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Ancient bubonic plague outbreak might have been exaggerated, study shows

An ancient outbreak of bubonic plague that’s been said to have upended the world order was actually pretty tame, researchers say.

Although some scholars have said the Justinianic plague helped trigger major global events such as Islam’s rise and the emergence of modern Europe, a group of scientists believe the outbreak didn’t cause enough deaths to have done so.

According to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by environmental historian Lee Mordechai and his colleagues, several new types of archaeological evidence do not support the notion that the Justinianic plague was a world-altering event.

“Support for the claim that the Justinianic plague was a watershed event in the ancient world is just not there,” the study’s coauthor Merle Eisenberg, an environmental historian at the University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, said in a statement to Science News.

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A sixth century Eurasian plague, depicted in this painting as suddenly striking the Italian man on the left, was not as deadly as many scholars have assumed. (Josse Lieferinxe/Walters Art Museum (CC0))

ROYAL DYNASTY FACIAL DEFORMITY WAS CAUSED BY INBREEDING, SCIENTISTS SAY

The Justinianic outbreak was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which scholars believe originated in Central Asia, and primarily afflicted the Eastern Roman Empire. It took place from around 541 to 544, with some reoccurrences until around 750.

However, early historical texts and stone inscriptions from Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean contain few plague references, according to the scientists’ investigation.

In addition, Science News reported that archaeological finds from two Mediterranean sites indicate that coin circulation remained stable in the 540s, while written sources show that Roman legislation did not decline after the 541 outbreak.

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The Justinianic plague probably struck some densely populated areas, but “the idea that it was a blanket catastrophe affecting all parts of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Central and Western European worlds needs to be rethought,” Princeton University’s John Haldon, a historian of ancient Europe and the Mediterranean who did not contribute to the new research, explained to Science News.

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Nine more women accuse Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse dating back to 1985

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Nine more women have come forward with claims that they were sexually abused by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, with one accuser saying she was just 13 when the abuse began.

The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan on Tuesday, alleges incidents of sexual abuse between 1985 and 2007. The accusers are listed as Jane Doe I through Jane Doe IX and their claim is against Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, the executors of Epstein’s estate, which is valued at $577 million.

Last month, Indyke and Kahn asked a U.S. Virgin Islands judge to establish a victim’s compensation fund which they said would allow Epstein’s accusers to proceed with “a confidential, non-adversarial alternative to litigation.”

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Jordan Merson, a lawyer for the nine women, told Fox News that the was open to a fund “that has the goal in mind of asset allocation and not asset preservation … If the idea is, ‘We are going to give each of these women a little bit of money and make sure that it’s OK,’ that is unacceptable. All of my clients have been severely injured. Horrible mental issues that they live with on a daily basis as a result of what this man did to them.”

Merson said the suit “has been planned for months.”

“These clients felt better filing a lawsuit together,” he said. “They were all part of the same scheme. They have the right to file together. Some of these women knew each other.”

Seven of the accusers claim that “Epstein and his associates sexually assaulted, abused and battered” them. Six say they were raped, and two of those say the abuse happened “repeatedly.”

The earliest allegation against Epstein, made by Jane Doe II, dates from 1985 when she was 23 years old. Another allegation, made by Jane Doe I, dates from 1990 when she was 14 years old. The other seven accusers say their abuse by Epstein started between 2000 and 2007. Two of those accusers, Jane Doe III and Jane Doe IV, were 13 and 15 years old, respectively, when they met Epstein. The other five were between 19 and 22 years old.

More than a dozen other women already have brought claims against Epstein’s estate.

The lawsuit was filed one day after alleged victim Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, detailed claims she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions nearly 20 years ago.

The interview with Giuffre, broadcast on BBC Panorama, painted a detailed portrait of how Epstein abused dozens of young women at his luxury properties in the Caribbean and New York. Giuffre, now 35, detailed a sexual encounter with Andrew at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s on-again-off-again lover who has also been described as a purveyor of underage girls.

“There was a bath,” she said. “It started there, then went into the bedroom. It didn’t last very long, the whole procedure. It was disgusting. … He got up and he said ‘Thanks’. I sat there in bed, just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty.”

In a statement provided to Fox News, Buckingham Palace reiterated Andrew’s previous denial of Roberts’ allegations.

“It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

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Epstein died Aug. 10 after being found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death has been ruled a suicide.

U.S. officials are still looking into the case, and more civil lawsuits against Epstein’s estate are in progress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Impeachable Offenses Trump Won’t Be Impeached For

The House Judiciary Committee will begin the process of writing articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

At a hearing that day, legal scholars will provide the definition of impeachable offenses and explain that impeachable acts need not be written in the criminal code, but are instead “political offences” against the state. You’ll hear that the Constitution’s authors described impeachment as necessary to stop a president who would “betray his trust to foreign powers,” engage in a scheme “corrupting his electors” or “pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression.”

These scholars are expected to offer a historical and legal definition of an impeachable act that clearly covers Trump’s effort to coerce Ukraine to aid his reelection campaign. But they’ll probably also provide ample argument that some of Trump’s other, most egregious acts in office could warrant impeachment on their own.

Obstructing Robert Mueller’s Investigation

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Don McGahn, former White House counsel, testified that he refused an order from Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Special counsel Robert Mueller detailed multiple acts the president committed to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But Mueller claimed that Congress was the only constitutionally legitimate body to judge Trump’s acts, as the Department of Justice forbade the criminal prosecution of a sitting president. 

The White House has since blocked testimony from former and current officials subpoenaed by Congress to testify about these alleged acts of obstruction of justice. Key among those officials is former White House counsel Don McGahn.

McGahn’s testimony would be important, as he testified to the special counsel that he refused Trump’s order to fire Mueller. Trump then reportedly ordered McGahn to falsify documents so he could claim that he never ordered Mueller’s firing after the press reported the incident.

One count of impeachment against President Richard Nixon covered his obstruction of justice by “interfering or endeavoring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees,” and, “approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counselling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements.”

Congressional efforts to obtain McGahn’s testimony are still stuck in the courts. A district court judge ruled against the Trump administration’s move to block the testimony in November, but the administration has appealed the ruling.

Getting Rich(er) Off His Office

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ASSOCIATED PRESS The president tried to get the U.S. government to host the G-7 summit at his Trump National Doral resort before changing his mind.

When Trump took office, he became the first president in the modern era to refuse to divest from his business. That meant that he would be able to be paid directly or provided other legal, monetary benefits like copyrights from governments. The Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids any federal officeholder from receiving gifts, titles or benefits from governments, foreign and domestic, aside from a salary.

Trump’s apparent refusal to abide by the emoluments clause since taking office has prompted ongoing lawsuits, House Democrats’ passage of legislation to enforce the clause, and limited calls for an article of impeachment to cover Trump’s blanket acceptance of benefits and payments from the U.S. and foreign governments.

But the act that most clearly looks impeachable among Trump’s emoluments violations is his effort to get the federal government to use his struggling Trump National Doral Miami Resort for the upcoming 2020 summit of the Group of Seven nations.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced that the G-7 summit would take place at the president’s resort on Oct. 17. He claimed that Trump would not be “making any money off of this.” But two days later, Trump reversed his decision, blaming the media and Democrats when it was actually an outcry by congressional Republicans that forced the reversal.

What would be revealed later was that Doral was never on the original list of sites considered by the Secret Service for the G-7 summit. Instead, it was added very late in the review process on direction from the president, according to a Washington Post report based on Secret Service documents.

Based on the known facts, this was apparently an effort by Trump to use his office to pump money into a flagging property he owns. It’s not the only example, either. The House Oversight Committee continues to investigate odd Air Force refueling stops in Scotland that led some crew members to stay at Trump’s Turnberry Resort.

War Crimes 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Trump pardoned Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher (pictured) and two Army officers for war crimes charges.

Trump ran for president in 2016 on a platform calling for the United States military to commit more war crimes. He fulfilled his support for war crimes on Nov. 15 when he issued pardons for two Army officers convicted of war crimes and one Navy SEAL standing trial for war crimes. 

It’s not just that Trump has endorsed war crimes by way of pardon; he also says the U.S. military is committing them in Syria right now.

After initially claiming that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria altogether, Trump later claimed that the military had occupied oil fields for the U.S. to steal. This is a war crime, according to countless international agreements, as Slate pointed out at the time.

“We’ve secured the oil and, therefore, a small number of U.S. troops will remain in the area,” Trump said at a press conference in October after U.S. troops withdrew from the Turkey-Syria border to allow the Turkish military to attack Syrian Kurds. “Where they have the oil. And we’re going to be protecting it, and we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.”

What Else?

These are just the known deeds Trump has committed that could rise to the level of impeachable offenses, as scholars will argue with regard to his dealings with Ukraine.

But for Trump, a fabulist who built his fame and fortune on a series of sometimes-criminal frauds, there is always an array of acts that could be impeachable if investigated further. 

Is Trump’s policy regarding Turkey solely motivated by his personal financial interests, as former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly suggested? Did Trump interfere in the Pentagon bidding process to prevent Amazon from receiving a massive contract? Did he intervene in the bidding process to help a Republican Party donor win a contract related to the U.S.-Mexico border wall?

Perhaps the constitutional scholars could provide some additional insight into what else the president may have done that the Constitution’s authors would want no part of.

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25 Baltimore corrections officers indicted, accused of excessive force and gang activity, state attorney says

More than two dozen Baltimore corrections officers were indicted Tuesday on at least 200 charges that they used excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city, authorities said.

The 25 indicted officers are accused of threatening and assaulting detainees at correctional facilities, as well as tampering with evidence and falsifying documents, said Maryland State Attorney Marlilyn Mosby, whose office secured the indictments.

The charges also include conspiracy to promote and maintain a criminal organization by unlawful means, participation and conspiracy to participate in a criminal gang, and other misconduct charges, according to Fox Baltimore.

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Mosby during a news conference said the indictments were the result of a “long-term investigation” after “allegations of force and intimidation.”

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Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby spoke during a news conference announcing the indictment of correctional officers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

She said that “seemingly isolated incidents dating back to 2016″ led to the discovery of “multiple examples of excessive force used against detainees in different facilities, which ultimately led to the discovery of a criminal enterprise,” among other accusations.

Mosby said 21 of the 25 officers were taken into custody on Tuesday. They were members of a tactical unit with a paramilitary command structure and were operating inside four Baltimore detention facilities.

Mosby said the officers used violence and intimidation to “maintain its dominance and its operational territory” inside the jails.

The indicted officers face a total of 236 counts and have been on administrative leave since 2018, when the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services began investigating allegations, according to Maryland Corrections Secretary Robert Green.

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“This case represents our strong effort to root out people who don’t belong in the field where public safety and rehabilitation is the mission,” Green told reporters. “This is a disturbing case, but it does not represent nor should it cast a shadow on the commitment and integrity of the exceptional correctional professionals in this department.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement that with the latest round of indictments, anti-corruption efforts have led to the convictions of more than 200 officers, inmates and citizen accomplices.

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“Our correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of public safety, and we will not let the criminal behavior of the few tarnish the great work of the nearly 5,000 dedicated officers who serve with distinction every single day,” Hogan said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech

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SAN FRANCISCO — Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Stanford graduate students who founded Google over two decades ago, are stepping down from executive roles at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, they announced on Tuesday.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, will become the chief of both Google and Alphabet.

The move is an end of an era for Google. Mr. Page and Mr. Brin have personified the company since its founding and have been two of the technology industry’s most influential figures, on a par with the founders of Apple and Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Their early work on the Google search engine helped corral an unruly cloud of information on the World Wide Web. And their ideas about how to run an internet company — like offering generous employee perks like free shuttle buses to the office and making rank-and-file employees feel as though they have a stake in the company — became a standard for Silicon Valley.

Mr. Page and Mr. Brin took a lesser role in day-to-day operations in 2015 when they turned Google into Alphabet, a holding company that includes the self-driving car company Waymo under its umbrella.

Since then, they have spent more time overseeing a variety of so-called other bets, like life-extension technology, while Mr. Pichai ran Google and its enormous search and advertising business. The business has continued to grow and Alphabet is among the most valuable companies in the world, but the internet giant is entering one of the most turbulent periods in its history, with antitrust scrutiny, employee walkouts and growing public skepticism of its power.

Mr. Page and Mr. Brin, who are both 46, will remain directors on Alphabet’s board and the company’s two largest individual shareholders. They retain a majority of the company’s voting shares, which will give them effective control over the board and ensure they still have a say over the company’s future.

“Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost,” the founders wrote in a public letter on Tuesday. “While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it’s time to assume the role of proud parents — offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!”

The move confirms the ascendancy of Mr. Pichai, who is 47, as one of tech’s most powerful people. While he has run the core Google business for four years, he has still reported to Mr. Page, Alphabet’s chief executive, and Mr. Brin, its president.

Now he is the sole executive in charge of a company that has giant businesses in search, advertising, maps, smartphone software and online video, as well as a variety of fledgling bets in far-off areas like drone deliveries and internet-beaming balloons.

In recent years, Mr. Page and Mr. Brin seemed to have lost interest in running the company they founded. The reorganization into a holding company was in part intended to address that. While Mr. Pichai took the reins of the often messy business of Google, Mr. Page and Mr. Brin would focus on what were effectively science projects.

Mr. Brin moved his desk for a time to X, the so-called moonshot lab where engineers worked on projects that were likely to fail — but had big potential if they didn’t. Mr. Page was rarely a presence on Google’s campus and was working on long-shot technology problems and personal side projects like his flying-car start-up, Kitty Hawk.

They have largely disappeared from public view, at least as company representatives. Despite being the chief of one of the world’s most valuable public companies, Mr. Page did not speak on Alphabet’s quarterly earnings calls, appear for congressional testimony like other tech executives over the last year, or sit for interviews with journalists.

One of Mr. Brin’s few on-the-record comments to journalists in recent years came at San Francisco International Airport when he was protesting President Trump’s immigration policy. He told reporters he was there as a private citizen.

While Mr. Page and Mr. Brin had been a regular presence at weekly all-staff meetings in Google’s early years, they had all but stopped appearing over the last year.

One of Mr. Page’s last appearances at the company meeting was last year when he apologized to employees for his handling of the departure of Andy Rubin, a former senior executive who received a $90 million payout after the company deemed sexual harassment claims against him credible. In June, Mr. Page surprised investors and employees when he did not attend Alphabet’s shareholder meeting.

In recent years, the freewheeling work culture promoted by Mr. Page and Mr. Brin has run into trouble. Employees have staged public protests over the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims against executives, its treatment of contract workers and its work with the Defense Department, federal border agencies and the Chinese government.

The soft-spoken Mr. Pichai has been reluctant to confront the protests head-on, but he has quietly cracked down on employee unrest. Google has halted the weekly company meetings and placed restrictions on what employees can discuss on message boards.

Though working at Google is becoming more like working at other giant companies, Mr. Page and Mr. Brin’s interests and styles — like focusing on passion projects and math jokes — have become part of Silicon Valley iconography.

While other tech titans like Mr. Jobs and Mr. Gates were known for their sometimes brash and mercurial leadership styles, Mr. Page and Mr. Brin were low-key and cerebral. But not always. Mr. Brin sky-dived for a company event that introduced one of the company’s most disappointing products, the Google Glass wearable device. He was often was spotted riding an elliptical bike to work.

That idiosyncratic style, that “Googliness,” became something company managers were told to look for in applicants.

Mr. Page and Mr. Brin are among the few tech company founders who have walked away from day-to-day roles at the company they created and that made them billionaires. Mr. Gates did something similar when he handed the chief executive role at Microsoft to Steve Ballmer in 2000, during his company’s long antitrust fight with the Justice Department.

While Google is now gearing up for its own antitrust fight, with investigations into its power in Congress, the Justice Department and nearly every state, there are notable differences with Microsoft.

When Mr. Ballmer took over as chief executive there in 2000, the company had just been found to have repeatedly violated the nation’s antitrust laws in a landmark case brought by the Justice Department. Mr. Pichai is still unsure what he faces from regulators and lawmakers. The scrutiny includes Google’s dominant market share in internet search and how it competes with smaller rivals in the digital-ad business.

“For Google, it is still to be determined just what it is facing on the antitrust front,” said David Readerman, a longtime technology analyst and portfolio manager at Endurance Capital Partners. “But that is a clear and present risk.”

In their letter on Tuesday, Mr. Page and Mr. Brin said they would remain committed to the company “for the long term, and will remain actively involved as board members, shareholders and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!”

Whatever they decide to do, they will have no trouble funding it. Mr. Page is worth about $58.9 billion and Mr. Brin is worth about $56.8 billion, the sixth- and seventh-richest people in the world, according to Forbes.

Steve Lohr contributed reporting from New York.

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Kim Petras Has No Time For Westboro Baptist Church’s Transphobia

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Kim Petras went full-on diva after learning that members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its vehement opposition to LGBTQ rights, were staging a protest this past weekend ahead of her concert in Kansas City, Missouri. 

On Saturday, the German-born pop star shared a short video on Instagram that featured snippets of her music videos set to Famous Dex’s 2016 hit, “Hoes Mad.”

Calling the clip her “official statement” on the Westboro Baptist Church picketing her show, Petras wrote, “This is the energy i’m bringing n it should be yours too.”

And when members of the church appeared outside the concert venue on Sunday, Petras went a step further. 

The singer, who is transgender, cheekily appeared on the sidewalk in front of the group, waving the peace sign while striking poses in a high-cut black bodysuit, fishnet tights and high-heeled boots.

Capturing the moment for posterity on Instagram, she wrote, “Update. hoes still mad.” 

The image garnered applause from a clutch of other stars and media personalities, including Demi Lovato, Christian Siriano and Charli XCX. 

“This is holy to me,” YouTube personality, activist and author Tyler Oakley wrote in the comments on Petras’ post. Katy Perry simply branded the singer an “icon.” 

Last month, a photo of Petras was used in four billboards not far from the Westboro Baptist Church’s home base in Topeka, Kansas. The billboards were apparently created as a response to the church’s anti-LGBTQ views.

Though Petras didn’t authorize that use of her image, she told ET Canada that she didn’t have an issue with it.

“I really have no problem outraging people, especially ignorant people, and just kind of shoving it in their face that I exist and that it’s OK,” the 27-year-old said. “I just imagine little gay and trans kids growing up around there and how tough it must be.”

Speaking to HuffPost last year, Petras opened up about her passion for LGBTQ advocacy work, while stressing that she had no interest in using her identity “as a tool.” 

“I’ve never written a song specifically about being transgender. It made me the person I am and that’s a big part of me, but I think music is about your feelings and your fantasies and it goes deeper than your gender or your sexuality,” she said.

“I really fell in love with music and I hope that people can see me for my music and all of the things that I am,” Petras added. 

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Josh Brolin Tries ‘Perineum Sunning’ And Burns His ‘Pucker Hole’

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Actor Josh Brolin has a message for today’s youth: Tanning your taint isn’t a good idea.

The actor learned that hard lesson a few days ago after he engaged in “perineum sunning,” a new trend in which people expose the area between the anus and the sex organs to the sun, according to the New York Post.

One practitioner, who calls herself Metaphysical Meagan, claims that perineum sunning can regulate hormones as well as sleep patterns.

The man who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the Post story and decided to try it out.

It wasn’t such a hot idea, he admitted on Instagram this weekend, and he hopes others don’t make the same mistake:

“Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did.

“My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.

“I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously.”

New York-based dermatologist Jeremy Fenton isn’t surprised Brolin feels a little burned by the experience.

“This area is vulnerable for two reasons,” Fenton told Yahoo. “Number one, it is an area that has not received much sun exposure in most people, thus it would be lacking in the body’s normal response to sun exposure that protects it from future sunburn, such as producing pigment. Number two, it is sensitive skin to begin with, so any burn in that area may be more significant and more uncomfortable.”

Fenton warns people who insist on baring their buns to the sun that they could increase their chance of getting a sunburn.

“There is some evidence to suggest that the genitals may be more susceptible to skin cancer than other areas of the body,” Fenton said. “A skin cancer developing in this area may be more difficult to detect because people don’t regularly view this area on themselves.”

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Key Takeaways From House Intelligence Committee’s Impeachment Report

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released a 300-page impeachment report on Tuesday accusing President Trump of trying to enlist Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election and obstructing the congressional inquiry by trying to cover it up.

The committee released the report on the eve of a public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee as the panel begins considering whether to draft articles of impeachment that could lead to a Senate trial and Mr. Trump’s removal from office.

Here are five takeaways from the report.

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Democrats on three House committees on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump.

The “Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” was a sweeping indictment of Mr. Trump’s behavior, concluding that the president orchestrated a “scheme” to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats, while withholding nearly $400 million in military assistance and a White House meeting.

The report, written in narrative form, laid out the testimony of witnesses who came before the panel in public and private. It asserts that the president’s actions “subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential re-election campaign.”

The report accuses Mr. Trump of what it calls an “unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry,” saying he denied documents to Congress and tried to block State Department diplomats and White House officials from testifying.

The president’s categorical refusal to cooperate with the investigation or comply with demands for documents violated the law, the report said. It accused the president of engaging in “a brazen effort to publicly attack and intimidate” witnesses.

“The damage to our system of checks and balances, and to the balance of power within our three branches of government, will be long-lasting and potentially irrevocable if the president’s ability to stonewall Congress goes unchecked,” the report concluded.

The report stopped short of explicitly calling for the president’s impeachment and removal from office. But Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, made it clear he viewed the document as a road map to impeachment for the House.

“The founding fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment,” the report said.

Mr. Schiff, in a preface to the report, warned that the clash between the two parties about Mr. Trump’s actions reflects the kind of factionalism that the country’s founders believed would be dangerous to the republic.

“Today, we may be witnessing a collision between the power of a remedy meant to curb presidential misconduct and the power of faction determined to defend against the use of that remedy on a president of the same party,” Mr. Schiff wrote.

The report largely recounts information already made public during testimony from administration officials. But it also indicated that Democrats have collected more raw evidence than previously known, including call records produced by AT&T and Verizon showing a series of phone calls between Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and his associates and several government officials.

The calls came as Mr. Giuliani was executing a smear campaign against the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and pressing Ukraine to begin investigations that would benefit Mr. Trump. The records show calls between Mr. Giuliani and others, including Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Schiff said that the call records showed “considerable coordination among the parties, including the White House — coordination in the smear campaign against Ambassador Yovanovitch.”

Mr. Schiff declined to say whether he believed Mr. Nunes should recuse himself from the remainder of the inquiry, but suggested the records were not flattering.

“It is deeply concerning that at a time that the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity,” he said.

The release of the report largely concludes the investigation by the Intelligence Committee and moves the impeachment inquiry into a new phase led by the House Judiciary Committee, which plans to hold its first hearing on Wednesday.

That hearing will include four legal scholars for a discussion about the constitutional standards for impeachment. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has said the hearing will also focus on whether Mr. Trump’s behavior rises to the level of those standards.

A second hearing is expected to provide a forum for Intelligence Committee lawyers to formally present their report to the Judiciary Committee members. And a third hearing could offer Mr. Trump or his lawyers the opportunity to defend himself, though the White House counsel has so far indicated that he is unlikely to take part in what they deem an unfair process.

If a majority of the House voted to approve articles of impeachment, which would be drafted by the Judiciary Committee, the president would be impeached. The proceedings would move to the Senate for a trial. Two-thirds of senators would have to vote to convict Mr. Trump to end his presidency.

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Pennsylvania teen posts TikTok video moments after car accident with friends

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A Pittsburgh teenager has gone viral after filming and then posting a video of her and friends just moments after the car they were driving in crashed and flipped over.

In the video, originally posted on the social media platform TikTok, Katie Cornetti is seen mouthing the words to an unidentified song as she pans the camera to her friends and the busted windshield.

Days later, Cornetti continued to joke about the accident, in which she and her friends suffered no injuries aside from a bruised lip from her phone hitting her face.

In a separate video, Cornetti and her friend Marissa apparently re-enact them flipping over during the crash.

“Me and Marissa flipping the [sic] over twice and the police thinking we died,” she said.

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Cornetti said she decided to record the video, which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Twitter, as a way to “cope” with the otherwise terrifying experience.

“While we were sitting there … waiting for the police to come, for some reason in my mind I was like, I should make a TikTok, why not, I have nothing better to do,” Cornetti told Buzzfeed News. “I picked the first song and made a random TikTok.”

“That was the first thing that came to mind… to do that,” she added. “It really was scary… But we decided, let’s do this to get our minds off of it, and honestly it helped a lot.”

Many online, however, didn’t find the viral video to be so funny.

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“It’s all fun and games til the insurance company sees this video,” one Twitter user commented.

“Yeah let’s promote being irresponsible,” another person said.

Another Twitter user added, “This is sad how people will do literally anything to get just a few minutes of exposure. Willing to risk their life.”

“Seriously what’s wrong with people,” another person said.

Still, Cornetti is taking all the negative comments in stride.

“The comments are not really bothering me ’cause who does make a TikTok after a car crash?” she said. “We are perfectly fine, we got really lucky.”

“There was not much we could do to make anything better, so that’s what we decided to do,” Cornetti added. “Literally the week before I got into a small car accident [and] I was freaking out and crying — that was not the best way to cope with anything.”

Cornetti admitted that social media can be distracting, but said, in this case, it helped them “get out of the real world for a second and helped us calm down. I would never have said that before this.”

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As for her parents’ reaction to the viral video, she said: “No one’s really mad; we all have it as a joke.”

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Al Green on impeachment support: Martin Luther King ‘didn’t march on Washington because of polls’

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Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, an early proponent of impeaching President Trump, said he hoped more Republican lawmakers would be on board with the current inquiry but added that past leaders didn’t check public polling before acting on their beliefs.

Green told Neil Cavuto on “Your World” the impeachment inquiry could go beyond the allegations involving Ukraine, with congressional leaders looking at possible charges of abuse of power and “obstruction” of the House probe.

Cavuto asked Green for his thoughts on continuing with impeachment despite no House Republican support. The host also referenced votes by Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn, and Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., against the initial impeachment proceeding.

“I would like for it to be bipartisan,” Green responded before adding that he believes the situation shows that “moral imperative trumps political expediency.”

“You do this because Dr. King was right. He said: ‘The time is always right to do that which is right’.”

Green said King did not “wait on polls” to decide whether or not to march on Washington, D.C. in support of civil rights.

“Rosa Parks didn’t take her seat on a bus because of polls,” Green continued, going on to reference Rep. John Lewis’, D-Ga., participation in the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Alabama in favor of African-American voting rights.

“John Lewis didn’t cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge because of polls,” Green said. “We have to do things because it is right, even if it is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.”

Green also compared Trump to former President Andrew Johnson, a Tennessee Democrat who was impeached in 1868.

“This president is quite similar to that president,” he said. “Andrew Johnson was impeached for his… incitive behavior.”

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During the interview, Cavuto asked Green if Trump should be considered to be engaging in obstructive behavior if he deems the House proceedings to be unfair and that of a “kangaroo court.”

“The president is entitled to characterize things as he chooses,” Green responded. “He often mischaracterizes things, and that would be a mischaracterization. I think the House has a duty to do this.”

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