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New Jersey salon owners plan to reopen June 1 despite governor’s order: ‘It’s come to a breaking point’

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New Jersey salon owner said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that hundreds of salons in the state plan to reopen on June 1, despite the governor’s executive order, because their businesses are at “a breaking point.”

“There has been such a huge disconnect in communication and there are so many small businesses, not just the beauty industry, they’re at the end of their rope,” said Jack Panico, the owner of Panico Salon and Spa in Ridgewood.

Panico is one of more than 1,000 salon owners who came together to craft their own plans for reopening.

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled what he called a three-stage blueprint to reopen the economy from the COVID-19 shutdown, but gave no timeline on when stages would advance. He did, however, say moving from more restrictive practices in stage one to stage two would be a “matter of weeks.”

Murphy has already eased some restrictions in New Jersey, including opening parks and golf courses along with the state’s beaches, but salon owners have not been told when they can reopen.

Panico said salon owners have been crafting plans to reopen “for a long time.”

“We’ve been working with the protocols, putting things together when this first happened, all the manufacturers, the salon leaders, the whole beauty industry has been working very hard since this happened putting protocols together because there was really no communication,” he said.

Panico went on to say that “dates kept being postponed and postponed and postponed and other states have been opening and opening.”

He explained that after the last postponement salon owners set their own date of reopening on June 1.

This month, more than a dozen states, including Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, eased strict lockdown measures that shuttered businesses and brought the daily lives of millions of Americans to a halt for weeks.

“We are following the other states that opened up,” Panico said.

He noted that “we can keep our people safe and in a sanitized environment because we’re changing the way we run our businesses.” He said that one change will include getting rid of waiting areas.

Panico stressed that the more than 1,000 salon owners who plan to reopen next month are a “peaceful group” and “want to work with the government.”

“We want to engage with the governor. We have been trying so hard,” he said.

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Panico noted that salon owners in the state have been trying to communicate with the governor and local leaders through emails, text messages and phone calls, but “it just seems like we’re talking to deaf ears.”

When Fox News reached out for comment, Murphy’s office pointed to an April 27 quote saying, “In order to restore economic health, we must first promote public health. Restarting New Jersey’s economy… will be done methodically, strategically and responsibly.”

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New Jersey is one of the hardest-hit states with 155,764 coronavirus cases and more than 11,000 deaths as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Fox News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Miranda Devine: Top NY politicians should cut their pay and ‘feel the pain’ like everyone else

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New York Post columnist Miranda Devine argued on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that top-earning officials in New York should “share in the pain and hardship that people have suffered from losing their jobs and their businesses” and take a pay cut amid the economic fallout triggered by the new coronavirus.

“They just think their protected jobs and lifestyles are going to go on forever and they can’t,” Devine said on Wednesday.

“It’s not as if they do a good job anyway and the state capital has been basically shuttered for the last two months so they haven’t been doing anything. They’ve been on a glorious paid holiday.”

In a new op-ed, the New York Post editorial board wrote, “Some 2 million workers across New York have lost their jobs; countless businesses are dying and even top executives have been taking pay cuts.

“New York is looking at unprecedented fiscal bleeding — quite possibly worse than the 1970s crisis. Decision-makers, especially ones like the legislators who aren’t even making any decisions, ought to shoulder some of the burden.”

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When New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio was asked by a reporter during a news briefing on Tuesday if he and the other high paid members of the administration will be taking pay cuts amid the pandemic he said, “[There are] no plans for pay cuts for any New York City employees right now, whether its City Hall or any place else.”

“These people, they don’t share in the real economy. They are protected from it,” Devine said, adding that: “They live in la la land.”

She went on to say that “They have their protected jobs and what they don’t really understand, they make these decisions from their ivory towers that have drastic consequences on other people who live in the unprotected economy with unprotected jobs and I think it’s about time that they feel the pain, that they feel what everyone else does, the reality.”

Host Brian Kilmeade noted some of the salaries for public officials in New York including de Blasio, who makes $258,000 a year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo who makes $225,000 and the Chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY), who makes $670,000 a year.

“If you’re earning $600,000 a year and Governor Cuomo is saying in April in the budget that everything is going to have to take a 20 percent slash, well then someone on $600,000 a year who is really not doing that much should be taking a 20 percent cut at least,” Devine said. “There are some arguments that it should be 50 percent.”

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Earlier this month, Cuomo said New York needs $61 billion in federal support “or we will wind up aggravating the situation” by forcing cuts to local governments, schools and even hospitals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mark Cuban calls for new stimulus payments to families, says PPP loans created ‘zombie companies’

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Billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has created “zombie companies” and proposed additional stimulus payments to families to jumpstart the economy.

America’s Newsroom” host Ed Henry brought up Cuban’s stimulus idea, which would give American families $1,000 every other week for two months. The money would have to be spent quickly as a way to stimulate the economy.

Cuban elaborated on the idea saying that the money would be put on a “direct express type debit card … and after ten days the government can decide to just credit it back, so if it’s not used, you lose it.”

Cuban, who is part of President Trump’s advisory group on reopening economy, added that Americans would be able to “spend it on whatever they want.”

The PPP, which is part of the more than $2 trillion legislative package approved by Congress in March, was designed to get cash in the hands of struggling small businesses and incentivize them to keep staff on payroll, or re-hire workers who have already been laid off. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for forgivable loans under the program.

In the legislative package, Congress also provided $250 billion to extend unemployment insurance to more workers, and lengthen the duration to 39 weeks, up from the normal 26 weeks. The provision allowed for an extra $600 to be provided a week for four months to those losing their jobs amid the crisis.

On Thursday, the Labor Department reported that for the week ending May 16, more than 2.4 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment, pushing the nine-week total of losses since states directed residents to stay at home and required nonessential businesses to temporarily close to nearly 39 million.

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Henry brought up the fact that he has interviewed several business owners who said they can’t actually use the PPP money on payroll because people aren’t coming back to work given they are receiving “more generous unemployment benefits.”

He then asked Cuban, “How do you add that to the mix here when you say you want to hand out more money?”

“You are exactly right,” the star of the reality show “Shark Tank” said in response.

Cuban then explained that the PPP funds were approved in late March but the “money didn’t get to those companies until weeks later,” so layoffs took place anyway. He said now there is a “catch-22 situation” where former employees are earning more money on unemployment than they did in their previous job.

He noted that the more generous unemployment benefits are set to end on July 31.

“What I want to do is create a stimulus to enhance demand,” Cuban explained. “Two-thirds of the economy is demand-driven so by stimulating demand, you give those companies a reason and the ability to bring those employees back once that unemployment runs out, so that the timing’s right.”

He then said “zombie companies” received PPP money, adding that “they can’t afford to bring people back because they’re either closed or their demand is lower or the pay requirements for the people they laid off are so much higher now so they’re stuck in the middle, not sure what to do.”

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Cuban went on to say that his stimulus plan “creates demand that coincides with the ending of the unemployment stimulus so that that gives them the ability and the reason to bring them [employees] back.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Judge Napolitano on challenge to Illinois lockdown: Individuals decide what is essential, not the government

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano emphatically stated Tuesday that “individuals should decide what’s essential” — not the government — after the Department of Justice intervened last week in an Illinois case challenging the state’s stay-at-home order.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” Napolitano pointed out that “this is the first time that the federal government, through the Department of Justice, has gotten involved in litigation against a state governor.”

On Friday, the DOJ filed a statement of interest in support of a lawsuit by state lawmaker Rep. Darren Bailey, who has sought to challenge Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker‘s stay-at-home restrictions — challenging whether he can keep the restrictions in place longer than the 30 days allowed by state law.

Napolitano said that “the litigation was commenced by a Republican member of the state legislature who points out that Illinois law limits the governor’s emergency authorities to 30 days with no provision for beyond 30 days unless he goes to the legislature.”

Napolitano noted that Pritzker did not go to the legislature, “he went to a committee of the legislature, which isn’t the legislature.” He added that the committee was “filled with his own allies and that committee authorized him to extend his 30-day authority.”

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The DOJ said: “According to the lawsuit, the Governor’s actions are not authorized by state law, as they extend beyond the 30-day time period imposed by the Illinois legislature for the Governor’s exercise of emergency powers granted under the Act.”

Pritzker has defended his orders, and has criticized Bailey for taking the legal action.

“It’s insulting. It’s dangerous and people’s safety and health have now been put at risk,” Pritzker said, according to the Associated Press. “There may be people who contract coronavirus as a result of what Darren Bailey has done.”

“Bottom line, the governor is in virgin legal territory,” Napolitano said on Tuesday, adding that “this has never happened in the state of Illinois and this is the first time the Justice Department is starting to get involved.”

He then said that it should not be up to the Department of Justice or the governor to decide what is essential, rather individuals should make that decision.

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“To a short-order cook, a luncheonette is essential. To a barber, a barbershop is essential. To a retail clerk, a clothing store is essential,” Napolitano said.

“This is what happens when the government takes away our liberties and tries to make decisions that we, for 231 years in America as free people, have been making for ourselves.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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NY Times on Memorial Day Weekend: US Military celebrates white supremacism

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As Americans reeling from coronavirus stay-at-home orders struggle to celebrate the nation’s heroes on Memorial Day, The New York Times published an editorial over the weekend that claims the U.S. military celebrates white supremacy.

On Sunday, The New York Times Editorial Board published the piece titled “Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?” The editorial made the argument that it’s time to rename military bases after “American heroes, not racist traitors.”

The New York Times editorial board wrote that “the federal government embraced pillars of the white supremacist movement when it named military bases in the South.”

The editorial listed Fort Benning, Ga., as an example, noting that the military base honored Henry Lewis Benning, a Confederate general “who devoted himself to the premise that African-Americans were not really human and could never be trusted with full citizenship.”

The editorial pointed to Benning’s “now-famous speech in 1861” during which “he told secession conventioneers in Virginia that his native state of Georgia had left the union for one reason — to ‘prevent the abolition of her slavery.’”

The editorial board noted that Benning’s statements “strongly resemble that of present-day white supremacists — and reference the race war theme put forward by the young racist who murdered nine African-Americans in Charleston five years ago.”

In 2017, Dylann Roof was formally sentenced to death for the church massacre in Charleston, S.C., two years before.

The editorial also pointed to another Georgia base named after a Confederate general, John Brown Gordon, writing that by naming the base after him, “the federal government venerated a man who was a leader of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War and who may have taken on a broader role in the terrorist organization when its first national leader — a former Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forrest — suffered declining health.”

The New York Times editorial board referenced comments made by an Army spokesman who told TIME in 2015 there was no need to remove Confederate base names because the “historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies.”

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The editorial board then laid out the “problems” with that argument, writing that “these men were traitors” and that “the names represent not only oppression before and during the Civil War, but also state-sponsored bigotry after it.”

“Bases named for men who sought to destroy the Union in the name of racial injustice are an insult to the ideals servicemen and women are sworn to uphold — and an embarrassing artifact of the time when the military itself embraced anti-American values,” the editorial continued. “It is long past time for those bases to be renamed.”

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A Pentagon spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Rep. Biggs: FBI Director Wray opening internal review into how bureau handled Flynn case is ‘long overdue’

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Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs said on Sunday that he thinks “it’s long overdue,” reacting to the FBI’s announcement two days before that Director Chris Wray has ordered an internal review of the handling of the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The investigation will include examining whether current FBI employees “engaged in misconduct.”

“I don’t know why this didn’t happen a long, long time ago,” Biggs said during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” adding that the fact that  the internal review is only currently happening adds “to the suspicion that some people have now of Christopher Wray.”

This development comes just weeks after the Justice Department moved to drop its case against Flynn as internal memos were released raising questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI — and specifically about the early 2017 interview that led to that plea.

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The bureau said the “after-action review” will have a two-fold purpose: evaluating the FBI’s role in the case and determining whether any “current employees engaged in misconduct,” as well as identifying whether any “improvements” might be warranted to FBI procedures.

“It’s really hard for me to get why now, when this thing started three years ago,” Biggs, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday.

“All I can say is that the revelations that have come out finally, that show clearly that there was evidence that tended to exonerate Michael Flynn that was suppressed and you see all kinds of misconduct now coming out publicly that we in Congress had known about, maybe that’s put the pressure on him [Wray],” he went on to explain.

Biggs called the internal review “a good move.”

“When we start talking about this and take a look at it, we know that they’ve suppressed evidence and documents from Congress, from Michael Flynn’s attorneys … they were under court order to disclose it,” Biggs said. “The law requires that they disclose it.”

He went on to say that “we also know that this investigation of Flynn itself was started for political purpose and we’ve seen documents come out recently because of that and this hasn’t been because of Christopher Wray … this is because of the inspector general looking at him and this other pressure that’s been put on him.”

Biggs pointed out that the timing of the internal review is “what’s most dubious.”

“The action itself is appropriate, but should have been done a long time ago,” he said.

When asked if he thinks there will be any accountability that will come from the internal review he said, “I would hope so.”

He noted that “we haven’t seen any so far.”

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Former Acting AG Whitaker speaks to Judge Sullivan’s orders in Flynn case

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Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reacted on “Sunday Morning Futures” to a federal appeals court directing the judge hearing the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to respond to a petition by Flynn for the charges against him to be thrown out.

“There is no discretion of Judge [Emmet] Sullivan to not dismiss the case once the Department of Justice has decided to no longer pursue those charges,” Whitaker said in an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I think ultimately it’s going to be a strange proceeding when the appeals court gets their filing from the judge, trying to defend his actions.”

He went on to say that “the case will be dismissed and the charges will no longer be held against him [Flynn].”

Flynn’s attorney last week had filed an emergency writ of mandamus to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking that the prosecution against Flynn be dismissed as the Justice Department has requested, and for Judge Sullivan to be taken off the case.

The order issued Thursday directs Sullivan to file a response by June 1, and invited the government to respond “in its discretion within the same 10-day period.”

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Writs of mandamus are extraordinary remedies, which are appropriate when there has been a “usurpation of judicial power” that is “clear and indisputable.”

Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell has argued that the judge did exactly that when he refused the DOJ’s request and instead appointed a retired judge to argue against the position held by the DOJ and to consider if Flynn should be held in contempt for perjury.

“These writs of mandamus are a big deal because essentially it is telling someone to do their job, a public official, and when the court of appeals accepted the motion from General Flynn’s counsel to compel the judge to dismiss the case, that’s an extraordinary move,” Whitaker said.

“And so to have a district court judge have to respond to an appellate court, I can’t think of another example where a judge has had to directly do that.”

The DOJ dropped the case after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation into Flynn.

When the Justice Department requested Sullivan dismiss the case, he announced that he would permit outside parties to weigh in and appointed Judge John Gleeson to argue against the DOJ’s position. On Sunday, Whitaker called Sullivan’s actions “very unusual.”

“The federal rules of criminal procedure govern this type of motion to dismiss from the government and there’s no discretion in this type of case for the judge and so it was very unusual for not only him to take it under consideration, but also to appoint someone to argue in favor of maintaining this case open,” Whitaker said.

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He went on to say, “I’ve been a U.S. Attorney and acting attorney general and I’ve never seen anything where a district court judge has done something like this.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Michigan restaurant owner defies Gov. Whitmer’s order in last-ditch effort to save family business

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The owner of a restaurant in western Michigan is defying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order by reopening in a late-ditch effort to save his business.

Jim Cory resumed dining service at Jimmy’s Roadhouse in rural Newaygo and now faces a threat by the state health department to revoke his licenses, he said Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

“It’s just been one different set of rules after another,” Cory said of the state’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Whitmer, he complained, “throws up something different every time you turn around.”

Cory made the comments two days after Whitmer, a Democrat, extended her stay-at-home order to June 12 — the fifth extension of a mandate that has put her at odds with Republican lawmakers and sparked anti-lockdown protests.

The order, called “Safer at Home,” will extend temporary business closures and movement restrictions in an effort to combat the pandemic. Whitmer also extended her state of emergency through June 19, WJBK-TV reported.

In a statement, she said that while Michigan COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining, “we are not out of the woods yet.”

Cory said Jimmy’s Roadhouse has been in his family since 1970 but he wonders if the business can survive the outbreak.

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Cory estimates he’s lost about $65,000 since mid-March, when Whitmer told restaurants to close dining rooms and offer only takeout.

While Cory says he received a loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, he said the money can only be used to pay his employees.

The restaurant opened Wednesday afternoon and within an hour more than a dozen parties were seated, according to WOOD TV8.

“We had a great turnout,” Cory said Sunday.

He doesn’t know if it will be his last.

He pointed out that he took safety precautions seating customers at least ten feet apart inside a large tent outside his restaurant.

“I was inspected on Wednesday by the liquor control and the health department and then Thursday morning I was called by the state police and I had sit-down meeting with the state police and the head of the health department,” Cory said on Sunday, adding that he was treated with “dignity and respect,” but was told he could not reopen.

Cory noted that since he violated Whitmer’s executive order on Wednesday he was told his licenses would be suspended if he continued to operate while the executive order was in place, so he did not reopen on Thursday.

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“They had to follow the orders that came down from the top and we have to change who is making those orders from the top,” Cory said on Sunday.

Fox News Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Former NFL player Jack Brewer on Biden backlash over black voter comment: ‘The mask is off’

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Former NFL player Jack Brewer said “the mask is off,” reacting on Sunday to former Vice President Joe Biden’s comment during an interview where he said that African-Americans unsure about whether to support him or President Trump “ain’t black.

“America can see the real Joe Biden, hopefully all of my African-American brothers and sisters,” Brewer told “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

Brewer made the statements two days after Biden expressed regret during a call with black business leaders for his comment about African-American voters in an earlier interview.

“I shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” Biden said in a Friday afternoon phone call with the U.S. Black Chambers, addressing the controversy within seconds of the session starting.

Biden made the comments to host Charlamagne tha God of “The Breakfast Club” radio show. The remarks instantly ignited a backlash from critics, the Trump campaign calling them “racist and dehumanizing.”

“It’s time to look in the mirror and have a real soul check to see the man that has really mass incarcerated black men over the last two-and-a-half-plus decades,” Brewer said on Sunday.

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Brewer was referencing Biden’s deep involvement in drafting the 1994 crime bill.

As a senator from Delaware, Biden helped craft the 1994 crime bill that was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. Biden has long highlighted his role in helping write the law, which at the time was the largest anti-crime bill in the nation’s history. The measure provided for thousands of new police officers, millions of dollars to fund prevention programs and billions of dollars to build new prisons.

But the law’s long been criticized by Democrats who blame the measure for spiking incarcerations, particularly among minorities, due to a mandatory life sentence policy for repeat offenders.

“He was the VP of Barack Obama so he hides in the closet a lot,” Brewer said on Sunday. “[He] has been able to cover up all of his oppressive policies that he’s pushed really, since he has been in [the] Senate.

He added that “for me, it goes back to the prisons.”

“I teach in prisons all across this country and so at some point, it has to get off of the politics and talk about the real black families that Joe Biden has decimated through his 1994 crime bill.”

“There’s [sic] hundreds of thousands of black families right now who don’t have their fathers or who have been locked up disproportionately and it’s time for him to answer to black America,” He continued. “Keep it real and stop race-baiting.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu corruption trial – everything you need to know

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial for three corruption cases will begin on Sunday,  more than two months after Israel’s unprecedented third election in less than a year, which ended inconclusively and led to the formation of a unity government. Netanyahu is the first sitting Israeli prime minister to go on trial.

What are the charges?

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different controversies.

The allegations against him included suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site.

When was Netanyahu formally charged?

After a three-year investigation, Netanyahu, who has served as prime minister for 11 years, was indicted in November.

“A day in which the attorney general decides to serve an indictment against a seated prime minister for serious crimes of corrupt governance is a heavy and sad day, for the Israeli public and for me personally,” Israel’s attorney general Avichai Mandelblit told reporters after Netanyahu was formally charged.

Netanyahu, in response, said the indictment stemmed from “false accusations” and a systematically “tainted investigation.” He claimed to be the victim of a witch hunt involving political rivals, the media, police and prosecutors, all pressuring a “weak” attorney general, The Times of Israel reported.

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Mandelblit rejected suggestions that the indictment was politically motivated, saying it was a “heavy-hearted decision” based solely on professional considerations.

Did the COVID-19 outbreak impact the trial? 

Netanyahu’s trial was supposed to begin in March, but was delayed when his justice minister closed most of the court system because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Israel’s new government was sworn in on May 17 following three national elections in under a year, which all ended inconclusively with neither Netanyahu, nor his rival Benny Gantz, in control of a required parliamentary majority.

Given the coronavirus outbreak and the desire to avoid yet another election, Gantz dropped his opposition to sitting in a government with the indicted Netanyahu. Under their power-sharing deal, the two will rotate the prime minister’s job during the next three years — with Netanyahu in the role for the first 18 months.

According to the agreement, Gantz and Netanyahu control an equal number of government ministries and parliamentary committees and essentially hold veto power over most key decisions.

Does Netanyahu have to step down as prime minister given he has been indicted?  

Netanyahu is not legally required to resign while under indictment.

The unity government created a new position of “alternate prime minister,” which like the premier is not required to resign under indictment. This position would allow Netanyahu to stay in office throughout a trial and potential appeals process that could last several years.

What happens next?

On Wednesday, an Israeli court ordered Netanyahu to appear for the opening of his criminal trial in Jerusalem on Sunday.

His attorneys had asked the court for an exemption from appearing at the arraignment, arguing that Netanyahu’s presence was “not essential” given he had “read this indictment several times already.” They also argued that his bodyguards’ presence would violate Health Ministry social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

The court rejected the request, saying that Netanyahu “must, like all other accused, appear and give his statement before the court.”

The trial will take place in Jerusalem District Court where evidence will be presented before a three-judge panel.

Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman will be heading the panel, which will also include Judges Moshe Bar-Am and Oded Shaham, Haaretz reported, adding that the majority of the judges are known to be tough on corruption.

The newspaper noted that Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth Israeli newspaper; Shaul Elovitch, the former owner of the Bezeq telecommunications company, and his wife Iris have also been charged in the cases.

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The Jerusalem District Court noted that social distancing orders by the Health Ministry must be followed and, therefore, people in the courtroom will be required to wear face masks and sit more than 6 feet apart, The Times of Israel reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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