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Transcript reveals how Adam Schiff booted Matt Gaetz from the deposition room

Transcript reveals how Adam Schiff booted Matt Gaetz from the deposition roomPresident Donald Trump’s allies took to heart his request that Republicans start fighting back against House Democrats’ impeachment investigation, and one transcript released Friday vividly captures how one such lieutenant tried to crash the proceedings. At the beginning of the closed-door testimony of Fiona Hill, the White House’s top Russia hand, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff notices a face out of place: Rep. Matt Gaetz, a flamethrowing congressman and Trump ally from the Florida Panhandle. According to the transcript, Schiff interrupts the opening statement of Rep. Jim Jordan, asking whether there is anyone in the room not on the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs or Oversight committees that are conducting the closed-door portion of the investigation.

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2 passengers, emotional support French bulldogs booted off Norwegian Air flight

2 passengers, emotional support French bulldogs booted off Norwegian Air flightTwo passengers and their emotional support French bulldogs were escorted off a Norwegian Air flight when their dogs started showing signs of distress.

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Alan Dershowitz Gets Rival Lawyer Booted From Epstein Victim’s Case

Alan Dershowitz Gets Rival Lawyer Booted From Epstein Victim’s CaseREUTERS/Andrew InnerarityAlan Dershowitz may have lost his battle to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre—who claims Jeffrey Epstein kept her as his “sex slave” and forced her to have sex with Dershowitz. But the Harvard Law professor scored his own victory: persuading a federal judge to disqualify Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies, and his firm, from her case.In an opinion filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said she would deny Dershowitz’s motion to dismiss the case—Dershowitz claims Giuffre is lying about having sex with him and tried to extort him—but grant his motion to disqualify Boies’ firm. It was a blow to Boies, who’s sparred with Dershowitz for decades, and Sigrid McCawley, a partner at the firm who represents multiple victims of Epstein.In a statement, McCawley said her firm would appeal Preska’s decision to remove them from Giuffre’s litigation in Manhattan federal court.“Today’s decision rejects Alan Dershowitz’s chronic capacity to make this case about anything but the facts and what he has been accused of by our client, Virginia Giuffre. The defamation case against Alan Dershowitz is going forward and he will have to face justice,” McCawley, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP,  said in a statement.“The decision, however, to disqualify our firm, which has had the privilege of representing Virginia and advocating for her brave voice and continued call for justice, is deeply disappointing and it will be promptly appealed.”Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Names Powerful Men in Alleged Sex RingThe Biggest Bombshells in Newly Unsealed Epstein DocumentsThe order comes almost a month after Giuffre’s and Dershowitz’s legal teams faced off during oral arguments, after which Dershowitz held a press conference and accused Giuffre and her advocates of doing “a terrible disservice” to the MeToo movement. Boies and his firm have represented Giuffre for years, including in a separate defamation suit filed against Epstein’s alleged madame, Ghislaine Maxwell. (A cache of court records in that case were unsealed last summer, providing a deeper look into the sexual abuse allegations against Epstein and his powerful friends.)Dershowitz, 81, argued the 78-year-old Boies should be booted from his case based on a conflict of interest: He was briefly a client of Boies’ firm and says he provided an attorney with confidential information related to his fight against Giuffre’s accusations. The professor also argued Boies and his firm’s attorneys would be called as witnesses in Giuffre’s case.The latter argument was more significant, according to Preska’s order, which noted, “Because disqualification is so clearly required under the advocate-witness rule, the Court does not reach the conflict of interest argument advanced by Dershowitz.”According to the rule, an attorney cannot represent a party where the attorney will be called as a witness. “The rule differentiates between an attorney who will be called on behalf of his client and an attorney who will be called as a witness other than on behalf of his client,” Preska wrote in her order.“A lawyer may also not act as an advocate where ‘another lawyer in the lawyer’s firm is likely to be called as a witness on a significant issue other than on behalf of the client, and it is apparent that the testimony may be prejudicial to the client,’” Preska added.In her complaint, Giuffre said Dershowitz’s statements that she conspired with her lawyers to extort him and Epstein’s associate and client Les Wexner are false. She also referenced a secretly-recorded phone call between Dershowitz and Boies; Dershowitz says Boies declared on the call that Giuffre was “simply wrong” in her accusation, while Giuffre has said Boies’ assertions were taken “out of context.”“By so pleading, Giuffre made the truth of these statements … a necessary—indeed essential—part of the Complaint,” Preska ruled.“Dershowitz’s allegation of an extortion conspiracy is no mere throwaway line,” the judge added of Giuffre’s complaint, which was filed in April. “Giuffre explicitly characterizes Dershowitz’s ‘central assertion’ as the facts that Giuffre committed perjury and that she and her attorneys ‘hatched a scheme to falsely accuse Dershowitz of sex trafficking as part of a criminal attempt to extort a settlement from another party.’”Giuffre must prove at trial that Boies Schiller Flexner (BSF) lawyers didn’t participate in the extortion scheme Dershowitz has alleged. “Either way, BSF is immersed in the facts it pled,” Preska stated.“Again it is essential to follow the litigation jujitsu at work here,” the judge continued. “Giuffre says Dershowitz defamed her by falsely saying she and BSF engaged in an extortion scheme; Dershowitz says he said it and it is true. Giuffre’s burden is to prove it is false in the face of Dershowitz’s vehement claim that it is true.”According to Preska’s order, new counsel for Giuffre and Dershowitz’s legal team must submit a proposed discovery plan by Nov. 13.Giuffre released a statement on Wednesday following the ruling: “I am grateful for the Court's decision to deny Alan Dershowitz’s shameful attempt to dismiss my defamation case against him. I will no longer be silenced. I will no longer be shamed. I will see Alan Dershowitz in a court of law," she said."But I am dismayed by the Court's decision in this case to deprive me of my counsel. For over five years, my lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner have worked tirelessly to bring Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators to justice. When it was not in vogue and not a breaking news story, my lawyers Sigrid McCawley and David Boies stood up to the muscle of the Epstein machine and its grip on the legal system. It is no surprise that Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Epstein's ecosystem of power and privilege, is attempting to manipulate the legal system in the face of the serious charges I have brought against him. The reckoning of accountability has begun and today's decision will be appealed.”Dershowitz’s attorney, Imran H. Ansari, said the academic is "pleased" with Preska's decision to remove Boies from the case. “Disqualification is clearly required by the advocate-witness rule and by the very allegations made by the Plaintiff in her own Complaint," Ansari said in a statement. "Professor Dershowitz will call David Boies and his colleagues at trial to prove that their client—in Boies’ own words—is 'wrong… simply wrong' in accusing him. Any appeal taken of Judge Preska’s decision regarding disqualification will be met with stiff opposition by Professor Dershowitz."Meanwhile, Dershowitz argued Giuffre’s complaint should be dismissed because the statements he made in 2018 and 2019—calling her a “total liar” who fabricated allegations against him for money—are “substantially identical” to statements he made in 2015 and therefore barred under the statute of limitations.Yet, Preska’s order states that Dershowitz “admits he took affirmative steps to republish his prior statements to defend himself and his reputation by influencing new audiences or re-influencing old audiences.”“Said differently, Dershowitz went looking for trouble, and by his repeated affirmative republications, he found it.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from gamesGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in one of the most bizarre moments of this year's Winter Games.

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Woman Booted Off Plane After Claiming to Crew That She Had Life-Threatening Pet Allergy

Woman Booted Off Plane After Claiming to Crew That She Had Life-Threatening Pet AllergyTwo police officers came on board to forcibly remove the woman from the Southwest flight.

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Family of 5 Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight After Their Baby Kicked Seat in Front of Her

Family of 5 Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight After Their Baby Kicked Seat in Front of HerThe airline claims there's another side to the story.

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Family Claims They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight in Dispute Over Birthday Cake

Family Claims They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight in Dispute Over Birthday CakeA police officer said he didn't see any wrongdoing in the incident.

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Watch: Family with two young children booted off of Delta flight for the dumbest of reasons

Watch: Family with two young children booted off of Delta flight for the dumbest of reasonsEt tu, Delta? A new viral video making the rounds shows a family with two young children being kicked off of a Delta flight due to a strictly enforced airline policy regarding who is allowed to fly under a purchased ticket.

You see, back in the day, if you purchased an airline ticket you were free to give it away to a friend if you couldn't make the flight, or even sell it if you so chose. Over the past few decades, though, security considerations prompted airlines to clamp down on such behavior. And let's be honest, it's primarily a way for airlines to squeeze even more money out of prospective passengers who are forced to purchase tickets directly or even shell out cash for pricier refundable tickets.

Which brings us to the viral video of the hour. The man featured in the video below is told that him, his wife, and his two children — aged 1 and 2 — need to get off of the plane. The reason? The name attached to the younger child's seat belonged to the man's 18-year old son who happened to get on a different flight earlier in the day.

The man in question is flummoxed and refuses to budge, repeating time and time again that he purchased the seats and that he can use them how he wants. It's not an unreasonable argument, especially given that a small child is at the center of the controversy. With not an even an iota of common sense on display from Delta personnel on the plane, the man at one point is informed that if he and his family doesn't budge, they will all spend the night in jail. What's more, the man is flippantly told that once they depart the plane, they are on their own, which is to say there's no talk about getting them on another flight or even giving them a refund.


The video description reads:

Here is a video of Delta airlines booting myself, my wife and my 2 children ages 1 and 2 off delta flight 2222 April 23 from Maui to LAX. They oversold the flight and asked us to give up a seat we purchased for my older son that my younger son was sitting in. You will hear them lie to me numerous times to get my son out of the seat.The end result was we were all kicked off the flight. They then filled our 4 seats with 4 customers that had tickets but no seats. They oversold the flight.

Not only that, but the family was kicked off of the plane at midnight, forcing them to find a hotel room at the last minute. And adding insult to injury, they were forced to purchase new tickets.

Now to be fair, the airline protocol at play here is well-established, with most airlines opting to play hardball when it comes to changing a name on a purchased ticket or transferring a purchased ticket to another party. Still, one would like to think that airlines could exhibit even a bit of common sense in these types of situations.

The best comment we've seen on the ordeal — if you're in the mood for a good laugh — reads: "Also, now knowing Delta kicks babies off their flights kinda makes me want to fly Delta. They could change their slogan to "We love to fly in peace and quiet, and it shows" and see a huge boost in ticket sales."

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Delta Passenger Claims He Was Booted From Flight Because He Had to Use the Bathroom

Delta Passenger Claims He Was Booted From Flight Because He Had to Use the BathroomThe delayed flight returned to the gate when he got back to his seat, and he was asked to get off the plane.

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United Promises Investigation After Outrage Over Booted Passenger

United Promises Investigation After Outrage Over Booted PassengerUnited Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is now promising a full investigation, with results by April 30, into why Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from overbooked flight.

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