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British man, wife abducted in Philippines home, police say

A 70-year-old British man and his Filipino wife were abducted by at least four gunmen from their beach resort home in the Philippines last Friday, police and military officials said.

Police Cpl. Jairus delos Reyes said the suspects, who were armed with pistols, took Allan Hyrons and his wife, Wilma, from a hut in their resort at nightfall and dragged them into two motorboats in Tukuran, in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Several young men in a nearby bar witnessed the abduction.

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Allan Hyrons and his wife, Wilma, were abducted from their beachside home last Friday, police said. (Twitter)

Police spokesperson Maj Helen Galvez told The Guardian two of the suspects had checked into the coastal resort a day before the abduction.

Allan, who had dual citizenship and lived in the province since 2013, reportedly owned several businesses with his wife including two schools and the resort.

AMERICAN WOMAN DETAINED IN PHILIPPINES AFTER AIRPORT FINDS 6-YEAR-OLD BABY IN HER CARRY-ON

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest abduction in the south, where kidnappings for ransom by Muslim militants and other armed groups have long been a security concern and have discouraged tourism, trade, and investment.

Military offensives against ransom-seeking militant groups such as Abu Sayyaf have reduced abductions in recent years, but they have continued to take place.

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Investigators said they also were trying to verify the reported abductions of three Indonesian fishermen last week off Malaysia’s Sabah state on northern Borneo, near the sea border with the southern Philippines, where Abu Sayyaf gunmen have staged kidnappings in the past.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Dorian stunner: Bahamas dog survives in rubble for weeks, rescuers say

A special little pup that was trapped for weeks in the rubble of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas miraculously survived, rescuers said, earning the animal a new nickname, “Miracle.”

Using infrared technology on a drone, Big Dog Ranch’s search and rescue team managed to find the dog buried under an air-conditioning unit in Marsh Harbour, on the Abaco Islands, after it was trapped for over three weeks, WPTV reported.

“What an incredible story that we were able to discover this dog alive after being trapped for so long,” Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and President Lauree Simmons said.

28 WILD HORSES KILLED IN HURRICANE DORIAN ‘MINI TSUNAMI’ OFF NORTH CAROLINA COAST

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Volunteer Sean Irion as he pulled “Miracle” from the air-conditioning unit and building debris in Marsh Harbour. (Big Dog Ranch Rescue)

Another dog that was trapped with Miracle did not survive.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue, an animal-rescue service based in Loxahatchee Groves, Fla., reportedly has saved 138 dogs from the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian tore through the area in September, reuniting many of those animals with their owners. Once detecting a heat signature, rescue teams said they could work through the rubble to reach the missing canines.

When Big Dog crews received information regarding the whereabouts of “Miracle” on Friday at 9:30 a.m., they texted Simmons requesting a plane, which ended up being there within the hour, she told the outlet.

They decided to name the lucky dog “Miracle” because “it’s truly a miracle that he survived this long on his own,” Simmons said.

HURRICANE DORIAN VICTIMS REUNITE WITH THEIR BELOVED PETS WEEKS AFTER STORM

She said a veterinarian gave “Miracle” fluids and small amounts of food before the dog was cleared to head back to the United States.

Simmons added that many dogs remained trapped because they’re too fearful to come out due to heavy equipment in the cleanup areas.

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“I want everybody to know the crisis [in the Bahamas] is not over,” Simmons told WPTV.

“Hopefully, we can find his owners. If not, we’ll find him a wonderful home,” she added.

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Former Reagan Official Blasts Modern-Day Republicans: ‘It’s Like The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’

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I just posted this elsewhere but it fits as a reply to you as well.

This is from the Iran-Contra Wikipedia page – congressional committee investigation section. I think it’s worth reading for those of us who weren’t around to see this scandal play out 30+ years ago.

In January 1987, Congress announced it was opening an investigation into the Iran–Contra affair. Depending upon one’s political perspective, the Congressional investigation into the Iran–Contra affair was either an attempt by the legislative arm to gain control over an out-of-control executive arm, a partisan “witch hunt” by the Democrats against a Republican administration or a feeble effort by Congress that did far too little to rein in the “imperial presidency” that had run amok by breaking numerous laws.

It’s worth noting that our current AG – Bill Barr – advised President Bush Sr. to pardon those indicted in the scandal. Bush didn’t acknowledge the scandal and they essentially got away with a cover up – at least to their supporters.

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Iraqi security forces accused of firing on anti-government protesters as death toll mounts

At least seven anti-government demonstrators were killed in Iraq Sunday amid ongoing clashes between protesters and security forces that have left more than 100 dead and thousands wounded.

Iraq’s government has scrambled to contain the anger that has gripped Baghdad and other southern cities since Tuesday.

Security forces have responded by cracking down on rallies of demonstrators demanding jobs, better services and an end to corruption.

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Iraqi security forces firing tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who set fires during a demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday. (AP)

Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan on Sunday said 104 people had been killed in the six days of unrest, including eight members of the security forces, and more than 6,000 wounded.

The unrest has been seen as the most serious challenge facing Iraq two years after its victories against Islamic State militants. The chaos also has come at a critical time for the government, which has been caught in the middle of increasing tensions in the region between the U.S. and Iran.

Maan said protesters have burned 51 public buildings and eight political party headquarters. He claimed security forces didn’t confront the protesters, adding that “malicious hands” were behind targeting protesters and security members alike.

But, his account contradicted statements from demonstrators and journalists at the scene who said they witnessed security forces firing on demonstrators.

IRAQI LINGUIST, NOW US SOLDIER, RECALLS 7,474-MILE JOURNEY OF AMERICAN FLAG BURIED IN IRAQ FOR 11 YEARS

Late Saturday, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced measures designed to appease the protesters, including paying out unemployment benefits and providing subsidized housing and land for low-income groups.

“I am ready to go wherever our brotherly protesters are and meet them or send them envoys to other locations without any armed forces,” he said. “I will go and meet them without weapons and sit with them for hours to listen to their demands.”

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Iraqi Army troops deployed at a site of protests in Baghdad on Sunday. (AP)

Still, demonstrators took to the streets again Sunday — although in smaller numbers. Hundreds gathered on side streets near Sadr City, a Baghdad suburb some 2.5 miles from Tahrir Square, which has been the destination of the weeklong rallies.

A medical official in a hospital and a security official said seven protesters were killed and 17 others wounded as they tried to break through a security cordon to head to the city center.

Security forces have beefed up their presence in central Baghdad, deploying as far as Sadr City to seal off Tahrir Square.

Army troops blocked a main road Sunday to prevent the protesters from advancing. Soldiers fired toward the protesters to push them back. After about an hour, more intense gunfire was reported, with soldiers firing over the heads of protesters as they tried to advance.

IRAN PREPARES FOR CYBERWAR AMID RISING TENSIONS, BOASTS THOUSANDS OF CYBERBATTALIONS

As the gunfire continued, protesters set tires on fire. Some demonstrators arrived in rickshaws which have been used to carry the wounded from the bloody clashes.

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The U.N. envoy for Iraq appealed for an end to the violence and called for holding to account those responsible. “This must stop. I call on all parties to pause and reflect,” Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert tweeted Saturday.

Earlier Sunday, Baghdad’s streets had been mostly quiet and traffic thin while students made it to schools and government employees returned to work. But, burned tires and debris littered thoroughfares while security remained heavily deployed in neighborhoods.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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House Dems believe they have enough votes to pass articles of impeachment, senior member says

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House Democrats believe they have the 217 votes needed to pass articles of impeachment against President Trump stemming from his Ukraine call — enough votes to impeach Trump and send articles to the Senate — even before their planned hearings or formal investigation.

A senior member of the House Democratic Caucus told Fox News on Sunday it’s unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will give in to the president’s demand for an “inquiry vote.”

The source said that while leadership hasn’t officially whipped or nose-counted a vote to “impeach,” they believed the numbers were there based on the 227 votes already on record for an inquiry and were working under that assumption.

When asked what could stop the process, the source said it was unclear but the caucus couldn’t rule out the idea of “cold feet” among some Democrats,

SECOND TRUMP-UKRAINE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT BEING CONSIDERED: REPORT

The House currently has 433 members: 235 Democrats, 197 Republicans and one Independent. A bill must be passed by a simple majority, requiring at least 217 votes.

Even if 18 Democrats vote against the articles, the majority party could still have enough votes to pass impeachment.

Independent Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan has said he could vote in favor of impeachment, which meant Democrats could lose 19 votes and still pass impeachment articles.

At least 25 Democrats in the House have indicated publicly they would vote to impeach Trump. Separately, at least 227 House Democrats publicly have supported opening an impeachment inquiry into the president.

In 1998, the House of Representatives approved two of four articles of impeachment against then-President Bill Clinton, sending them to the Senate where they were defeated.

Democrats could vote differently on various impeachment articles against Trump, were they to be brought forth.

UKRAINE CALL TRANSCRIPT SHOWS TRUMP SOUGHT BIDEN PROBE, ASKED ABOUT DNC SERVER — BUT MADE NO MENTION OF US AID

Many Democrats in Congress have supported the formal impeachment inquiry, which was launched last month following an intelligence community member’s whistleblower complaint alleging President Trump partook in a “quid pro quo” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during their July 25 call.

The whistleblower accused Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” claiming he used $400 million in military aid as leverage to push officials in Ukraine to launch an investigation into potential 2020 challenger Joe Biden and his son Hunter, along with their business dealings in Ukraine.

TRUMP FIRES BROADSIDE AT ‘PILLAGING’ BIDENS, CLAIMS UKRAINE PUSH WAS ONLY ABOUT ‘CORRUPTION’

President Trump has forcefully denied the allegations, saying his call with the Ukrainian president was “perfect.”

memorandum of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky was released last month. It showed that while Trump sought a Ukrainian probe into the Biden family over corruption, he did not explicitly connect the aid to that effort.

Trump has said the impeachment inquiry was “another witch hunt” by the “Do Nothing Democrats.”

Reports on Saturday of a second whistleblower who might have “more direct information” on the July 25 call prompted Trump to defend his actions again, saying a “great scam” was being revealed.

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“The first so-called second-hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second-hand info. Meet with [House Intelligence Chairman Adam] Shifty. Keep them coming,” Trump tweeted Saturday night.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Stephen Scarola contributed to this report.

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Biden calls Trump ‘unhinged’ as president lashes out on Twitter

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Former Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at President Trump on Sunday, calling him “unhinged” amid Trump’s response to the impeachment inquiry and the president’s own allegations of wrongdoing by Biden and his son.

Speaking at a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) summit, the 2020 presidential primary contender continued his strategy of pushing back against Trump’s allegations and what his campaign has called the president’s “unprecedented abuse of power.”

“Have you ever seen — rhetorical question — a president ever so unhinged as this guy is?” the Democrat asked Sunday.

While Biden and Trump have been at odds long before the former vice president entered the 2020 presidential race, the animosity between the two has heated following the whistleblower complaint that claimed Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, and threatened to withhold military aid if the Ukrainians did not follow through.

TRUMP FIRES BROADSIDE AT ‘PILLAGING’ BIDENS, CLAIMS UKRAINE PUSH WAS ONLY ABOUT ‘CORRUPTION’

Trump has accused Hunter Biden of improper activity related to his business dealings with energy company Burisma Holdings and claimed his father used his office to pressure the Ukrainian government into firing top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma.

The former vice president has acknowledged publicly that he pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin but denied it had any relation to his son’s business dealings in the country. Biden said his actions were in line with pressure from other foreign leaders to fire the prosecutor.

“We weren’t pressing Ukraine to get rid of a tough prosecutor. We were pursuing Ukraine to replace a weak prosecutor who wouldn’t do the job,” Biden said this past Wednesday of an Obama administration policy supported by other Western governments that viewed Shokin as incompetent or perhaps corrupt.

The U.S. also had support internationally for its opposition to Shokin. Ukrainian officials, including Shokin’s successor, have said since that the Bidens were never implicated in any wrongdoing.

Biden’s “unhinged” comment came amid a challenging weekend for the Trump administration as reports emerged that a second whistleblower – this one with firsthand knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky – has spoken to the intelligence community’s inspector general.

The first whistleblower was subjected to criticism from Trump and his supporters based on an apparent lack of direct knowledge of the president’s conversation with Zelensky, as well as what Trump has called an inaccurate description of the call.

The new whistleblower also faced the ire of Trump, who has been even more active on social media over the weekend than normal. Targets of his social-media attacks included House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

“The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another “Whistleblower” is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info, Trump tweeted. “Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!”

Biden held a nine-point advantage over Trump in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin, according to a Fox News poll out Sunday.

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Biden bested Trump by nine points (48-39 percent) and had the only lead outside the poll’s margin of error. Bernie Sanders was up by five points over Trump (45-40) and Elizabeth Warren had a four-point edge (45-41). In each case, the remaining 13-14 percent of undecided/third-party voters was enough to shift the race either way.

Trump received 41 percent support or less in each of the matchups — well below the 47 percent he received when he won Wisconsin in 2016. At the same time, none of the Democrats hit 50 percent.

Fox News’ Dana Blanton, Adam Shaw and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report. 

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House Dems believe they have enough votes to pass articles of impeachment, senior member says

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House Democrats believe they have the 217 votes needed to pass articles of impeachment against President Trump stemming from his Ukraine call — enough votes to impeach Trump and send articles to the Senate — even before their planned hearings or formal investigation.

A senior member of the House Democratic Caucus told Fox News on Sunday it’s unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will give in to the president’s demand for an “inquiry vote.”

The source said that while leadership hasn’t officially whipped or nose-counted a vote to “impeach,” they believed the numbers were there based on the 227 votes already on record for an inquiry and were working under that assumption.

When asked what could stop the process, the source said it was unclear but the caucus couldn’t rule out the idea of “cold feet” among some Democrats,

SECOND TRUMP-UKRAINE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT BEING CONSIDERED: REPORT

The House currently has 433 members: 235 Democrats, 197 Republicans and one Independent. A bill must be passed by a simple majority, requiring at least 217 votes.

Even if 18 Democrats vote against the articles, the majority party could still have enough votes to pass impeachment.

Independent Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan has said he could vote in favor of impeachment, which meant Democrats could lose 19 votes and still pass impeachment articles.

At least 25 Democrats in the House have indicated publicly they would vote to impeach Trump. Separately, at least 227 House Democrats publicly have supported opening an impeachment inquiry into the president.

In 1998, the House of Representatives approved two of four articles of impeachment against then-President Bill Clinton, sending them to the Senate where they were defeated.

Democrats could vote differently on various impeachment articles against Trump, were they to be brought forth.

UKRAINE CALL TRANSCRIPT SHOWS TRUMP SOUGHT BIDEN PROBE, ASKED ABOUT DNC SERVER — BUT MADE NO MENTION OF US AID

Many Democrats in Congress have supported the formal impeachment inquiry, which was launched last month following an intelligence community member’s whistleblower complaint alleging President Trump partook in a “quid pro quo” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during their July 25 call.

The whistleblower accused Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” claiming he used $400 million in military aid as leverage to push officials in Ukraine to launch an investigation into potential 2020 challenger Joe Biden and his son Hunter, along with their business dealings in Ukraine.

TRUMP FIRES BROADSIDE AT ‘PILLAGING’ BIDENS, CLAIMS UKRAINE PUSH WAS ONLY ABOUT ‘CORRUPTION’

President Trump has forcefully denied the allegations, saying his call with the Ukrainian president was “perfect.”

memorandum of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky was released last month. It showed that while Trump sought a Ukrainian probe into the Biden family over corruption, he did not explicitly connect the aid to that effort.

Trump has said the impeachment inquiry was “another witch hunt” by the “Do Nothing Democrats.”

Reports on Saturday of a second whistleblower who might have “more direct information” on the July 25 call prompted Trump to defend his actions again, saying a “great scam” was being revealed.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“The first so-called second-hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second-hand info. Meet with [House Intelligence Chairman Adam] Shifty. Keep them coming,” Trump tweeted Saturday night.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Stephen Scarola contributed to this report.

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Homeless man charged with 4 counts of murder after killing spree in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood

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Four homeless men were found beaten to death in Manhattan early Saturday morning in what police are calling a random attack. Wochit, Wochit

A homeless man with a history of violent crime was charged Sunday with several counts of murder and another one of attempted murder in connection with the brutal weekend attacks that left four homeless men dead in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City.

Police said Randy Rodriguez Santos, 24, bludgeoned the victims with a metal rod while they were sleeping. The men were found with similar head injuries in three sections of Chinatown early Saturday morning and pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth one survived and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The assaults left blood splattered on the doorways and sidewalks where the men had been sleeping, including The Bowery, long known as a nighttime sleeping area for homeless people.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez Santos was shown video of the assaults during an interrogation and acknowledged he was the person in the video. He did not enter a plea at his arraignment Sunday and was ordered held without bail.

Police responded to a 911 call just before 2 a.m. as one assault was in progress. They found one man dead in the street and a second with critical head injuries.

Two witnesses told officers they saw a man wearing black pants and a black jacket repeatedly hitting one of the victims in the head with a metal object, Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes said.

After a search, officers apprehended Rodriguez Santos, who fit that description and was carrying a metal bar that prosecutors said was covered in blood and hair. 

Police said he has undergone a psychiatric evaluation. Rodriguez Santos has been arrested at least six other times in the past two years, three times on assault charges.

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His mother, Fioraliza Rodriguez, told the Daily News her son had become such a menace, hitting her and his grandfather, that she kicked him out of the house more than three years ago.

Relatives told the newspaper that Rodriguez Santos started using drugs upon arriving in New York from his native Dominican Republic four years ago, then became violent and stole from the family.

Still, his mother didn’t expect his violence to escalate to this extent.

“I never thought he would kill someone,” she said. “I was afraid of him, though, because he punched me. That’s when I told him to get out of my house.”

Police have not released information on the victims other than to say one of them was an 83-year-old man.

Michael Baldassano, chief of Manhattan South detectives, said there’s no clear reason for the killing rampage.

“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” Baldassano said, adding there was no evidence yet that the victims were “targeted by race, age, anything of that nature.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Steelers QB Mason Rudolph carried off after suffering concussion on hit from Ravens

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Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph left Sunday’s game when he appeared to be knocked out cold against the Baltimore Ravens.

With 7:39 to play in the third quarter, Rudolph broke the pocket and went left as he looked downfield to make a throw. Right after he threw a pass to receiver James Washington, Ravens linebacker Matt Judon hit Rudolph from behind, but safety Earl Thomas came from the front to sandwich the quarterback while striking him on the side of the cheek area with his helmet.

Rudolph instantly went down and his body appeared to go limp as his helmet slammed into the turf. Rudolph lay on the ground motionless while teammates immediately called for Pittsburgh’s medical staff to come and tend to Rudolph.

After a few minutes, Rudolph eventually appeared to regain consciousness and sat up. He eventually walked off the field very slowly, with assistance from teammates and medical staff.

Rudolph was later diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for the remainder of the game. The team said he was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges out of Samford entered the game in Rudolph’s place. He completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards and ran twice for 20 yards, but the Steelers fell to the Ravens 26-23 in overtime.

Rudolph took over as Pittsburgh’s quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury to his right arm during the team’s second game. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown before exiting.

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New Nissan Pay Problems Point to Conflicts at the Top

TOKYO — An outside law firm investigating problems at Nissan, the troubled Japanese automaker, this summer discovered some potentially explosive information.

Hari Nada, a powerful Nissan insider who was behind the ouster last year of Nissan’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, over compensation issues, had been improperly overpaid himself, the firm found. A second insider involved in the corporate coup was responsible, the firm said, and had briefed Mr. Nada on what he had done.

A senior Nissan compliance officer planned to share the findings with the company’s board of directors, according to people familiar with the situation.

But the full board never heard the details of the findings, according to people who attended the board’s last meeting on Sept. 9. Moments after the meeting ended, Nissan issued a statement that cleared an unnamed group of executives of misconduct.

In the weeks after the law firm delivered its findings, Nissan sidelined two senior in-house lawyers who had handled issues of misconduct at the company, including the one who hired the outside law firm, according to people briefed on the moves. Both had warned Nissan executives that Mr. Nada had continued influencing inquiries into the company’s problems, these people said, even after recusing himself to avoid conflicts of interest.

The series of events, most of which have not been previously disclosed, paint a picture of a major global automaker hobbled by distrust and deep conflicts of interest among top executives. Nearly one year after Mr. Ghosn was arrested by the Japanese authorities, shaking the global auto industry, Nissan remains riven by corporate intrigue that has left members of its own board and Renault of France, which owns a 43 percent stake in the Japanese company, in the dark. The automaker has also reported a deep plunge in profits as sales have plummeted and announced plans to lay off as many as 12,500 employees worldwide.

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Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman, center, arrives at Tokyo District Court for a hearing in May. Nearly a year after his arrest, the automaker remains riven by corporate intrigue.CreditRen Onuma/Kyodo News, via Associated Press

The findings from the outside law firm, which were reviewed by The New York Times, could also raise questions about the credibility of crucial witnesses against Mr. Ghosn, who has been charged with trying to conceal his pay level from regulators, among other charges, and Greg Kelly, a former senior Nissan executive charged with helping him. Both men say they are innocent.

Nissan said that the executives whose pay issues came to light after Mr. Ghosn’s ouster were “unaware that improper methods were used” to increase their compensation and that there was “no reason to suspect” that they broke the law. A Nissan spokeswoman said the company possessed a more recent version of the findings from the outside law firm, but Nissan declined to make that version available.

Christina Murray, then the head of Nissan’s internal audit and compliance offices, hired the law firm, Anderson Mori and Tomotsune, this past summer. Ms. Murray had been leading an examination into misconduct at the company since last year. In late August, the firm delivered a report on its findings addressed to Ms. Murray.

Hari Nada, the head of Nissan’s legal department and security office. An outside law firm found that he had been improperly overpaid.CreditNissan Motor Co.

Mr. Nada, the head of Nissan’s legal department and security office, had in 2017 received about $280,000 in “unjust enrichment,” the firm found.

The Nissan spokeswoman said that the more recent version of the law firm’s findings had included a different, lower amount for Mr. Nada’s overpayment. Nissan declined to release further details or to explain the discrepancy. “As the investigation progressed, updates were made,” it said.

Toshiaki Onuma, a senior Nissan administrator, changed the payout dates for stock-based compensation, the firm found, improperly increasing pay for Mr. Nada and others. The firm did not say why Mr. Onuma changed the dates.

Both Mr. Nada and Mr. Onuma were deeply involved in Mr. Ghosn’s fall and are widely expected to be central witnesses in his trial. The two have struck cooperation agreements with Japanese prosecutors, according to Mr. Ghosn’s lawyers and Nissan documents reviewed by the Times. Japanese prosecutors have not made details of the agreements public.

It is not clear what happened to the law firm’s findings after it delivered its report. But shortly after, Motoo Nagai, a Nissan director who heads the company’s audit committee, told Ms. Murray that she could no longer participate in any investigations involving Mr. Nada, according to an email reviewed by the Times. She subsequently resigned. Her last day in the office was Aug. 30, and she officially left the company on Sept. 9. She had planned to present the results of her yearlong investigation to the full board that day, said the people familiar with the plans.

Mr. Nagai has told reporters that Ms. Murray had been contemplating resigning since July and that the timing was coincidental. The company has said she resigned for personal reasons.

The board’s meeting on Sept. 9 focused on Hiroto Saikawa, Mr. Ghosn’s successor as chief executive. The board unanimously asked for his resignation, and he resigned that day. He had admitted earlier that month that he received about $440,000 in improper share-based compensation. Mr. Saikawa said he had not realized that the overpayment was “against the rules” and vowed to return the money.

But some directors at the meeting demanded more information about the compensation of other executives and were growing frustrated with a lack of it, said people who were there. Days before, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Nada had received overpayments, without specifying the amount or how. Jean-Dominique Senard, the chairman of Nissan’s French partner, Renault, and other board members asked why they were learning about top executives’ pay issues from media reports.

In its statement, Nissan said the law firm’s findings had been “reflected” in a broader report shared with the board after the meeting. But that broader report named only directors, not executives, who received improper compensation, according to people aware of its contents. It did not identify the executives, like Mr. Nada, who received that compensation nor say how much they received or how they received it, the people said. Some members of the board were not aware that the firm had been hired, they said.

Hiroto Saikawa, the chief executive of Nissan, at a news conference in September announcing his resignation. He had admitted earlier that he received about $440,000 in improper share-based compensation.CreditKimimasa Mayama/EPA, via Shutterstock Members of Nissan’s board, from left, Keiko Ihara, Yasushi Kimura, Masakazu Toyoda and Motoo Nagai at a news conference after their meeting on Sept. 9. The board voted unanimously that day to accept Mr. Saikawa’s resignation.CreditKyodo, via Associated Press Images

When the board meeting ended, Nissan released a statement that said that in addition to Mr. Saikawa six other directors and executives, whom it did not identify, had received extra compensation. Nissan added that they had been unaware of the “improper methods used” to increase their pay.

The findings by Anderson Mori and Tomotsune said five executives and directors, including Mr. Nada, were overpaid. It is not clear whether the six cited by Nissan overlapped with the five named by the law firm. Nissan declined to discuss their identities, citing privacy issues.

Mr. Onuma told the firm’s investigators that he had “explicitly explained” to Mr. Nada that he had changed the date for stock-based compensation to increase Mr. Nada’s pay, according to the law firm’s report. Investigators also cited an email to Mr. Nada that they said showed Mr. Onuma explaining the change.

The law firm said it was unable to verify what Mr. Onuma said because Mr. Nada refused to be interviewed.

Mr. Nada refused to talk to the law firm unless Mr. Nagai was present and given full authority over the interview, as well as its results. The law firm called Mr. Nada’s demands “unusual and inappropriate” and left the question of how to proceed with Mr. Nagai.

In a statement, Nissan said that “all subjects of the investigation were interviewed appropriately” by Anderson Mori and Tomotsune. It declined to provide further details.

The firm also found that Mr. Onuma had adjusted the compensation of Itaru Koeda, a former Nissan director, by about $93,000, and the compensation of Arun Bajaj, a former executive in Nissan’s human resources department, by $46,000. The men said they were unaware of Mr. Onuma’s actions, the firm said.

The law firm wrote that overpayments to two other executives, including Asako Hoshino, Nissan’s most senior female executive, were “relatively innocent” and resulted from what appeared to be miscommunication.

Asako Hoshino, an executive vice president at Nissan, is the company’s most senior female executive.  CreditChristopher Jue/European Pressphoto Agency

As investigators inside and outside Nissan have explored the problems with how the company is run, people within both the Japanese company and Renault have begun to focus on Mr. Nada’s role within the company. He has remained the head of Nissan’s legal department despite his cooperation agreement with prosecutors and his role as a potential witness in Mr. Ghosn’s trial. Some within Nissan and its board see this as a troubling conflict of interest, say people familiar with the concerns.

Mr. Nada recused himself in April from matters involving investigations at the top, according to people familiar with the situation. But, they said, Mr. Nada has continued to use his position and a team of loyal employees to influence those matters directly and indirectly.

Ms. Murray, the former compliance chief, repeatedly expressed concerns over what she described as Mr. Nada’s continued influence over the investigations and related legal matters, according to people she spoke with and emails reviewed by the Times.

Nissan’s internal and outside legal advisers have also questioned Mr. Nada’s role within the company.

During the Sept. 9 board meeting, six of the board’s seven independent directors — everyone except Mr. Nagai — were given a letter written by a senior Nissan lawyer, Ravinder Passi, with a legal memo attached, that outlined potential conflicts of interest within Nissan’s top ranks. Mr. Passi’s letter was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The memo, which was reviewed by the Times, had been commissioned by Mr. Passi and written by two outside law firms, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, based in New York, and a Japanese firm, Mori Hamada and Matsumoto. It said executives involved in Mr. Ghosn’s alleged wrongdoing “should not be involved in decision making” related to those accusations. It also cited deals struck by Mr. Nada and Mr. Onuma with prosecutors to cooperate in their case against Mr. Ghosn in exchange for immunity from criminal liability.

The memo was dated July 23. In his Sept. 9 letter to the six outside directors, Mr. Passi said he had shared the memo on July 25 with Mr. Nagai, the chairman of the board’s audit committee. Mr. Passi wrote he had not been able to find out whether board members had seen the memo but felt “duty bound” to bring it to their attention.

Since July, Mr. Passi said in his letter, the problem of conflicts of interest within the company’s top ranks had “become more acute.”

Shortly after the board meeting, Mr. Nada wrote in an email to the company’s legal department that Mr. Passi would no longer handle any legal matters related to the Ghosn investigation. Instead, Kathryn Carlisle, one of Mr. Nada’s former assistants, would take over, said the email, which was reviewed by the Times.

That surprised some board members and Nissan employees who saw Ms. Carlisle as loyal to Mr. Nada, said people familiar with their thinking. In its statement, Nissan said Mr. Passi had been removed from those matters because of potential conflicts of interest. It did not specify the conflicts.

In his email, Mr. Nada said the legal team should make arrangements to brief Ms. Carlisle on related issues “as soon as possible.” The email ended, “Best regards, Hari.”

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