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Napolitano: Ignoring a congressional subpoena is obstruction and an impeachable offense

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Before Florida Shooting, Gunman Showed Off Videos of Mass Attacks

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — As federal authorities worked on Saturday to piece together clues to last week’s attack at a Florida military training base, new details emerged about the gunman, a Saudi trainee who had apparently shown videos of mass shootings at a dinner party the night before.

Several days earlier, the gunman and three other Saudi military trainees visited New York City, including several museums and Rockefeller Center, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.

Investigators were seeking to determine whether the New York trip was a tourist excursion — foreign students often take recreational trips — or whether there were other motives. They also hoped to learn whether the group met with other people during the trip.

The 21-year-old gunman, identified as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, did not appear to have any ties to international terrorist groups, said a senior American official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about investigators’ findings.

The Friday morning attack in a classroom building at the Pensacola Naval Air Station left three service members dead and eight others injured. The gunman, armed with a 9-millimeter handgun and several extra magazines, was killed by a sheriff’s deputy.

The authorities offered no details about the mass shooting videos said to have been shown at Lieutenant Alshamrani’s apartment, nor did they confirm a report that a Twitter account with a name matching the gunman’s had posted shortly before the shooting a screed criticizing the United States as “evil” and quoting Osama bin Laden.

The report, from the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activity on the internet, said the posting had criticized America’s “invasion” of many countries and its support for Israel.

Several other Saudis on the Pensacola base, which hosts some 200 foreign military trainees, were detained for questioning after the shooting. One of them, who had been at the scene of the shooting with two others, had recorded the chaotic scene in front of the classroom building where the shooting took place. He later told investigators the three of them just happened to be there at that time, were caught up in the moment and he had wanted to record it, said the person briefed on the investigation.

Some of the Saudis were detained in order to make sure every last trainee from that country was accounted for on the base, according to a senior American official. Some Saudis at bases in Oklahoma and Louisiana who had entered the country on the same flight as the gunman earlier this year were also investigated, the official said. No ties to the suspect or to terror groups were found.

The F.B.I. office in Jacksonville has declined to characterize the nature of its investigation, but a local member of Congress said it clearly appeared to be a terrorist attack.

“I said it was terrorism because it was a premeditated terrorist attack and more than one person was involved,” said Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican whose congressional district includes Pensacola and has been kept abreast of the investigation. “The filming and potential attempts at publication show that this was an attack intended for theatrical effect to terrorize. It is the definition of terrorism.”

Witnesses described a chaotic scene after Friday’s shooting. The classroom building was covered in broken glass, shell casings and obvious signs of horror.

One of the wounded, Ryan Blackwell, a Navy airman and assistant high school wrestling coach, told the Pensacola News Journal that he was at his office on the first floor of the classroom building when he heard gunshots in the hallway. He and his colleagues closed the door and took cover. The gunman shot through the door.

Mr. Blackwell said he had shielded a woman with his body. All three airmen in the office were shot, he said, with Mr. Blackwell wounded in his right arm and pelvis. He and his colleagues were able to open a window and run out, he said.

“We could have been three more casualties if we didn’t escape,” he said.

At a vigil for the shooting victims at the Olive Baptist Church on Saturday, Chief Deputy Chip W. Simmons of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said he had visited one of the two deputies who were injured while confronting the gunman, and that he was in good spirits.

He recounted the shock Friday morning of hearing the two words law enforcement officials have come to dread over the police radio: “Active shooter.” Usually, he said, that is followed up with the reassuring word of a false alarm. “I never heard that,” Chief Simmons said. “The closer I got to NAS, the more gunshots I heard on the radio.”

Then he heard another, even more dreaded phrase: “Officer down.” And then: “‘Another person down, two officers down. Get rescue.’ How much rescue do you need? ‘As many as you can bring.’”

One of the two injured deputies from the sheriff’s office was released from the hospital on Saturday. The other had been released on Friday.

The authorities by Saturday evening had not officially released the victims’ names, but family members said Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23-year-old rifle team captain, was among the dead. Adam Watson, his older brother, wrote in a Facebook post that Joshua “saved countless lives today with his own.”

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,” he wrote. “He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

Mr. Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, told The Pensacola News Journal that his 23-year-old son was shot five times. He had reported to the base two weeks earlier for flight training.

The Tampa Bay Times identified a second victim as Mohammed Haitham, a 19-year-old airman from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Questions swirled both in the community and in Washington about the thoroughness of the review that the United States conducts before foreign trainees are invited onto military bases.

Lieutenant Alshamrani’s training with the United States military began in August 2017 and was scheduled to finish in August 2020, Pentagon officials said on Saturday.

After his initial arrival in the country, Lieutenant Alshamrani attended language school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. There, he took classes in English, basic aviation and initial aviation training. During school breaks, the lieutenant would return home to Saudi Arabia, Pentagon officials said.

When he came back to the United States this February, friends and colleagues noticed that Lieutenant Alshamrani, who was Muslim, had become more religious, said a person briefed on the investigation.

It was not immediately known what he did between February and last week, when he signed into his new training unit in Pensacola. He had been living in the Pensacola area for some time before that, but it was not clear what he was doing, said the person briefed on the inquiry.

Abbas Musa, the imam at the Al Islam Dawah mosque in Pensacola, said he did not recognize the shooting suspect, and said news of the attack had made his skin crawl. “What in the world would trigger you to do something like that?” Mr. Musa said. “It makes you sick. We reject it.”

At the apartment building where public records suggest the gunman may have lived, in unincorporated Escambia County, several neighbors said they did not know him. Landlords often offer short-term leases to people participating in Navy training at the base and there is a high amount of turnover, they said.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said on Saturday that he had directed the Pentagon to look at vetting procedures for foreign nationals who come to study and train with the American military.

The Department of Defense has 5,181 foreign students from 153 countries in various training programs. Acceptance requires screening for each applicant before acceptance, including running searches for evidence of drug trafficking, support of terrorist activity, corruption or other criminal conduct.

President Trump said before flying to South Florida on Saturday evening that the government would immediately look into “the whole procedure” of accepting foreign military trainees. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, he added, “will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones” of those killed and injured in the attack.

“I think they’re going to help out the families very greatly,” Mr. Trump said.

Members of the community who gathered for Saturday’s vigil prayed for the two deputies injured while stopping the gunman, along with others injured in the gunfire.

Mike Dimick, the military pastor at Olive Baptist Church, said he had spoken with one of the injured deputies, a 21-year-old military reservist who was shot in the arm. The young man, whom he declined to name, had reminded Mr. Dimick about a conversation they had a year ago in Bible study. An 18-year-old trainee at the base had said she was frightened because she felt the location made them a target.

“He said, ‘Every time I put on my uniform and drive by the base, I think of her, and here I am, a first responder there,’” Mr. Dimick said.

The officer was doing well, Mr. Dimick said, but seemed solemn because of “the things he has seen.”

Frances Robles reported from Pensacola, Fla.; Patricia Mazzei from Miami; Eric Schmitt from Washington; and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Helene Cooper contributed reporting from Simi Valley, Calif., and Adam Goldman from Washington. Susan C. Beachy and Jack Begg contributed research.

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Trump to 4,000 Israeli Americans in Florida: US-Israel relationship is ‘stronger now than ever before’

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President Trump addressed a crowd of more than 4,000 people at the Israeli American Council (IAC) National Summit in Florida on Saturday night, saying Israel and America have an “unbreakable bond.”

Trump delivered the keynote address at the summit, which took place in Hollywood, Fla., and was welcomed by the crowd chanting “four more years.” The Israeli American Council is financially backed by one of Trump’s top supporters, billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

In the first address by a sitting U.S. president at the IAC Summit, Trump said America and Israel’s relationship is “stronger now than ever before.”

“I have stood firmly and proudly with the state of Israel,” Trump said. He said he kept his promises and that Israel “never had a greater friend in the White House than your president Donald Trump.”

HALEY SUGGESTS CANADA MADE ‘DEAL WITH THE DEVIL’ BY BACKING ANTI-ISRAEL UN RESOLUTION

The president spoke about the latest move by his administration to strengthen Israel’s position and undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. government is easing its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

While the announcement received praise from Israeli officials — including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called it “historic” — the international community, which overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal, did not take the news favorably.

In a statement sent to Fox News, Federica Mogherini, vice president of the European Union, said: “The European Union’s position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

ISRAEL SHOOTS DOWN ROCKET FIRED FROM GAZA IN SECOND ATTACK IN ONE WEEK, RATTLING SHAKY CEASE-FIRE

Trump already broke with his predecessors by deciding to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the U.S. Embassy to that city and supporting Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region. In Hollywood on Saturday, Trump mentioned all those decisions.

He said recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “great, great thing.”

Trump talked about Israeli security and said, “My administration made clear Israel’s absolute right to self-defense,” as he referenced the latest round of fighting between Gaza and Israel.

Last month, two days of violence left at least 32 Palestinians dead. During the fighting, the Israel Defense Forces said it was “raining rockets” across the country, with Islamic Jihads firing one projectile every seven minutes. Since then, a senior commander of the terror group was killed by the Israeli military in a targeted airstrike.

Trump also told the crowd of Israeli Americans, “Today the ISIS caliphate has been 100 percent obliterated.”

He noted that a few weeks ago, U.S. special forces killed the founder and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump held a rally in Sunrise, Fla., last week where he also mentioned his unprecedented moves in strengthening U.S.- Israeli relations, which included supporting Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region.

It’s a message the president seems to be pushing in his reelection campaign.

UN RELEASES FIRST-EVER REPORT ON ANTI-SEMITISM HIGHLIGHTING UPTICK

As Trump addressed the crowd at the IAC Summit on Saturday night, Trump also spoke about anti-Semitism and said his administration is committed to curbing the problem.

He said “we must not ignore the vile poison”  and said his administration is “using every single weapon at our disposal.”

He brought up former New York University (NYU) student Adela Cojab to the stage. She said she experienced anti-Semitism on her college campus, including witnessing a student who was a member of a pro-Palestinian group on campus, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), burn an Israeli flag.

Her lawyers filed charges of anti-Semitism and a hostile environment for Jewish students at New York University, and they were notified last month that the Department of Education had opened a full-scale investigation into their allegations.

The complaint sent to the Department of Education said: “SJP is a radical organization affiliated with terror groups, bent on adopting a policy of anti-normalization of Jewish groups, and on isolating, demonizing and ultimately destroying the Jewish state.”

Cojab, who was the president of an Israel advocacy group at NYU and was a representative for Jewish students in student government, graduated in May and filed the complaint one month before.

EDUCATION DEPT. PROBING ALLEGED ANTI-SEMITISM AT NYU

NYU spokesman John Beckman told Fox News Saturday that the university “has not received any direct notice from the Department of Education indicating that there is an OCR investigation.”

“If there is, we know that any allegations that the University has been anything less than highly supportive of or deeply concerned about its Jewish community are untrue and unfair, and ignore the real record,” Beckman said, continuing: “That those involved in disrupting the pro-Israel rave in Washington Square Park in 2018 were referred to the University’s student conduct office; that NYU and its president rejected and criticized attempts to ostracize pro-Israel groups; that the University has publicly, repeatedly, and vigorously repudiated BDS proposals both at NYU and elsewhere … and … that NYU is the only U.S. [university] to have opened its own dedicated academic campus in Israel, has flatly rejected any and all calls to close it, and continues to be committed to it.”

National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.  However, in a statement sent to Fox News, NYU’s SJP chapter said: “NYU Students for Justice in Palestine and NYU Jewish Voice for Peace believe Palestinian liberation and Jewish liberation go hand in hand. We work tirelessly against anti-racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The fact that around half of SJP is Jewish, along with our interfaith work where an Israeli Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim woman crafted a BDS resolution on human rights, is evidence of just that.”

On Saturday night, Cojab thanked President Trump for his work on anti-Semitism.

Trump also brought up U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism  Elan Carr to the stage.

Trump spoke at the 6th annual IAC Summit. Vice President Mike Pence was the keynote speaker at the conference the year before.

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President Trump’s trip to Florida on Saturday also featured a separate address to members of Florida’s Republican Party at the Statesman’s Dinner in Aventura. The Florida GOP did not allow news media coverage of the event.

The trip came hours after Trump celebrated Iran’s decision to free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton University who had been held since 2016. The U.S., in turn, released an Iranian scientist in its custody.

“We are also working to free hostages unjustly detained around the world including in Iran,” Trump told the crowd on Saturday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Mike Pence: Not a ‘forgone conclusion’ Dems will secure impeachment votes

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Mike Pence doesn’t believe “it’s a foregone conclusion” that House Democrats will secure enough votes to pass articles of impeachment.

In an exclusive interview on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” airing Saturday, Pence responded to the House Intelligence Committee’s 300-page report — written based on weeks of public and private testimony — which listed the Vice President among other senior officials as “either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the president.”

DEM CONGRESSMAN WARNS REMOVING TRUMP IS ‘BAD POLITICS.’ PREDICTS NIKKI HALEY AS GOP NOMINEE IN 2020

The report also blames Pence for failing to produce “a single document” requested by panels and blocking the release of part of a transcript of his September 18 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Witnesses that actually testified before the Democratic committee actually testified that the subject of investigations never came up either before, during, or after my meeting with President Zelensky in Poland,” Pence told Pirro. “What did we talk about was what President Trump asked me to ask about.”

“When he asked me to go to Poland to represent him, he’d already scheduled a meeting with President Zelensky. And, the president sat me down and said, ‘Look, we are reviewing this aid, but I wanna know what he’s doing about corruption.’ President Zelensky was literally elected in a landslide and the parliamentary election for his party was a landslide on an anti-corruption agenda,” Pence explained. “And, the president said to me: ‘Find out what he’s doing on that — in a sense, you know — check him out, see what you make of him on that.”

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that Democrats would proceed with articles of impeachment against President Trump, declaring that the president’s conduct “leaves us no choice but to act.”

The impeachment inquiry was sparked by a whistleblower complaint detailing a July phone call in which the president allegedly pressured Ukraine about former vice president Joe Biden and his family.

“Will the president be impeached?” Pirro asked.

“I don’t yet know what’s going to happen in the House. I know that Speaker Pelosi has announced articles of impeachment, but I have to tell you — I served in the Congress for 12 years and I don’t think it’s a forgone conclusion… that the Democrats will be able to get the votes to pass articles of impeachment.”

He continued: “I hear from people all over the country — the support for this president, the progress that we’ve made rebuilding our military reviving this economy…Yesterday we announced seven million jobs created, 180 conservative judges on our federal courts…And, when people look at the facts in this case, they can read the transcript and see the president did nothing wrong.”

“I know the American people are going to let their voice[s] be heard in the next two weeks and when the voice of the American people strikes Capitol Hill, anything’s possible,” he told Pirro.

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“And, I never imagined I’d be able to be governor of my home state — and to be able to be here in the White House to be serving as vice president, and to be asked to run again with this president to continue to advance the agenda that we’ve been able to advance for this country is a great honor,” said Pence.

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FBI releases photo of NAS Pensacola shooter as military calls for increased security checks across US bases

U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) has called for increased random security checks at all sites across Northern Command following the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida.

Meanwhile, the FBI on Friday night released its official photo of the Saudi gunman at NAS Pensacola, who has been identifed as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

NORTHCOM said an advisory was sent out Friday night calling for the increase in security checks.

“Given the recent attacks at two military installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, facilities and units within the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility to immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures appropriate for their facilities,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield told Fox News.

“The advisory also told leaders to remind their workforce to remain alert and if they see something, to say something by immediately reporting to appropriate authorities any suspicious activity they may observe,” Hatfield said.

NORTHCOM is one of the military’s 11 combatant commands and provides military support for the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.

NAVY IDENTIFIES GUNMAN AND VICTIMS FROM PEARL HARBOR SHOOTING

On Friday morning, a gunman from Saudi Arabia identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire at NAS Pensacola, killing three people.

The FBI on Friday night released its official photo of the Pensacola shooter, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

The FBI asked anyone with information regarding Alshamrani and his activities to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time, its public affairs office said.

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The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd LT in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command. (FBI)

Six Saudi nationals were also detained for questioning regarding the incident.

The Saudi shooter wielded a handgun — even though firearms are not permitted at the base — before he was taken out by a pair of officers.

6 SAUDI NATIONALS DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING AFTER NAS PENSACOLA SHOOTING: OFFICIAL

Security was tightened at the base four or five years ago: the front gate is closed to civilians, and it would take them about 45 minutes to get through security. Not every car is always checked, but with increased random security checks more of them would be.

NAS Pensacola is home to the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity’s International Training Center, which the Navy says was “established in 1988 to meet the aviation-specific training needs of international officers and enlisted students from allied nations.”

The majority of the hundreds of foreign aviation students who have participated in the program are, like the gunman, from Saudi Arabia, the Navy said. Sources told Fox News that Alshamrani was “early” in his training.

The AFP reported that Alshamrani posted a short manifesto to Twitter before the shooting. The FBI told Fox News that it was aware of the anti-American Twitter post, but would not comment on whether it was looking into it as part of the investigation.

A U.S. official said Saturday that the suspect also hosted a dinner party the week of the shooting where he and several others watched videos of mass shootings.

On Wednesday, Navy sailor Gabriel Antonio Romero opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Romero fatally shot three civilians before turning the gun on himself.

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Romero was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer who was just shy of his two-year anniversary with the Navy.

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Former Miami detective claims Jeffrey Epstein’s copilot disclosed details of his flights

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Private investigator Mike Fisten claimed one Jeffrey Epstein’s former copilots disclosed to him alleged details about trips on the disgraced money man and sex offender’s private jet.

Mike Fisten, a former police detective in Miami-Dade, Fla., said in an exclusive interview with Jesse Watters on “Watters’ World” on Saturday that the copilot was not allowed to leave the cockpit during flights but noticed some peculiar things.

“His first pilot, who’s his most dedicated pilot, wouldn’t talk to us,” the investigator said. “But we were able to find [Epstein’s] copilots.”

Fisten said he was able to meet with a copilot at the man’s home. The copilot, Fisten said, lived in an upscale Florida community.

“I’ll never forget sitting in this guy’s living room up in this really nice area of Wellington, Florida, and talking to him,” he told Watters. “And he’s telling me, ‘I can’t tell you anything. I really want to, but I can’t.’” Fisten said that at that point he noticed a photo of the man with his daughters.

“I said, ‘Look at your daughters. They could have been victims.’ And the guy started tearing up and he started talking,” Fisten said.

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The copilot claimed he flew “all over the world” with Epstein, and alleged that the financier employed very young stewardesses and had “bedrooms” in the back of the plane, according to Fisten. The copilot described the stewardesses as appearing to be minors dressed in outfits as that of “candy stripers,” he said.

The copilot also told Fisten that former President Bill Clinton flew on the plane “numerous times,” he said.

“Twenty-six times, I believe,” Fisten claimed.

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“Hillary [Clinton] never flew on the plane — that we knew of,” he added, recalling what the copilot claimed to him during the visit. “She was never recorded going on the plane and no one’s ever seen her on the plane. [Chelsea Clinton] was never with him.”

Fisten had been hired by Epstein victims’ attorney Brad Edwards in 2009 to investigate the New York City native, who was found dead this past August in his prison cell while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

The billionaire Epstein had owned an island near St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands called Little St. James.

Clinton said through a spokesman earlier this year that he “knows nothing” about Epstein’s “terrible crimes,” insisting that he took “a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” in 2002 and 2003 —  while his Secret Service detail traveled with him at all times — and that he only had brief meetings with Epstein.

“[Clinton] had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail,” the former president’s press secretary, Angel Ureña, tweeted in July.

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“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico or his residence in Florida,” the statement added.

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Newsweek reporter quits, claiming outlet ‘suppressed’ story on global chemical weapons watchdog

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Journalist Tareq Haddad said on Satruday that he had resigned from his position at Newsweek because the outlet “suppressed” details — potentially “inconvenient” to the U.S. government — surrounding a chemical weapons watchdog’s report on the 2018 attack in Syria.

“Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason,” Haddad tweeted, referring to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The OPCW is the organization responsible for implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, enacted in 1997.

Haddad’s tweet came as the OPCW defended itself amid concerns about its reporting on the April 7, 2018, chemical weapons attack in Syria — something that prompted retaliation from the United States and other major powers.

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Wikileaks had published an internal email raising concerns about the organization’s findings.

It’s unclear what Haddad uncovered but he planned on publishing the information, along with evidence of how Newsweek suppressed the story.

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“I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US govt was removed, though it was factually correct,” he said.

Newsweek did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The release of the details could be delayed, as the outlet allegedly warned about a confidentiality clause in his contract.

“I plan on publishing these details in full shortly. However, after asking my editors for comment, as is journalistic practice, I received an email reminding me of confidentiality clauses in my contract. I.e. I was threatened with legal action,” he said.

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He added that he was seeking legal advice and at the very least would publish the information he had without “divulging the confidential information.”

Fox News did not immediately receive a response from an email address found on what appeared to be Haddad’s personal website. Haddad’s author page at International Business Times’ website links back to the Twitter account where his resignation notice appeared.

Haddad’s resignation marked what appeared to be the second controversial departure from Newsweek in recent weeks. The outlet previously caught the president’s criticism when it published an inaccurate story about his Thanksgiving plans.

Newsweek fired the writer, Jessica Kwong, behind that story. While the details are unclear, Kwong pushed back on the perception that the story was entirely her fault.

Kwong filed the story on Wednesday, well before Trump would surprise the public with a visit to Afghanistan.

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“The next day, [writer Jessica] Kwong reached out to the editor on duty and relayed the president’s latest actions, after which the story was published,” according to the Washington Examiner. “When the president’s trip to Afghanistan was announced, that editor then decided to assign another reporter to write a new story about it but neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”

The editor involved has been demoted.

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For Trump, Instinct After Florida Killings Is Simple: Protect Saudis

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When a Saudi Air Force officer opened fire on his classmates at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday, he killed three, wounded eight and exposed anew the strange dynamic between President Trump and the Saudi leadership: The president’s first instinct was to tamp down any suggestion that the Saudi government needed to be held to account.

Hours later, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that he had received a condolence call from King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who clearly sought to ensure that the episode did not further fracture their relationship. On Saturday, leaving the White House for a trip here for a Republican fund-raiser and a speech on Israeli-American relations, Mr. Trump told reporters that “they are devastated in Saudi Arabia,” noting that “the king will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones.” He never used the word “terrorism.”

What was missing was any assurance that the Saudis would aid in the investigation, help identify the suspect’s motives, or answer the many questions about the vetting process for a coveted slot at one of the country’s premier schools for training allied officers. Or, more broadly, why the United States continues to train members of the Saudi military even as that same military faces credible accusations of repeated human rights abuses in Yemen, including the dropping of munitions that maximize civilian casualties.

“The attack is a disaster for an already deeply strained relationship,” Bruce Riedel, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and a former C.I.A. officer who has dealt with generations of Saudi leaders, said on Saturday. It “focuses attention on Americans training Saudi Air Force officers who are engaged in numerous bombings of innocents in Yemen, which is the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world,” he said, noting that the Trump administration had long been fighting Congress as it seeks to end American support for that war.

But even stranger, said Mr. Riedel, was “the president’s parroting of the Saudi line” before learning the results of an investigation into whether the gunman acted alone, or had allegiances to Al Qaeda or terrorist groups.

For the White House, the calculus is simple: Saudi Arabia is not only critical to world oil supplies — though no longer critical to the United States’ — it is the only regional power able to counter Iran. The result, former members of the Trump administration say, has been a dismissal of any critiques that could weaken that bond.

Mr. Trump was so quick and so eager to assure the Saudis that the relationship would continue before anyone knew how to categorize the shooting that it raised questions about how the administration would have responded if the suspect had been an Iranian, or an immigrant from Mexico. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump often cited the killing of a young woman in California by an undocumented immigrant as a reason to crack down on immigration and build a wall along the southern border.

“Had an attack been carried out by any country on his Muslim ban, his reaction would have been very different,” said Aaron David Miller, a longtime Middle East negotiator and now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“But when it comes to Saudi, the default position is to defend,” he said, “Driven by oil, money, weapons sales, a good deal of Saudi feting and flattery, Trump has created a virtually impenetrable zone of immunity for Saudi Arabia.”

It was hardly the first time Mr. Trump had shown such tendencies. After the brutal killing in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident and a legal American resident, Mr. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played down American intelligence findings that closely tied Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to the matter. The findings suggested he had connections to the members of the hit team sent to Turkey — and almost certainly played a role in ordering them to bring Mr. Khashoggi back to the country by force.

Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Pompeo’s initial promises to follow the evidence wherever it led dissipated. Over the past year, Mr. Pompeo has expressed deep annoyance whenever the topic is raised. The United States was awaiting the results of a Saudi investigation, he often said, as if he expected that to offer a full accounting. And he told members of Congress that no matter the truth of what unfolded, the relationship between the kingdom and Washington was too important to be held hostage to one vicious, ill-thought-out act.

No American assessment of what the Saudi leadership knew has ever been made public.

Before the shooting on Friday, the White House was already fighting efforts in Congress to cut military aid to the Saudis, a reflection of anger over the Khashoggi murder and continuing war in Yemen. But the Pensacola attack underlined the continuing instinct to protect the relationship.

“If Trump wants to convey condolences from Saudi King Salman, fine,” Mr. Miller wrote on Twitter after the shooting. “But you don’t do it on day — Americans are killed — untethered from a message of ironclad assurances from King to provide” whatever cooperation is necessary to understand the gunman and his motives. “Otherwise Trump sounds like what he has become — a Saudi apologist.’’

After Mr. Pompeo announced that he had spoken with the Saudi foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, about the shooting, Martin Indyk, a former American ambassador to Israel and longtime Middle East negotiator, tweeted: “Isn’t it interesting how quick Trump and Pompeo are to broadcast Saudi government condolences for the murder of three Americans and how slow they were to criticize the Saudi government’s murder” of Mr. Khashoggi.

Still, the bond between the countries is weakening, as the erosion of support in Congress shows. A negotiation over providing nuclear technology to the Saudis, a huge push early in the administration, has stalled. The chances that the military support will remain at current levels appear slim.

“The U.S.-Saudi relationship is on life support,” Mr. Riedel said, noting that it would be in jeopardy if a Democrat were to win the 2020 election. “Even Joe Biden is calling the Kingdom a ‘pariah’ that needs to be punished,” he said, referring to the former vice president, who had for decades supported a strong relationship with the Saudis.

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New York man eats Art Basel banana that sold for $120G

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Remember the banana duct-taped to a wall and labeled “art” that sold for $120,000? On Saturday, a New York man walked up to the art installation and ate the banana.

The banana art, titled “Comedian,” was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It a part of Emmanuel Perrotin’s outer gallery wall at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The piece sold for $120,000 to a French art collector.

Around 1:45 p.m. in front of a convention center full of art lovers, New York-based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana, gallery representatives told the Miami Herald.

He called it “Hungry Artist.”

A dismayed Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at Perrotin Gallery, frantically told Datuna, “But you’re not supposed to touch the art!”

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The gallery reported the incident to security, but Datuna slipped away.

Lucien Terras, director of museum relations, said the work was still salvageable.

The work came with a Certificate of Authenticity, and a disclaimer that owners may replace the banana as needed.

“He did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” Terras said. Apparently the collectors are buying the certificate — the banana is not made to last.

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“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras added. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”

Perrotin, the gallery owner, was on his way to the airport when he heard the banana had been eaten. Immediately enraged, he turned around and headed back to the gallery. One of the gallery viewers tried to cheer him up by handing him another banana.

Perrotin and a gallery assistant taped the new banana back to the wall.

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“It’s not about the piece. It’s an art performance. Maurizio Cattelan, I love him. One artist eats another artist. It’s fun,” Datuna told the New York Post about eating the banana.

Cattelan was the artist behind the 18-karat gold toilet named “America” that was widely touted as anti-Trump art. It was on display in a public restroom in the Guggenheim in New York City in 2016.

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Esper: Reports claiming additional US troops being sent to Middle East are ‘false’

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Saturday that reports saying as many as 14,000 additional troops would be heading to the Middle East to counter Iran are “false.”

Esper sat down with Fox News’ Bret Baier at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, to discuss threats from the Middle East, China, North Korea and other parts of the world, and the U.S. military’s readiness to tackle such threats.

“Those are false reports,” Esper said of the media’s coverage this week that the U.S. was considering sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East. “I don’t know where they came from.”

“We’ve deployed 14,000 troops since May of this year. But right now, I’m not looking at any major deployments coming up in the region,” Esper said when Baier asked if additional troops would be sent to the Middle East.

“That said, on a day-to-day basis, we monitor what’s happening in the Middle East, on the Korean Peninsula, in the European theater, all over the world. And we make adjustments to our forces up or down based on what the needs of the commander are. And that happens again, routinely. That’s just what we do,” Esper continued.

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Esper said that the14,000 troops deployed since May came just before Iranians were seizing or trying to disable ships in the Strait of Hormuz, when Iran allegedly bombed Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, and when the U.S. had to shoot down an Iranian drone. He said he deployed some additional forces a month or so later, but since that time “we haven’t seen that level of activity.”

However, Esper did concede that the threat from Iran to the U.S. is increasing.

“Given what’s happening in the streets of Iran these days, you see a regime under stress. It’s a good thing that the Iranian people are also seeking the prosperity, the liberty, the freedoms that we enjoy in this country, “ Esper said.

“So, you see a regime increasingly under stress. I think we need to be prepared for any contingency,” he said.

Two defense officials told Fox News this week that the Pentagon is considering a plan to add up to 7,000 additional forces to the Middle East to counter an increasing threat from Iran.

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Recent reports have found that Iranian forces may have killed more than 1,000 protesters. The demonstrations began after the government, amidst economic discontent, raised the price of gasoline by 50 percent.

Baier asked Esper if he saw any evidence of missiles going into Iraq from Iran, which could threaten U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.

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Esper said he would not comment on anything “in terms of intelligence,” but there had been reports about rockets being fired at American forces on bases in Iraq.

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