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Israel's indicted Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge

Israel's indicted Netanyahu faces party leadership challengeBenjamin Netanyahu and rival Gideon Saar urged supporters to vote in the Likud party’s leadership election Thursday, with the embattled Israeli Prime Minister fighting for his political future. Likud’s roughly 116,000 eligible voters have until 11 pm (2100 GMT) to choose between Netanyahu and Saar, in a primary hit by low turnout due in part to bad weather. A defeat for Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving premier, would be a shock, but even a relatively close victory could weaken his influence over the conservative party he has dominated for 20 years.



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Ex-cop indicted for murder in Atatiana Jefferson's death

Ex-cop indicted for murder in Atatiana Jefferson's deathAtatiana Jefferson was shot and killed in October when Officer Aaron Dean fired through a window.



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The Texas ex-police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her own home has been indicted on a murder charge

The Texas ex-police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her own home has been indicted on a murder chargeAtatiana Jefferson had been playing video games with her nephew on October 12 when the officer, Aaron Dean, shot her through her bedroom window.



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Confessed serial killer indicted in 1984 slaying in Georgia

Confessed serial killer indicted in 1984 slaying in GeorgiaThe man the FBI calls the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history has been indicted in Georgia in the slaying of a woman whose body was found on a pile of construction debris more than three decades ago. A grand jury in Savannah returned an indictment Wednesday bringing a new murder charge against 79-year-old Samuel Little. Little has said he killed two women in Savannah decades ago.



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Giuliani associate got $1 million from indicted Ukrainian

Giuliani associate got $  1 million from indicted UkrainianA business associate of Rudy Giuliani received a $ 1 million payment in September from an indicted Ukrainian oligarch who is a fugitive from justice in the U.S., federal prosecutors revealed Tuesday. The disclosure came during a court hearing in New York for Lev Parnas, who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions to U.S. politicians, including some made to try to influence policy on Ukraine. At the hearing, a judge rejected the government’s arguments that Parnas' bail should be revoked because he failed to disclose the payment from Dmytro Firtash and other assets to the court when he was asked about his finances.



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Top anti-impeachment Republican was in contact with indicted Ukraine suspect, Giuliani phone logs reveal

Top anti-impeachment Republican was in contact with indicted Ukraine suspect, Giuliani phone logs revealDuring Congressional hearings in Donald Trump's impeachment investigation, Devin Nunes chastised Democrats and promoted a conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that backed interference campaigns in US elections in 2016.But phone logs obtained by Congress show that the Republican Congressman spoke regularly with Mr Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, who is alleged to have coordinated a campaign within the Trump administration to pressure Ukraine to find supposedly damaging information on the president's political rivals ahead of 2020 elections.



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Indicted Giuliani Henchman Lev Parnas Raises Executive Privilege in Federal Court

Indicted Giuliani Henchman Lev Parnas Raises Executive Privilege in Federal CourtREUTERSLev Parnas, a Soviet-born business associate with ties to Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, raised the issue of executive privilege during a court proceeding Wednesday, arguing it could apply to some of the evidence gathered in his campaign-finance case in New York.The issue was raised during an arraignment for Parnas and Igor Furman, who pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges in a four-count indictment that accused them of funneling money through straw donors into U.S. elections in an effort to gain influence. Prosecutors also allege the pair petitioned U.S. politicians, including a congressman, to have the ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Donaleski, offered a glimpse into the “voluminous” evidence that prosecutors have recovered so far on the two men who have become figures in the Trump impeachment proceedings, through “dozens of search warrants,” property searches, and subpoenas. The information includes emails and social media accounts and financial records from more than 50 bank accounts.Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Henchmen Arrested Over Trump Group DonationDuring the hearing, Parnas’ attorney, Edward MacMahon, told the judge that his client was told to invoke executive privilege in a letter that was submitted on Parnas’ behalf by John Dowd, a former lawyer for the president, to a congressional committee conducting the impeachment inquiry.Asked by Judge Paul Oetken if Parnas has worked for the president, MacMahon said no, but that “he worked for Mr. Giuliani.” MacMahon said that his concern stems from Parnas having used Giuliani as his lawyer for both personal and business dealings and that Giuliani also works for Trump.“There are issues that we need to be very sensitive to,” MacMahon said, not going into detail what those issues are. He continued, adding that he doesn’t “know who is looking at all this evidence. If information gets out that we determine it is all privileged, we’ve got a problem,” MacMahon said in court.“I can’t invoke [executive privilege], only the President of the United States and the government can,” MacMahon said, telling the judge that he doesn’t know how to proceed if the issue arises. “I just wanted to raise the issue with you.”Prosecutors, seemingly shocked by the executive privilege claim, told the judge that while “this is the first time that we’ve heard of this… we’re happy to have a conversation.” Donaleski, added that the government has already set up a “filter team,” a separate team of prosecutors within their investigation, who ensure that possibly sensitive information does not get exposed. The judge instructed the two sides to discuss the issues over the coming weeks. Parnas and Fruman are scheduled to return to court on Dec. 2. Flanked by his wife and attorneys, Parnas spoke briefly to the scrum of reporters outside the courthouse saying that he is looking forward to defending himself “vigorously in court.” “Many false things have been said about me and my family in the press and media recently,” he said, before adding that he is “certain that in time the truth will be revealed, and I will be vindicated. In the end, I put my faith in God. Thank you.”His defense attorney, Joseph Bondy, reiterated the sentiment, saying that his team “looks forward to defending Mr. Parnas in the court based upon the evidence and not a smear campaign that’s been driven by self-serving and misleading leaks apparently from the highest levels of our government.”Prosecutors are also looking into Giuliani’s business dealings as part of their investigation, sources have told The Daily Beast and other news organizations.Parnas and Fruman were arrested two weeks ago at Washington’s Dulles airport as they were preparing to board a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, holding one-way tickets. When prosecutors learned that the two were leaving the country, they moved quickly to secure the indictments, which were issued a day before the two were apprehended.The two have both been released on $ 1 million bail and are relegated to house arrest while they await trial. Their movements have been restricted to New York, where the trial is scheduled to take place and the Miami area where they both live.The case is the first criminal prosecution related to an apparent Trumpworld pressure campaign to coerce Ukrainian officials into digging up dirt on Trump’s political opponents for the 2020 re-election campaign, particularly former Vice President Joe Biden, an effort which is at the center of an impeachment inquiry underway by the U.S. House of Representatives.Parnas and Fruman are charged in four-count indictment with making illegal straw donations, including a $ 325,000 contribution to the group America First Action, which was first reported by The Daily Beast.That donation actually came from an entirely different, undisclosed company owned by Parnas. It is illegal to donate to federal political candidates in the name of another person or entity.During an arraignment for David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, two businessmen charged with conspiring with Parnas and Fruman to use straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions, prosecutors offered a broad brushstroke of “fairly voluminous” amounts of evidence they have gathered in the case from 10 search warrants and more than 50 bank accounts.Parnas and Fruman are accused in the indictment in a separate scheme of helping Giuliani to dig up dirt on the president’s political opponents in Ukraine.Prosecutors say that scheme involved having the former ambassador to Ukraine recalled. Giuliani believed the ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, was standing in the way of investigations he and Trump wanted to see launched into Joe and Hunter Biden’s work in the country.The campaign-finance allegations against Parnas and Fruman are inextricably linked with that effort. Prosecutors say their extensive political contributions, beginning in early 2018, were designed to curry favor with American policymakers in an effort to advance Parnas’ and Fruman’s political and business endeavors.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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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Attorney for indicted Giuliani associate says evidence in case could be subject to executive privilege

Attorney for indicted Giuliani associate says evidence in case could be subject to executive privilegeA lawyer for Lev Parnas, one of two associates of Rudy Giuliani accused of illegally funneling money into U.S. elections, told a federal judge on Wednesday some of the evidence collected in his client's case could be subject to executive privilege.Parnas and Igor Fruman have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said that over the course of executing more than a dozen search warrants, investigators gathered evidence from electronic devices, social media accounts, and email. Parnas' attorney, Edward MacMahon Jr., said that the White House could invoke executive privilege, since Giuliani is President Trump's personal lawyer and also at one point represented Parnas."There are issues we need to be very sensitive to," MacMahon told Judge J. Paul Oetken. "I'm not telling you I know how to resolve this." He asked that a special team of prosecutors review the evidence, and the government told the court a "filter team" is already doing this, and will notify the defense if anything is under executive privilege, which can only be invoked by the president.Parnas and Fruman helped Giuliani on his quest to find damaging information in Ukraine on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. People familiar with the matter say Giuliani's lobbying efforts in Ukraine are now being investigated by federal prosecutors.



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Truck driver indicted on 23 counts in motorcyclist deaths

Truck driver indicted on 23 counts in motorcyclist deathsA pickup truck driver accused of causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been indicted on 23 charges saying he negligently caused the deaths and was under the influence of one or more drugs at the time. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy , 23, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is to be arraigned by video on Nov. 5. The negligent homicide-DUI charges accuse Zhukovskyy of driving under the influence of a controlled drug or drugs at the time of the crash.



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Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm

Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $  500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firmPresident Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $ 500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination. Giuliani said Parnas' company, Boca Raton-based Fraud Guarantee, whose website says it aims to help clients "reduce and mitigate fraud", engaged Giuliani Partners, a management and security consulting firm, around August 2018.



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