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have charged a father who allegedly held six of his children against their will on an isolated farm for nine years with sexually abusing two of his other children, authorities said Thursday.

The 67-year-old father was previously charged along with a 58-year-old Austrian national with illegal deprivation of liberty and abuse for their alleged role in keeping the six young adults on a farm near the village of Ruinerwold, about 80 miles northeast of Amsterdam. Police located the father and five young adults during an October raid triggered by a 25-year-old man — also part of the family — who raised the alarm at a local bar. Officers who went to the farm, which was largely obscured by trees and had a large vegetable garden, found improvised rooms where the family lived in effective isolation.

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A view of the farm where a father and six children had been living in the cellar in Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands. (WILBERT BIJZITTER/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Investigators say the 67-year-old fathered a total of nine children with a woman who died in 2004. Prosecutors allege that he sexually abused two of his oldest three children, who had already left home. Details of when and where the alleged abuse happened were not released.

The father’s identity has not been made public by authorities, but numerous reports in the European media have identified him as Gerrit Jan van Dorsten. In October, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as The Unification Church, told Fox News that van Dorsten “was briefly a member of our movement in the mid-1980s,” but added that he “is known to have suffered from mental health issues and left our organization in 1987.”

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Dutch media have reported that the father had written extensively online about his self-styled religious beliefs, including a video apparently showing him working out on a home-made fitness machine.

Prosecution spokeswoman Debby Homans told national broadcaster NOS that the father still has not been questioned for health reasons. She declined to elaborate on the health issues, but media have reported that he has suffered a stroke.

Meanwhile, a filmmaker working on a documentary about the case released statements from the oldest four children — the three who had left home and the 25-year-old who raised the alarm — who said that they “recognize” their experiences in the indictment and have faith in the legal proceedings.

However, the younger five siblings stood by their father.

“We have learned from our father to seek happiness in your relationship with God and to take your education into your own hands and we still believe in that,” they said in the statement.

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Prosecutors said in a statement that the father and the 58-year-old man will remain jailed as investigations continue. The pair are expected to appear in court in January.

Both men are also accused of holding a 69-year-old Austrian man against his will in the eastern town of Meppel for several months in 2009, as well as money laundering after large amounts of cash were discovered at the farm.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Visits Afghanistan and Says He Reopened Talks With Taliban

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BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — President Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and declared that he had reopened peace negotiations with the Taliban less than three months after scuttling talks in hopes of ending 18 years of war.

“The Taliban wants to make a deal, and we’re meeting with them,” Mr. Trump said during a meeting with Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, at the main base for American forces north of Kabul.

“We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make a deal very badly,” Mr. Trump added even as he reaffirmed his desire to reduce the American military presence to 8,600 troops, down from about 12,000 to 13,000.

Mr. Trump’s sudden announcement on peace talks came at a critical moment in the United States’ long, drawn-out military venture in Afghanistan, a time when the country is mired in turmoil over disputed election results and Americans at home are increasingly tired of an operation that began shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The scope and prospects of any renewed negotiations remained unclear and White House officials gave few details beyond Mr. Trump’s sudden revelation. On the flight to Afghanistan, Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, had insisted that the secret trip was “truly about Thanksgiving and supporting the troops” and “nothing about the peace process” with the Taliban.

The Taliban made no official comment immediately after the late-night visit and Mr. Ghani afterward said little about any peace talks. “Both sides underscored that if the Taliban are sincere in their commitment to reaching a peace deal, they must accept a ceasefire,” Mr. Ghani wrote on Twitter. “We also emphasized that for any peace to last, terrorist safe havens outside Afghanistan must be dismantled.”

But while the Afghan government has long demanded that the Taliban agree to a cease-fire, no evidence has emerged that the group was willing to grant one. Instead, it has said it would discuss the possibility in negotiations with Afghanistan’s political leaders over the future of the country once the Americans agree to leave.

Mr. Trump made the visit, his first to Afghanistan, under a shroud of secrecy, arriving in a darkened airplane just after 8:30 p.m. local time and departing a few hours later on a trip that the White House had concealed from his public schedule for security reasons.

The president carried out the traditional role of feeding turkey and mashed potatoes to American troops in fatigues, then dined, mingled and posed for photographs before delivering remarks celebrating the American military before about 1,500 troops in an aircraft hangar.

But his visit also had an important political dimension. Mr. Trump, who angrily called off talks with the Taliban in September just as the sides appeared close to an accord, is searching for foreign policy achievements he can celebrate on the campaign trail over the next year. Several of his other marquee initiatives, including nuclear talks with North Korea and an effort to squeeze concessions out of Iran with economic pressure, have yielded few results.

During his short visit on the ground on Thursday, Mr. Trump boasted of American military successes against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State and suggested that the Taliban is eager to make a peace deal, but that he himself is indifferent to the outcome.

“The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s fine,” Mr. Trump said.

He also said that the Taliban is willing to agree to a cease-fire pending the more extensive accord, a matter of contention in the earlier talks but one that Mr. Ghani’s government has insisted on.

Mr. Trump arrived in Afghanistan one day after at least 13 people were killed when their car struck a roadside bomb on the way to a wedding party in Taliban-controlled territory in northern Afghanistan, officials said. Most of the victims were related to each other.

Mr. Trump’s suggestion that the United States would either reach a peace with the Taliban or achieve “total victory” was a sharp departure from his public expressions of frustration with what he has called America’s unending wars. American military leaders and diplomats have long ruled out the possibility of a military victory in Afghanistan. To the contrary, they say, a political settlement is the only path out of the war.

“Peace talks are the only responsible way forward, but it will be a hard and lengthy road,” said James Dobbins, who served as special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“Some time ago, the choice seemed to be between talking or winning on the battlefield,” Mr. Dobbins added. “More recently, the options under consideration seem to be talking or losing — that is, withdrawing unilaterally.”

The president made a similar point when he stuck to his prepared remarks, declaring that the war “will not be decided on the battlefield” and that “ultimately there will need to be a political solution.” The vow of “total victory” absent a peace negotiation appeared to be spontaneous.

American diplomats have quietly tried to keep the peace process alive since Mr. Trump called off the talks, using small measures like a prisoner swap to build trust. In recent weeks, informal meetings between the two sides have been reported, though neither side had publicly acknowledged that peace negotiations had formally resumed.

Even after Mr. Trump broke off negotiations, the Taliban refrained from criticizing him too harshly, which analysts took as evidence that the group still wanted a deal with the United States.

The Thanksgiving trip also allowed the president to stand against a backdrop of visible military support amid his decision to intervene in several high-profile war crimes cases, which has roiled the Pentagon and strained his relations with military leaders.

The secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, was fired after Mr. Trump refused to allow the Navy to oust Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the Navy SEALs in a case that has taken on enormous symbolic importance. Chief Gallagher was convicted of bringing discredit to the armed forces by posing for photos with a teenage captive’s dead body in Iraq but acquitted of the most serious allegations, including killing the captive with a hunting knife and threatening to kill SEALs who reported him.

“This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review,” Mr. Spencer wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Administration officials said Mr. Trump remains eager to bring an end to the American role in Afghanistan, which costs billions of dollars each year and continues to claim American lives. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump visited Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay respects during the return of two Americans killed in a Nov. 20 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The peace negotiations with the Taliban collapsed in stunning fashion on Sept. 7, after Mr. Trump disclosed via Twitter that he was quashing plans for a dramatic meeting at his Camp David presidential retreat with Taliban leaders and Afghan government officials. Angrily citing a Taliban attack in Kabul which killed an American soldier as the plans were coming together, Mr. Trump called off the discussions entirely. “As far as I’m concerned, they are dead,” he said.

It was never clear how imminent a peace agreement truly was. Taliban leaders said they had not committed to a Camp David visit, and Mr. Ghani, who was shut out of the talks, was deeply skeptical of a separate United States agreement with the Taliban that did not involve his government. Uncertainty about the country’s future in the wake of its unresolved election dispute could make brokering peace even more difficult now.

Mr. Trump may be proceeding on his own. The goal of his past talks with the Taliban was to trade an American pledge to withdrawal for a Taliban renunciation of its terrorist allies like Al Qaeda and the start of Taliban negotiations with Afghanistan’s government.

But American troops are already exiting the country as some units rotate out without being replaced. A month ago, the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Miller, said that United States forces in the country had dropped by 2,000 over the past year.

Some current and former military officials are worried that Mr. Trump’s appetite for a troop reduction he can boast about on the campaign trail as a fulfillment of his promise to scale back American foreign interventions could lead to serious national security risks.

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, has warned that a premature withdrawal could lead to a Taliban conquest of the country, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a close adviser to Mr. Trump on foreign policy, has said removing troops could “pave the way for another 9/11.”

Mr. Trump flew to Afghanistan on one of the modified blue-and-white 747 jets known as Air Force One when the president is onboard. He had flown to Florida on Tuesday in another one of those planes but left it behind for his secret trip, which involved first flying back to Washington, where he boarded an alternate plane out of public view.

Ms. Grisham acknowledged that the White House had arranged for Mr. Trump’s Twitter account to post generic Thanksgiving messages while he was in the air to prevent an unusually long silence that might draw suspicion about his activities.

Joining Mr. Trump were his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; the national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien; and Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has regularly visited troops in Afghanistan on holidays.

Reporting was contributed by Peter Baker from Washington and Mujib Mashal from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Trump impeachment: White House ‘can’t find any record’ of call which president insists exonerates him. US leader facing potential impeachment trial over alleged pressure campaign against Ukraine.

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Super PAC supporting Cory Booker for president shuts down

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A super PAC formed to support Sen. Cory Booker‘s presidential campaign announced Wednesday that it would cease operations.

Steve Phillips, a San Francisco lawyer and founder of Dream United, indicated in a news release that the super PAC had struggled to raise money. Booker, D-N.J., has publicly disavowed support from super PACs, which aren’t required to disclose their donors publicly.

“We remain firm in our belief that Senator Cory Booker is uniquely qualified to unite and heal Americans across this country at this critical point in our history,” a statement on Dream United’s website read. “Respecting the Senator’s publicly-stated sentiments about SuperPACs, Dream United will cease operations effective immediately.”

Phillips, a Stanford University classmate of Booker, said in his statement that it became clear while trying to fundraise “that the donor community is strictly adhering to Senator Booker’s publicly articulated wishes that he does not welcome independent support.”

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The group raised a little over $1.1 million during the first six months of the year, far short of Phillips’ stated goal of $10 million. Politico reported in July that almost all of those funds were contributed by Phillips’ wife, Susan Sandler. The couple have previously helped raise money for high-profile black candidates, including former President Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Booker’s campaign has struggled to gain traction. A Fox News poll of Democratic primary voters nationwide published earlier this month showed Booker with 2 percent support, 29 percentage points behind front-runner Joe Biden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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At least 40 Iraq protesters killed in 24 hours as violence escalates

At least 40 anti-government protesters have been killed in Iraq over a 24-hour period, government officials told The Associated Press late Thursday, as violence in Baghdad and the south of the country threatened to spiral out of control.

Security and medical officials say five protesters were killed and 32 wounded late Thursday when security forces fired live rounds to repel them from setting fire to a mosque in the central city of Najaf. Protesters had torched the Iranian consulate in that city the previous night.

Another 35 protesters have been killed by security forces in separate demonstrations in Nasiriyah and Baghdad since Wednesday evening. In all, at least 350 people have died since protesters first took to the streets on Oct. 1 to protest government corruption.

The attack on the Najaf consulate one of the worst attacks targeting Iranian interests in the country since the anti-government protests erupted two months ago. The Iranian staff were not harmed and escaped out the back door. Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for Tehran’s foreign ministry, called for a “responsible, strong and effective” response to the incident from Iraq’s government in statements to Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

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A wounded protester is carried to receive first aid during clashes in Baghdad Thursday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the torching of the consulate, saying it was perpetrated by “people outside of the genuine protesters,” in a statement, adding that the purpose had been to harm bilateral relations between the countries.

One demonstrator was killed and 35 wounded when police fired live ammunition to try to prevent them from entering the consulate building. Once inside, the demonstrators removed the Iranian flag and replaced it with an Iraqi one, according to a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations.

A curfew was imposed in Najaf after the consulate was burned. Security forces were heavily deployed around main government buildings and religious institutions Thursday morning. The province is the headquarters of the country’s Shiite religious authority headed by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

The largely leaderless protest movement has also decried Iran’s growing influence in Iraqi state affairs as well as government corruption. Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on the government to resign “immediately to stop the bloodletting,” while also imploring protesters to maintain the peacefulness of their movement and punish and abolish those behind the violence to protect the reputation of their movement.

“If the government does not resign, this will be the beginning of the end of Iraq,” he warned. Al-Sadr, who has supported the protests, also categorically denied that his supporters were involved in the attack against the Iranian consulate in Najaf.

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Anti-government protesters set fire to block streets during ongoing protests in Baghdad Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

Protesters have staged sit-ins and closed roads, using burning tires to cut access to main thoroughfares and bridges with burning tires. Protesters have also lately targeted the state’s economic interests in the south by blocking key ports and roads to oil fields.

In Basra, security forces were deployed in the city’s main roads to prevent protesters from staging sit-ins, with instructions to arrest demonstrators if they tried to block roads.

Basra’s streets were open as of Thursday morning, but roads leading to the two main Gulf commodities ports in Umm Qasr and Khor al-Zubair remained closed. Schools and official public institutions were also closed.

Separately, the U.S. Embassy denounced a recent decision by Iraq’s media regulator to suspend nine television channels, calling for the Communications and Media Commission to reverse its decision. Thursday’s statement from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad also condemned attacks and harassment against journalists.

Local channel Dijla TV had its license suspended Tuesday for its coverage of the protests, and its office was closed and equipment confiscated, according to an official from one of the channels under threat. Other channels have been asked by the regulatory commission to sign a pledge “agreeing to adhere to its rules,” said the official, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisal.

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The Islamic State group (ISIS) also claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s coordinated bombings in three Baghdad neighborhoods, which killed five people. That was the first apparent coordinated attack since anti-government protests began. The bombings took place far from Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of weeks of anti-government protests that have posed the biggest security challenge to Iraq since the defeat of ISIS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bloomberg pilfers top Harris campaign aide

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 presidential race has stolen away a lot of media space from other challengers, but now he’s also taking staffers from his fellow Democratic hopefuls.

Bloomberg’s campaign announced on Wednesday that Kelly Mehlenbacher has joined the billionaire businessman’s team deputy chief operating officer. Mehlenbacher had been working on California Sen. Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign before making the jump to Bloomberg’s squad.

She had previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid and Mehlenbacher’s exit follows a recent staff shakeup in the Harris campaign that included layoffs amid a renewed focus on Iowa.

The hire was first reported by Politico.

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Bloomberg entered the race Sunday and has begun spending tens of millions of dollars on television ads. His spending – and his personal wealth – have become early targets from his Democratic rivals.

“Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020. He doesn’t need people, he only needs bags and bags of money. I think Michael Bloomberg is wrong,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged while campaigning in Iowa on Monday.

Bloomberg has vowed to spend at least $150 million of his own money on his bid and skip the early primary and caucus voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead concentrate on the delegate-rich states that hold contests on Super Tuesday and beyond.

The push back against Bloomberg is similar – but magnified — to the criticisms of billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer, who’s spent over $50 million in media to promote his campaign since jumping into the race in July. With a vastly larger bank account than Steyer, Bloomberg’s more of a threat to the field of contenders.

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While most of the top and middle tier contenders have taken aim at Bloomberg, two have remained mostly silent. The two are former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg – who may potentially have the most to lose with another center-left contender in the race.

A recent poll by Quinnipiac University showed Bloomberg polling at three percent, the same number Harris and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Fox News Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UK jury clears former police officer in 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium disaster

An English police officer in charge of crowd control at a 1989 soccer match at which 96 people were crushed to death was acquitted Thursday of gross negligence manslaughter, frustrating families of the victims who had campaigned for nearly three decades for officials to be held responsible for the tragedy.

Prosecutors alleged that David Duckenfield, now 75, bore “personal responsibility” for the deaths of 95 Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989, during an FA Cup semifinal match against Nottingham Forest. Under British law, Duckenfield could not be charged in the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, who died more than a year and a day after suffering severe brain damage in the tragedy.

The Hillsborough tragedy remains Britain’s worst sports disaster and led to the elimination of standing-room-only terraces at the country’s largest soccer stadiums.

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A crush of people at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans on April 15, 1989. (AP Photo, File)

Gasps were heard from the public gallery at Preston Crown Court as the verdict was delivered at the climax of a trial that lasted six weeks. Duckenfield sat, impassive, in front of the dock with his hands clasped and then drank from a glass of water as the foreman of the jury delivered the verdict. One of the female jurors left the courtroom in tears as she and her colleagues filed out.

Christine Burke, whose father Henry died that day, stood in the public gallery and addressed the judge.

“With all due respect, my lord, 96 people were found unlawfully killed to a criminal standard,” she said. “I would like to know who is responsible for my father’s death because someone is.”

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, echoed Burke’s comments, calling the verdict “disgrace to this nation.”

“The question I’d like to ask all of you, and people within the system, is, ‘Who put 96 people in their graves?” she told reporters after the verdict. “Who is accountable?”

The victims were originally ruled to have died accidentally, but that judgment was overturned in 2012 after documents uncovered mistakes by authorities and a cover-up by police, following a long campaign by families of the victims. Duckenfield stood trial earlier this year but the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict and a retrial was ordered.

Evidence presented in court showed Duckenfield ordered the opening of exit gates at the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough ground eight minutes before the game kicked off, after the area outside the turnstiles became dangerously overcrowded.

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Floral tributes at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium following the tragedy. (AP Photo/ Peter Kemp, File) (The Associated Press)

More than 2,000 fans entered through one of the exit gates once it was opened and many headed for the tunnel ahead of them, which led to the central pens where the crush happened.

The court was played audio of Duckenfield giving evidence to inquests in 2015. At the hearings, he accepted he should have taken steps to close the tunnel to the central pens after ordering the opening of the exit gate. Duckenfield did not give evidence in the trial because he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Defense lawyer Benjamin Myers told the jury Duckenfield did “what he was expected to do as match commander.”

“He didn’t breach his duty,” Myers said, “he did what he was expected to do in difficult circumstances.”

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“David is, of course, relieved that the jury has found him not guilty,” attorney Ian Lewis said on Duckenfield’s behalf. “However his thoughts and sympathies remain with the families of those who lost their loved ones.”

Graham Mackrell, a former official of Sheffield Wednesday soccer club, stood trial with Duckenfield in January and was found guilty of failing to discharge his duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The club has played its home games at Hillsborough since 1989.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Navy Intelligence Officer John Jordan: Media shows bias by depicting Spencer as ‘principled warrior’

Attorney and former Naval Intelligence Officer John Jordan said Thursday that the media’s portrayal of fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer as a “principled warrior” shows their partisanship.

Appearing on “America’s News HQ” with host Connell McShane, Jordan agreed with Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s dismissal of Spencer.

“Well, first of all, Secretary Spencer was fired for insubordination,” Jordan said. “This isn’t some stand on principle as he’s trying to posit it for The New York Times or The Washington Post — which they’re all too happy to do for somebody who was fired by the Trump administration.”

FIRED NAVY SECRETARY CRITICIZES TRUMP FOR ‘SHOCKING’ INTERVENTION IN SEAL CASE

In a blistering Washington Post op-ed published late Wednesday, Spencer slammed President Trump over his intervention in the case of former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.

Gallagher was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in July but was convicted of posing for a photo with the corpse of an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter.

Spencer wrote that the president “has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

He added that he “came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyer and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media.”

The president had requested that Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin — Special Warfare insignia — and “retire peacefully” with his honors. Spencer described the request as “a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review.”

“I think what I’m doing is sticking up for armed forces,” the president told reporters Monday.

On Tuesday the White House pushed back at Spencer’s previous comments. Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends“: “I’m sure it hurts to lose your position, but the president stands by his decision, and he was there.”

Also Wednesday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced he had directed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to terminate Navy SEAL Trident review boards for three officers connected to the case.

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Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer talks with the media in July. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

“He [Spencer] was fired for going behind Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and negotiating directly with the White House,” said Jordan. “If ever there was a breach in the regularities of the chain of command that’s it, and that’s without precedent and that’s why he was fired.”

Jordan told McShane that any time someone is fired by the president, they “run to The Washington Post or The New York Times who are all too happy to embrace them and bring them under their loving bosom and cite them as a principled warrior.”

Jordan said that the president’s actions fall within the scope of two constitutionally enumerated powers: the power of pardon and the power as Commander-in-Chief.

“So, this isn’t too shocking — it’s clearly within the law,” he said.

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Jordan said that all the president did was direct that a certain punishment not be handed down to Gallagher and allowed him to retire with dignity which was “squarely within the president’s purview.”

He pointed to the case of former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning, who was released from military prison after leaking a trove of documents to Wikileaks.

“If ever there was a more eloquent indictment of the partisanship of The Washington Post and The New York Times, it’s hard to imagine what it is,” Jordan stated.

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Lindsey Graham blasts Dems’ treatment of Trump: ‘Salem witches got a better deal’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., attacked House Democrats’ handling of the on-going impeachment inquiry Wednesday, suggesting next week’s scheduled second wave of hearings would be an unfair process for President Trump.

“Let me see if I have this right,” Graham tweeted. “Jerry Nadler is inviting President Trump to participate in the Judiciary Committee hearings — after all the facts were gathered in Schiff’s Intel Committee — where the president’s team was shut out.

He added that “Salem witches got a better deal than this!” Graham was referring to an invitation from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to the president to participate in the next round of public hearings, set for Dec. 4.

In a follow-up tweet, the senator indicated the hearings would lack due process if they didn’t allow Trump’s team to call witnesses.

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“QUESTION: Will President Trump’s team be allowed to call witnesses and introduce evidence at the House Judiciary Committee? If not, square this with due process,” he said.

Republicans have complained that the House Intelligence Committee botched its hearings last week by blocking their party from calling witnesses, among other things.

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Graham has adamantly defended the president since House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry surrounding Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine. Democrats argue that the president pressured the eastern European nation to interfere in the 2020 election by withholding military aid until the Kiev government opened an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president has denied any wrongdoing and accused Congress of engaging in a “Democrat Hoax.”

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Amber Rose undergoes plastic surgery six weeks after giving birth

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Amber Rose is going under the knife just six weeks after giving birth to her son Slash Electric.

“I’m about to get my whole body done after the baby,” the model shared in a video post on Instagram Wednesday.

Rose, 36, detailed some of the work her plastic surgeon, Dr. David Matlock, would be doing.

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She said, “He’s going to take out some of my jowls that are just, like, hereditary — it just runs in my family, so he’s going to fix that and then suck all the baby fat out of my stomach.”

Rose added, “I’m super excited.”

Dr. Matlock reposted her video, and wrote, “Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful child. Here At Team Matlock, We Love @amberrose She is the sweetest and kindest person. It is always a pleasure seeing her.”

Rose and her boyfriend, Alexander “AE” Edwards, welcomed their first child together on Oct. 10. She also has a 6-year-old son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, with ex Wiz Khalifa.

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Some praised Rose for her honesty about getting plastic surgery, but others criticized the model for not working out or letting her body lose the postpartum weight naturally.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most doctors recommend women wait anywhere from six to nine months after delivering because bodies are still changing postpartum and “you cannot lift the baby postoperatively for weeks after a liposuction.”

This story originally appeared in the New York Post

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