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Trump vs. The Constitution: In Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Insists He’s Above The Law

Westlake Legal Group 5da06d22210000e706344375 Trump vs. The Constitution: In Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Insists He’s Above The Law

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has spent his time in office trying to bend the conventions of the American presidency to his will. Now he appears to be trying to override a core principle of democracy: that no one is above the law.

Faced with an impeachment inquiry, Trump has openly defied the core constructs of the Constitution. He chafes at the idea of co-equal branches of government and rejects the House’s right to investigate him.

He has deployed a convoluted logic in which he has declared that the courts can’t investigate him because as president he cannot be charged with a crime but also that Congress cannot impeach him because its inquiry is politically illegitimate.

It’s a “heads he wins, tails you lose” formulation.

“It’s anathema to his character and his life story to be checked and balanced by anything,” said presidential historian Jon Meacham, a professor at Vanderbilt University. “The Constitution was formed to contain appetite. And we now have the president who is driven entirely by appetite.”

In a scathing eight-page letter this week, the Republican president’s lawyers served notice there will be no cooperation with the impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s White House has ignored document requests and subpoenas. It readily invokes executive privilege — going so far as to argue that the privilege extends to informal presidential advisers who never held White House jobs. And his team all but dares Democrats to hold them in contempt.

The impeachment standoff follows a pattern Trump has established throughout his presidency as he has jettisoned experienced advisers and flouted conventions.

The fact that he survived the special counsel’s Russia investigation without paying much of a political penalty left him all the more emboldened.

One day after Robert Mueller’s faltering testimony brought an end to that threat, Trump unleashed a new one by asking Ukraine’s president to investigate his political foe Joe Biden. That prompted the fast-moving impeachment inquiry that Trump now resists.

After two weeks of a listless and unfocused response to the impeachment probe, the White House letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week was a declaration of war.

While it was filled with dubious legal arguments, its intent was clear: Trump would not play ball, claiming that the game was rigged against him.

As for all the subpoenas flying from House Democrats, an exasperated Trump said Thursday, “You’re running a country, I just don’t think that you can have all of these people testifying about every conversation you’ve had.”

And as for the Democrats, Trump claimed Wednesday they’re the ones playing dirty “because they have a tiny margin in the House.”

“They have eviscerated the rules,” he said. “They don’t give us any — any fair play. It’s the most unfair situation people have seen.”

The Constitution gives the House “the sole power of impeachment.” But it confers that authority without providing any guidelines, which the White House has seized upon in demanding that Pelosi call for a vote to authorize the inquiry as happened in the last two impeachment inquiries.

No vote is required, and Trump’s strategy risks further provoking Democrats in the impeachment probe, setting up court challenges and the potential for lawmakers to draw up an article of impeachment for obstructing their investigations.

“The president does not have all-consuming power,” said Nick Ackerman, a member of the Watergate prosecution team that investigated President Richard Nixon. “We play by certain rules, and we expect the rule of law to apply. We don’t have checks and balances if he ignores them. That itself is an impeachable defense, which is what Nixon faced.”

It is unclear whether Democrats would wade into a lengthy legal fight with the administration over documents and testimony or if they would just move straight to considering articles of impeachment.

Trump, for his part, has never been one to rely on legality or logic in making his arguments.

In the last week alone, he called for the impeachment of Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Adam Schiff — events that can’t occur — and in part justified his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, leaving the Kurds vulnerable to Turkish attacks, by saying the Kurds did not assist at Normandy during World War II.

Since taking office, he has taken repeatedly taken unilateral action to defy Congress and push the limits of his own power, declaring a national emergency so he could divert funds for a border wall and taking executive action to try to halt immigration from several Muslim-majority nations.

Trump on Thursday punctuated a tweet about unfair media coverage with four words that seemed to sum up his entire viewpoint of the American system: “Oh well, I’m President!”

The Constitution was built to withstand tests like this.

“Both the strength of the American system and one of its most frustrating aspects is that it’s incredibly difficult to do anything quickly, particularly bad things, which the founders believed would happen more often than good things,” Meacham said. “Checks and balances were created so one bad actor could not dominate the proceedings. We now have that bad actor.”

EDITOR’S NOTE — Jonathan Lemire has covered politics and the White House for The Associated Press since 2013.

Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire

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Tom Homan hits back at liberal mayor of Minneapolis: He needs to ‘remember who he works for’

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey “needs to remember who he works for,” former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said on Friday.

This reaction comes after President Trump ramped up his ongoing feud with Frey at a campaign rally on Thursday, calling him a “bad mayor” and attacking the city’s policy on refugee settlement.

The president vowed to give communities greater say in refugee policy and discussed reducing the refugee resettlement program. Minnesota, which is home to a large Somali immigrant population, also has the largest number of refugees per capita nationwide, with 13 percent of the country’s refugees, according to U.S. Census data.

Frey took to Twitter to hit back, writing that immigrants and refugees are welcome in his city.

WATCH: TRUMP MOCKINGLY IMITATES STRZOK AND PAGE DURING RAUCOUS RALLY

Before the rally, Frey had issued a proclamation declaring Thursday “Love Trumps Hate” day in the city.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Homan agreed with the president’s message.

He told the “Friends” hosts that Frey is “not a dictator.”

“He works for the taxpayers of that city, and the taxpayers have the right to decide,” he said. “They pay school taxes. They pay property taxes. They should have a say in how that city runs.”

“So, shame on him,” said Homan. “I’ll tell him the same thing I told Representative [Pramila] Jayapal. They work for us, but they forget that.”

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The Trump campaign blasted Frey earlier in the week after city officials proposed a fee of more than $500,000 for security at the Target Center for the rally.

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Unveiling the best 100 NFL players of all time: Here are Nos. 51-100

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In conjunction with the NFL’s 100th season celebration, 19 current and former reporters across the USA TODAY Sports Network were asked to compile a list ranking the 100 greatest players in pro football history.

The challenge was daunting, considering each person had to assess talent back to 1920. While there were no strict parameters, the process for making decisions focused on the field of play and considered elements such as induction to the Hall of Fame, statistics, awards, reputation and the eye test. Each voter was asked to rank 60 players. Those votes produced a list of 170 names. A points system was used for the rankings starting with 60 points for the top player on a list down to 1. Ties were broken by using the highest single vote a player received.

Our panel: Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY; Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press; Christine Brennan, USA TODAY; Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati Enquirer; Nate Davis, USA TODAY; Pete Dougherty Green Bay Press-Gazette; Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star; Gentry Estes, Nashville Tennessean; Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire; Martin Frank, Wilmington (Del.) News Journal; Mike Jones, USA TODAY; Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY; Joe Rexrode, formerly Nashville Tennessean; Steven Ruiz, For The Win; Kent Somers, Arizona Republic; Rachel Shuster, former USA TODAY; Art Stapleton, Bergen (N.J. Record); Andy Vasquez, Bergen (N.J.) Record; Larry Weisman, former USA TODAY.

We will be releasing the names 10 at a time. Nos. 41-50 will be released on Oct. 14. 

Feel free to agree, disagree, argue or simply enjoy a trip through the years. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook 

EVERY TEAM’S BEST: Top players in the history of each NFL franchise

BEST TEAMS EVER: Which squad is best in league history?

With that, here are Nos. 61-100 in our list of the greatest NFL players of all time: 

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51: John Mackey

Position: TE

Years: 1963-72

Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1992); Super Bowl V champion; 3-time First-team All-pro (1966,1967,1968); five pro bowls

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52: Terrell Owens

Position: WR

Years: 1996-2010

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2018); 5-time First-team All-pro (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007); 3rd all-time receiving yards; six pro bowls

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No. 53 Merlin Olsen

Position: DT

Years: 1962-1976

Team: Los Angeles Rams

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1982); 5-time First-team All-Pro (1966-1970); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1965, 1973, 1974); NFL Rookie of the Year (1962); 14-time Pro Bowler (this is a career NFL record. Olsen is tied with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Bruce Matthews and Tony Gonzalez) 

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No. 54. LaDainian Tomlinson

Position: RB

Years: 2001-11

Teams: San Diego Chargers, New York Jets

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2017); NFL Most Valuable Player (2006); NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2006); 3-time First-team All-pro (2004, 2006, 2007); 2-time Second-team All-pro (2002, 2003); five pro bowls

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No. 55 Gene Upshaw

Position: G

Years: 1967-81

Team: Oakland Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1987); 2-time Super Bowl champion; AFL Champion; 5-time First-team All-pro (1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1977); 4- time Second-team All-pro (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976); seven pro bowls

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No. 56 Steve Young

Position: QB

Years: 1985-99

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF 2005; two-time NFL MVP (1992, 1994); Super Bowl MVP (1994); 33,124 passing yards, 64.3 completion percentage, 232 touchdowns, 4,239 rushing yards, 43 touchdowns; seven-time Pro Bowler; won six NFL passing titles.

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No. 57 Marshall Faulk

Position: RB

Years: 1994-2005

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2011); Super Bowl champion; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999-2001); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1994, 1995, 1998); NFL MVP (2000); 3-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1994); 7-time Pro Bowler; one of only 3 NFL players to amass at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards; only player to accumulate 12,000 rushing and 6,000 receiving yards; only NFL RB with 100+ rushing and 30+ receiving TDs; holds NFL career record for most games with a rushing and receiving TD (15).

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No. 58  Raymond Berry

Position: Split end

Years: 1955-67

Team: Baltimore Colts

Achievements: Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973; 2-time NFL champion (1958, ‘59); 1st-team All-Pro (1958, ‘59, 60); 6-time Pro Bowler

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59: Earl Campbell

Position: RB

Years: 1978-85

Teams: Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1991; 1979 AP MVP; NFL PFWA MVP (1978, ‘79); AP Offensive Player of the Year (1978, 1979, 1980); 1st-team All-Pro (1978, ‘79, ‘80); 5-time Pro Bowler

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60: Junior Seau

Position: LB

Years: 1990-2009

Teams: San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2015); 8-time First-team All-Pro (1991-1996, 1998, 2000); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1992); NFL Man of the Year (1994); 12-time Pro Bowler

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61: Charles Woodson

Position: DB

Years: 1998-2015

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Super Bowl XLV champion; 2009 Defensive Player of the Year; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2009, 2011); Four-time Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2008, 2010, 2015); nine pro bowls; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

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62: Lance Alworth

Position: WR

Years: 1962-72

Teams: San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1978); Super Bowl VI champion; AFL Champion (1963); AFL Player of the Year (1963); 6-time First-team All-Pro (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968); Second-team All-Pro (1969); seven pro bowls

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63: Bart Starr

Position: QB

Years: 1956-1971

Team: Green Bay Packers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1977); 2-time Super Bowl champ; 2-time Super Bowl MVP; 5-time NFL champ; 4-time Pro Bowl; first-team All-Pro (1966); 3-time second-team All-Pro (1961, 1962, 1964); NFL MVP (1966); holds the NFL record for the highest postseason passer rating (104.8)

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64: J.J. Watt

Position: DE

Years: 2011-Present

Team: Houston Texans

Achievements: 5-time First-team All-Pro (2012-2015, 2018); 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015); Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017); 5-time Pro Bowler; Pro Bowl Defensive MVP (2014); Bert Bell Award (2014); first player with multiple 20-sack seasons (2012, 2014)

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65: Larry Fitzgerald

Position: WR

Years: 2004-Present

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Achievements: 1st-team All-Pro (2008); 2-time 2nd-team All-pro (2009, 2011), 11-time Pro Bowler, Pro-Bowl MVP (2008); Holds NFL record for most seasons with 90+ receptions (8); Most TD receptions in a postseason (7 in 2008); Most receptions in a postseason (30 in 2008); Most receiving yards in a postseason (546 in 2008); Third all-time in career receptions (1,303); Second all-time in career receiving yards (16,279)

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66: Mike Webster

Position: C

Years: 1974-90

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1997); 5-time First-team All-pro (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983); Second-team All-Pro (1984); nine pro bowls

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67: Jack Ham

Position: LB

Years: 1971-1982

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1988); 4-time Super Bowl champ; 6-time First-team All-Pro (1974-1979); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1973, 1980); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1975); 8-time Pro Bowler

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68: Joe Namath

Position: QB

Years: 1965-77

Teams: New York Jets, L.A. Rams (1977)

Achievements: Five pro bowls; Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP; Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1985); first to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season; had 27,663 passing yards and 173 TDs for career.

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69: Orlando Pace

Position: LT

Years: 1997-2009

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2016); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2001, 2003); Second-team All-Pro (2000); seven pro bowls.

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70: Art Shell

Position: OT

Years: 1968-82.

Team: Oakland Raiders (L.A. 1982).

Achievements: Two-time Super Bowl champion. Hall of Fame. Played 207 games. NFL 1970s all-decade team.

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71: Ted Hendricks

Position: LB.

Years: 1969-83

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, L.A. Raiders.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1990); 4-time Super Bowl champion; 4-time First-team All-Pro (1971, 1974, 1980, 1982); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1976); 8-time Pro Bowler

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72: Randy White 

Position: DT.

Years: 1975-88

Team: Dallas Cowboys.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1994; 1977 Super Bowl Champion; 1977 Super Bowl MVP; 1st-team All-Pro (1978, ‘79, ‘81, ‘82, ‘83, ‘84, ‘85); 9-time Pro Bowler

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73: Bruce Matthews

Position: OL.

Years: 1983-2001

Teams: Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2007; 1st-team All-Pro (1988, ‘89, 90, ‘92, ‘98, ‘99, 2000); 14-time Pro Bowler; started 293 games in career (second in NFL history).

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74: Larry Allen

Position: OL.

Years: 1994-2007

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2013; 1995 Super Bowl Champion; 1st-team All-Pro (1996, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, 2000, ‘01); 11-time Pro Bowler 

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75: Terry Bradshaw

Position: QB

Years: 1970-83

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1989; 4-time Super Bowl champion (1974, ‘75, ‘78, ‘79) ; 1978 AP MVP; Super Bowl MVP (1978, ‘79); 1978 Bert Bell Award winner; 1st-team All-Pro (1978); 3-time Pro Bowler

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76: Sid Luckman

Position: QB.

Years: 1939-50

Team: Chicago Bears.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1965; 1943 Joe F. Carr MVP Trophy winner; 4-time NFL Champion (1940, ‘41, ‘43, ‘46); 1st-team All-Pro (1941, ‘42, ‘43, ‘44. ‘47); 3-time Pro Bowler 

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77: Jim Otto

Position: Center.

Years: 1960-74  

Team: Oakland Raiders.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980; 1st-team All-Pro selection (1960, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70); 12-time Pro Bowler 

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78: Michael Strahan 

Position: DE.

Years: 1993-2007

Team: New York Giants.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2014); Super Bowl champ; 7 Pro Bowls; 4-time first-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003); 2-time second-team All-Pro (2002, 2005); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001); holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season (22.5); 6th most career sacks in NFL history (141.5)

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79: Kellen Winslow Sr.

Position: TE.

Years: 1979-87

Team: San Diego Chargers.

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1995); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1980-1982); Second-team All-Pro (1987); 5-time Pro Bowl selection

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80: Adrian Peterson

Position: RB.

Years: 2007-present

Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins.

Achievements: NFL Most Valuable Player (2012); NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012); 4-time First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2013); seven pro bowls; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007). Eight on all-time rushing list coming into 2019 season.

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81: Walter Jones

Position: OT.

Years: 1997-2008

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2014); 4-time First-team All-Pro (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (2006, 2008); nine pro bowls.

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82: Willie Lanier

Position: LB.

Years: 1967-77

Team: Kansas City

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (1986); Started 146 of 149 regular-season games. Eight pro bowls (1968-75). Three-time All-Pro (1968, 1971, 1973).

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83: Michael Irvin

Position: WR.

Years: 1988-1999

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2007); 3-time Super Bowl champ; First-team All-Pro (1991); Two-time Second-team All-pro (1992, 1993); five pro bowls.

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84: Jonathan Ogden

Position: OT.

Years: 1996-2007

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Achievements: Inducted into Pro Football HOF (2013); Super Bowl champ; 4-time First-team All-Pro (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003); 5-time Second-team All-Pro (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006); 11 pro bowls.

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85: Marvin Harrison

Position: WR.

Years: 1996-2008

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2016); Super Bowl champ; 3-time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006); 5-time Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2001, 2003-2005); 8-time Pro Bowl selection; Holds multiple NFL receiving records including most receptions in a single season (143), most consecutive seasons of 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 10+ TD receptions (8), first player to record two seasons of 1,600 yards receiving in NFL history, (1999 & 2002); also holds multiple records with Peyton Manning as a QB/WR pair.

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86: Derrick Thomas

Position: LB.

Years: 1989-1999

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (2009); 3-time First-team All-Pro (1990-1992); 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1993, 1994, 1996); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1989); holds the NFL record for sacks in a single game (7).

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87: Troy Polamalu

Position: S.

Years: 2003-14

Team: Pittsburgh

Achievements: Eight pro bowls (2004-08, 2010-11, 2013) and four-time All-Pro (2006, 2008, 2010-11). Twice had seven interceptions in a season. Started 142 regular-season games. NFL defensive player of the Year in 2010 (AP). Super Bowl champ.

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88: Aaron Donald

Position: DL.

Years: 2014-present

Teams: St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

Achievements: 2-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (2017, ‘18); 1st-team All-Pro (2015, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18); 5-time Pro Bowler.

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89: Rob Gronkowski

Position: TE.

Years: 2010-18

Team: New England Patriots

Achievements: 3-time Super Bowl Champion 2015, ‘17, ‘19); 1st-team All-Pro (2011, ‘14, ‘15, ‘17); 5-time Pro-Bowler; 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year.

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90: Tony Dorsett

Position: RB.

Years: 1977-88

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1994; 1977 Super Bowl champion; 1st-team All-Pro (1981); 4-time Pro Bowler; 1977 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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91: Lee Roy Selmon

Position: DE.

Years: 1976-84

Team: Tampa Bay

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1995; 1979 AP Defensive Player of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1979); six pro bowls.

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92: Fran Tarkenton

Position: QB.

Years: 1961-78

Teams: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants.

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1986; 1975 NFL MVP; 1st-team All-Pro (1975); nine pro bowls (1964-65, 1967-70, 1974-76).

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93:  Marion Motley

Position: FB.

Years: 1946-55

Teams: Cleveland (AAFC), Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1968. 2nd black player ever inducted); NFL champion; 4-time AAFC champion; Pro Bowl; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1948, 1950); averaged 5.6 YPC (a record that still stands for FBS).

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94: Herb Adderley

Position: DB.

Years: 1961-72

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980; 3-time Super Bowl Champion (1965, ‘66, ‘67); 1st-team All-Pro (1962, ‘63, ‘65, ‘66); 5-time Pro Bowler

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95: Adam Vinatieri

Position: K.

Years: 1996-Present

Teams: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts

Achievements: 4-time Super Bowl champ; 3-time First-team all-Pro (2002, 2004, 2014); 3-time Pro Bowl selection; Holds NFL records for most consecutive FGs made (44), most career FGs made (582) and most career points in NFL history (2,600); Only player to score 1,000+ points for 2 teams.

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96:  Darrell Green

Position: CB.

Years: 1983-2002

Team: Washington Redskins

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008; 2-time Super Bowl champion (1987, ‘91); 1996 Walter Payton Man of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1991); 7-time Pro Bowler.

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97: Mike Haynes

Position: CB.

Years: 1976-89

Teams: New England Patriots, L.A. Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1997); Super Bowl champ; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1984, 1985); 6-time Second-team All-Pro (1976-1980, 1982); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1976).

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98: Willie Brown

Position: CB.

Years: 1963-78

Teams: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1984); 3-time Super Bowl champ; 2-time First-team All-Pro (1971, 1973); AFL champion (1967); 3-time First-team All-AFL (1964, 1968, 1969); 4-time Pro Bowl selection; held the Super Bowl record for longest interception (75 yards) until James Harrison broke it.

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99: Franco Harris

Position: RB.

Years: 1972-84

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Achievements: Inducted into the Pro Football HOF (1990); 4-time Super Bowl champ; Super Bowl MVP; First-team All-Pro (1977); 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1975); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1972); 9-time Pro Bowl selection; rushed for 1,000 or more yards in 8 seasons

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100: Troy Aikman

Position: QB.

Years: 1989-2000

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Achievements: Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2006; 3-time Super Bowl champion (1992, ‘93, ‘95); 1992 Super Bowl MVP; 1997 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year; 1st-team All-Pro (1993); 6-time Pro Bowl selection

Contributing: Tess DeMeyer, Lila Bromberg,, Thomas Hindle

Sources: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Pro Football Reference, USA TODAY research

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Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash

The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been “entirely survivable.”

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Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserrat died when Riley lost control of his father’s car at 116 mph in May 2018. Another friend was thrown from the car and survived.

The South Florida SunSentinel reports that James B. Riley sued Wednesday in Santa Clara County, California, where Tesla is based. Monserrat’s parents filed a similar lawsuit in January. Both blame the car’s lithium-ion battery pack, which exploded when the Tesla hit a concrete wall.

A Tesla statement earlier this year said “no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.”

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Iranian Tanker Reportedly Struck By Missiles In Red Sea

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A pair of missiles hit an Iran-flagged oil tanker steaming off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea, causing an explosion and oil spill, Iranian officials said Friday.

Iran’s state-run IRNA identified the tanker as the Sabiti, and Iranian state television says the explosions damaged two storage tanks and caused an oil spill that is now reportedly under control.

The Iranian media reports did not assign responsibility for the incident.

“The oil tanker named SABITI belonging to the company sustained damages to the body when it was hit by missiles 60 miles from the Saudi port city of Jiddah,” IRNA said.

MarineTraffic, a ship-tracking website, says Sabiti was en route from Port Said, Egypt, to an unknown destination.

The incident is the latest in a series in recent months, most or all of which have occurred on the opposite side of the Arabian peninsula in waters near the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. has blamed Iran for the attacks, but Tehran denies any involvement.

Saudi Arabia made no immediate comment on the reported attack.

Last month, a major Saudi oil processing plant and an adjacent oil field were hit in a missile-and-drone attack claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels but that Riyadh and the U.S. blamed on Tehran.

Iran, which has supported the Houthis’ fight against the Saudi-backed government in Sana’a, has denied any involvement in the attack.

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Americans Are Supporting Donald Trump’s Impeachment Much Faster Than They Did With Richard Nixon During Watergate

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Additionally, Nixon also achieved some really good shit when he was in office (creating the EPA, for example). If it weren’t for the evil and underhanded shit he did alongside it, the history books would look very favorably upon him. Trump hasn’t done fucking anything notable save for imprison children, break-up families, pass an unpopular tax cut for the wealthy, embolden white nationalists, fuck-over our Kurdish allies, get blatantly played by North Korea, and undermine global markets and fuck-over farmers and industry with moronic tariffs.

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2 Giuliani Associates Arrested With One-Way Tickets at U.S. Airport

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors unsealed charges on Thursday against two men who have aided President Trump’s efforts to gather damaging information in Ukraine about his political opponents, a criminal case that signaled growing legal exposure for the president’s allies as Mr. Trump tries to blunt an impeachment inquiry in Congress.

The indictment of the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, sketched a complex scheme to violate campaign finance laws and did not accuse Mr. Trump of wrongdoing. But it revealed new details about the push to pressure Ukraine: a campaign encouraged by Mr. Trump, led by his private lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and assisted by obscure figures like Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman.

Mr. Trump continues to defend the effort, which is the focus of the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats opened last month. The new indictment, however, suggests the first criminal implications of the shadow foreign policy that Mr. Giuliani pushed on behalf of the president.

And it is another example of the extent to which the messy power dynamics of Ukraine — a former Soviet republic and close American ally with a recent history of political upheaval — now dominate discussions about Mr. Trump’s future. The impeachment inquiry began after a C.I.A. officer who has worked at the White House raised alarms about a July telephone call in which Mr. Trump seemed to suggest that American military aid was contingent on Ukraine’s help in unearthing information that could help Mr. Trump politically.

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Mr. Giuliani has been public about his hunt for damaging information about Democrats, and the indictment gives a more complete picture about how he seems to have subcontracted part of the work to Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, two of his longtime associates. Document:

It directly connected the two men to a key element of the pressure campaign, an effort to recall the United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, after she became a focus of criticism from many of Mr. Trump’s allies. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman donated money and pledged to raise additional funds in 2018 — some violating legal limits — for a congressman who was then enlisted in the campaign to oust her, court papers showed.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that the two men were charged with making illegal campaign donations, and law enforcement officials harshly criticized the scheme.

On Thursday, William F. Sweeney Jr., the top agent in the F.B.I.’s New York office, said during a news conference that “campaign finance laws exist for a reason.”

“The American people expect and deserve an election process that hasn’t been corrupted by the influence of foreign interests,” he said, “and the public has a right to know the true source of campaign contributions.”

“Laws make up the fabric of who we are as a nation,” Mr. Sweeney added. “These allegations aren’t about some technicality, a civil violation or an error on a form. This investigation is about corrupt behavior and deliberate lawbreaking.”

The lawmaker is named in the indictment only as “Congressman-1,” but campaign finance filings identify him as former Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas. Mr. Sessions, then the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, wrote a letter in 2018 to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that Ms. Yovanovitch should be fired for privately expressing “disdain” for the current administration.

Mr. Sessions, who lost his re-election bid last year, said in a statement that he could not confirm that he was “Congressman-1” but that he would “vigorously defend myself against any allegations of wrongdoing” and that he had no knowledge of the scheme detailed by prosecutors.

He said that he met the two men to discuss Ukraine’s bid for energy independence and that he wrote to Mr. Pompeo “separately, after several congressional colleagues reported to me that the current U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was disparaging President Trump to others as part of those official duties.”

Some Trump allies believed Ms. Yovanovitch was trying to impede their effort to dig up damaging information about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, a former Ukrainian official has said, and House Democrats are looking into whether her removal was linked to Mr. Trump’s attempts to gain politically helpful information.

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Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman are witnesses in their impeachment inquiry, and Mr. Parnas had been scheduled to be questioned Thursday by investigators.

Ms. Yovanovitch was herself scheduled to appear Friday on Capitol Hill, but she remains an employee of the State Department and the Trump administration could try to block her testimony. If that happens, House Democrats have said that they are prepared to subpoena her.

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman were arrested on Wednesday evening at Dulles International Airport as they held one-way tickets on a Lufthansa Airlines flight to Frankfurt. They were walking down a glass-framed jetway, boarding with first-class passengers after indulging in free drinks and food in the lounge, when two plainclothes officers stopped them, according to someone who witnessed the arrest.

After they produced their passports to one of the officers, according to the witness, they were instructed to turn around and walk back toward the terminal, where a phalanx of uniformed and plainclothes officers waited.

At a hearing on Thursday in federal court in Northern Virginia, prosecutors argued that the men were flight risks, and a judge set bail at $1 million each. Dressed in T-shirts, Mr. Fruman and Mr. Parnas were represented by two lawyers who defended Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman who was convicted last year in the same courthouse of financial crimes associated with his own work in Ukraine.

A lawyer for the men, John M. Dowd, who was not at the hearing, declined to comment. His clients were ordered to appear in court on Thursday in New York, where the charges were filed.

The work the two men did in Ukraine for Mr. Giuliani seems to have been a mixture of business and politics. Mr. Parnas advised Mr. Giuliani on energy deals in the region and pursued his own in Ukraine even as he portrayed himself as a representative of Mr. Giuliani on the Trump-related matters.

The indictment said Mr. Parnas acted “at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials.” None were named, but Ms. Yovanovitch’s main critic in the Ukrainian government was Yuriy Lutsenko, then the nation’s prosecutor general who himself has a history of wielding the law as a weapon in his personal political battles.

Both Mr. Fruman and Mr. Parnas appear to have at least glancing contacts with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump invited Mr. Fruman to a fund-raiser last year at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, he said in an interview with Forum Daily, a publication that bills itself as the “voice of Russian-speaking America.” The article featured a photograph of the two men, with the president giving a thumbs-up sign.

Mr. Parnas posted a photo on Twitter this spring of himself with the president and wished Mr. Trump a happy birthday. “I am honored to call you Mr. President!!!” he wrote. “And my friend!!”

The president sought to distance himself from the men as he left the White House on Thursday en route to a political rally in Minnesota.

“I don’t know those gentlemen,” Mr. Trump said. “Now it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody. I don’t know about them. I don’t know what they do. I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy. You’d have to ask Rudy.”

Mr. Giuliani said that no one from the Justice Department had contacted him about Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman. “I have to presume they’re innocent,” he said. “None of those facts that I see there make any sense to me, so I don’t know what they mean.”

He said that he was aware they were leaving the country, but he dismissed the idea that they were fleeing and said they regularly traveled to Europe on business.

Based in South Florida, Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman are executives of an energy company that donated $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC last year, which prompted a Federal Election Commission complaint by a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog accusing the men and the company of violating campaign finance laws.

Not long before the large donation, the men created a limited liability company called Global Energy Products, which they used to funnel large contributions, according to the indictment.

Last month, Mr. Giuliani sought to minimize the significance of the campaign finance inquiry into the two men and said it was resolved. And on Thursday, he questioned the timing of the indictment. “All I can tell you about this arrest is, it comes at a very suspicious time,” he said.

Prosecutors said Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, along with two other men indicted on Thursday, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, also funneled money to state and federal candidates in exchange for potential influence, according to court papers. The men wanted to set up recreational marijuana businesses in Nevada and other states, and were seeking political help to get access to the necessary licenses.

The plot was funded by someone identified only as “Foreign National-1” who had “Russian roots,” court papers showed.

The arrangement involved an attempt to seek licenses to sell legal marijuana in Nevada, but the defendants missed a deadline to apply for them — “two months too late to the game unless we change the rules,” Mr. Kukushkin told the unidentified foreign citizen, according to the indictment.

Mr. Correia was still at large but was expected to turn himself in, according to a law enforcement official.

Mr. Kukushkin appeared briefly in federal court in San Francisco, where the government argued that he was a flight risk who should not be granted bail, citing his connections to overseas wealth, his multiple properties in the Bay Area and his refusal to turn over his Ukrainian passport. He was to appear again on Friday in court to discuss bail.

His lawyer, Alan Dressler, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mark Mazzetti, Eileen Sullivan and Adam Goldman reported from Washington, and William K. Rashbaum from New York. Reporting was contributed by Nicholas Fandos, Katie Benner and Kenneth P. Vogel from Washington; Maggie Haberman from New York; Kate Conger from San Francisco; and Zach Montague from Alexandria, Va. Susan Beachy contributed research.

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Kimberley Strassel: There’s no substance behind the accusation Democrats claim is impeachable

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Democrats and the media for three years used a fog of facts and speculation to lull America into forgetting there was never a shred of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. They flooded the zone with another flurry of scattershot claims in their campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans might bear these tactics in mind as they confront the left’s new impeachment push.

In the two weeks since the White House released the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the debate has descended into the weeds of process and people. This is unsurprising given House Democrats’ decision to keep hidden the central doings of their impeachment inquiry, and the media’s need to fill a void.

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The press has responded by seeking to weave dozens of obscure Ukrainian and U.S. names into a crazy quilt of corruption. Readers have no time to keep track of all the Vlads, envoys and meetings in Spain, and that’s the point. The goal is to cover the Trump administration in ugly.

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Republicans for their part are miffed at the highly irregular manner in which all this is unfolding. So they’re highlighting the anonymous whistleblower, his motives and his methods. They’ve pointed out the whistleblower’s admission that his information was secondhand. They’re drilling into whether he was biased on behalf of a current Democratic presidential candidate. They are (correctly) pointing out that the whistleblower has no legal right to anonymity.

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San Diego Padres’ Jacob Nix arrested, shocked with Taser after allegedly entering house through doggy door

San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix was reportedly arrested in Arizona on Sunday after he allegedly tried breaking into a home by squeezing through a doggy door.

Nix, 23, was with teammate Tom Cosgrove when the men entered a Phoenix yard at around 3:30 a.m. and tried to enter a home on the property, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Nix — who’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds — allegedly tried getting in through a doggy door, but he was only partially inside the house when the homeowner, who’d already called the police, confronted Nix by kicking him in the face and then shocking him with a Taser.

Nix and Cosgrove allegedly ran from the home but the duo was soon corralled by responding officers, according to FOX5 San Diego.

Nix reportedly told police he believed he was entering his own home — even though his home doesn’t have a doggy door. He couldn’t explain why he chose to enter through the canine entrance, officials said.

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Nix was released by authorities and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.

It doesn’t appear Cosgrove was disciplined in the matter.

“We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona,” the Padres said in a statement. “We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner’s Office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time.”

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Authorities on Friday were still investigating the issue.

Nix spent the 2019 season in the Padres’ minor league system, appearing in six games across four different minor league levels. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 MLB draft and made his major league debut in 2018, going 2-5 with a 7.02 ERA in nine starts. Cosgrove has yet to appear in the majors.

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Paralympic athlete glues himself to a British Airways jet at London City airport

An Extinction Rebellion protester glued himself to the top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport Thursday.

The man, identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown, was seen clinging to the aircraft in a video streamed online by the protest group. Brown, who is visually impaired, was arrested at Heathrow last month after a protest which saw some Extinction Rebellion activists try to fly a drone near the airport. The 54-year-old, who won a bronze medal at London 2012, glued himself to the top of a British Airways Embraer 190 jet.

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“Here I am on top of a f****** airplane at City Airport. I hate heights, I’m s******* myself, I managed to get on the roof. I am so shaky,” he said in a Facebook video.

“This is all about the climate and ecological crisis, we’re protesting against government inaction on climate and ecological breakdown. They declare a climate emergency and then do nothing about it.

“In fact they go the opposite direction, they sanction the expansion of airports, Heathrow, Bristol and others. We can’t let this go on, we can’t have our cake and eat it.”

He later noticed security were approaching and said, “Oh good security are coming. I hope they don’t take too long because this is f****** scary.”

He was eventually removed. A spokeswoman for British Airways said, “We are investigating what happened as a matter of urgency.” Meanwhile another protester managed to ground a flight from London City Airport to Dublin today — to the fury of the passengers on board. The Aer Lingus flight this morning was on the runway and about to take off when a smartly dressed man stood up and gave a lecture on climate change.

Filming himself on his phone, the man said, “I don’t wish to travel with you, but I don’t wish to get off. I’m extremely sorry for the inconvenience.”

Furious passengers responded saying, “You’re not sorry at all.” As their flight was held up, travelers pleaded with crew to remove the bespectacled man from the plane.

Continuing to address those on board, the man said, “We have two generations of human civilization left if we carry on doing what we are doing.”

Another passenger then asked him, “Why are you filming yourself?”

The man was later seen being led away from the aircraft by police officers. The flight, scheduled to depart at 9.40am, was delayed by 10 minutes.

Passenger Warren Swalbe tweeted, “Just about to take from London City airport. Our flight was infiltrated by a climate change protester.”

Nicholas Watt, the political editor of BBC Newsnight, wrote, “My flight from London City airport to Dublin has just been grounded by a climate change protester. On runway and about to take off when smartly dressed man in late middle age stood up with iPhone to deliver lecture on climate change up and down aisle.

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“Cabin crew calmly and very politely asked protester to resume his seat. Politely but persistently he declined and proceeded to deliver his lecture on climate change in aisle. Plane was at the end of runway. So the pilot taxied back to gate where plane was met by throng of police. They came on board and escorted the protester off the plane.

“The final irony of the climate protest on our flight. We cannot take off until we have taken on extra fuel … to replace the fuel used up during the protest, our pilot notes with humor.”

Aer Lingus said the passenger was removed “due to disruptive behavior on board” and a full security check of the aircraft was completed before the plane departed.

The climate change group started their three-day “Hong Kong-style” shut down of London City Airport this morning, gluing themselves to the terminal building and dancing on a roof — but ultimately failing to cancel flights.

The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the government’s ongoing support of airport expansion. Hundreds of environmentalists attempted to block the entrance to the airport from the DLR by sitting together on the ground and singing “Fly today, gone tomorrow”.

Activist Phil Kingston, 83, was among those arrested — the third time he has been arrested as part of Extinction Rebellion protests in the past week.

Protesters were seen being dragged out the airport by officers after failing to break through security into the terminal. One was heard saying, “Please stop you’re hurting me.”

One activist climbed onto part of the roof of the terminal building where he was cheered by fellow protesters. Standing on the roof, he bellowed down, “Shut the airport down! Rebellion!”

He then danced on the roof as a live band played clarinet music below.

Those arriving for flights were redirected to a second terminal entrance by security workers and were not allowed to enter the building without showing their boarding cards first.

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Taxi driver Jason Lempiere said that the protests had disrupted his work in and around the city. “It’s disturbing everyone’s everyday life — working, travel in and out of the airport. Yeah, have a voice, but not disrupt people’s lives like this,” he said.

This report was originally published in The Sun.  

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