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Rudy Giuliani Processed in Arizona in Fake Electors Scheme to Overturn Trump’s 2020 Loss to Biden

Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and Donald Trump attorney, was processed Monday in the criminal case over the effort to overturn Trump’s Arizona election loss to Joe Biden, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office provided a mug shot but no other details. The office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for Maricopa County said Giuliani posted bond of $10,000 in cash. “Mayor Rudy Giuliani — the most effective federal prosecutor in U.S. history — will be fully vindicated,” said his spokesperson, Ted Goodman. ”This is yet another example of partisan actors weaponizing the criminal justice system to interfere with the 2024 presidential election through outlandish charges against President Trump and anyone willing to take on the permanent Washington political class.” Giuliani pleaded not guilty in May to nine felony charges stemming from his alleged role in the fake electors effort. He is among 18 people indicted in the Arizona case, including Trump attorneys John Eastman, Christina Bobb and Jenna Ellis. Former Trump presidential chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump 2020 Election Day operations director Michael Roman pleaded not guilty Friday in Phoenix to nine felony charges for their alleged roles in the scheme. The indictment alleges Meadows worked with other Trump campaign members to submit names of fake electors from Arizona and other states to Congress in a bid to keep Trump in office despite his November 2020 defeat. Other states where criminal charges have been filed related to the fake electors scheme are Michigan, Nevada and Georgia. (AP)
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Jurors Will Resume Deliberations in Federal Gun Case Against President Joe Biden’s Son Hunter

Jurors will resume deliberations Tuesday in the criminal case against President Joe Biden’s son over a gun Hunter Biden bought in 2018 when prosecutors say he was in the throes of a crack cocaine addiction. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before leaving the federal courthouse in Delaware Monday afternoon. They are weighing whether Hunter Biden is guilty of three felonies in the case pitting the younger Biden against his father’s Justice Department in the middle of the president’s reelection campaign. Prosecutors spent last week using testimony from his ex-wife, photos of Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia and other tawdry evidence to make the case that he lied when he checked “no” on the form at the gun shop that asked whether he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to” drugs. “He knew he was using drugs. That’s what the evidence shows. And he knew he was addicted to drugs. That’s what the evidence shows,” prosecutor Leo Wise told jurors in his closing argument Monday. Hunter Biden’s substance abuse struggles after the 2015 death of his brother Beau are well-documented. But the defense has argued that he did not consider himself an “addict” when he bought the gun and checked “no” on the form that asked whether he was “an unlawful user” of drugs or addicted to them. Hunter Biden’s lawyers have sought to show he was trying to turn his life around at the time of the gun purchase, having completed a rehabilitation program at the end of August 2018. The defense called three witnesses, including Hunter’s daughter Naomi, who told jurors that her father seemed be improving in the weeks before he bought the gun. And the defense told jurors that no one actually witnessed Hunter Biden using drugs during the 11 days he had the gun before Beau’s widow, Hallie, found it in Hunter’s truck and threw it in a trash can. Defense attorney Abbe Lowell suggested that prosecutors were presenting circumstantial evidence like a magician might present a card trick, trying to get jurors to focus on one hand and ignore the other. “With my last breath in this case, I ask for the only verdict that will hold the prosecutors to what the law requires of them” — a verdict of not guilty, Lowell said in his final pitch to jurors. But prosecutors have shown jurors text messages sent in the days after the gun purchase in which Hunter Biden told Hallie he was waiting for a dealer and smoking crack. Hallie and Hunter briefly dated after Beau’s death. Prosecutors have also said they found cocaine residue on the pouch in which Hallie put the gun before tossing it in a trash can outside an upscale grocery store. First lady Jill Biden, the president’s brother James and other family members watched from the first row of the courtroom as the defense rested its case on Monday without calling Hunter Biden to the witness stand. The first lady has been in court almost every day since the trial began last week. Before the case went to the jury, the prosecutor urged jurors to focus on the “overwhelming” evidence against Hunter Biden and pay no mind to members of the president’s family sitting in the courtroom. “All of this is not evidence,” Wise said, extending […]
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MI KIAMCHA YISROEL: Crowd Greets Injured IDF Soldier In Five Towns [SEE VIDEO]

A heartwarming scene unfolded at Five Towns Premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Monday as a large crowd gathered to welcome Yonatan, an IDF soldier who had been grievously wounded in the Gaza Strip. Yonatan suffered severe injuries and underwent initial surgery in Israel, but due to the overwhelming number of casualties from the war, his necessary follow-up surgeries were put on hold. In a remarkable display of compassion, a doctor at Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, NJ, learned of Yonatan’s situation and generously offered to take him on as a patient. Now, as Yonatan requirs rehabilitation, Five Towns Premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was contacted and kindly agreed to admit him. Hatzalah was contacted and arranged for an ambulance to transport Yonatan to the rehab facility, while Achiezer coordinated a joyous gathering to welcome him. The crowd that gathered at Five Towns Premier included community members, local leaders, and supporters, all eager to show their appreciation and support for Yonatan’s service and sacrifice.
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NYT: How Israel Scours Gaza for Clues About the Hostages

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Hamas is moving the hostages around from one apartment to another in order to keep their location hidden. Other hostages are believed to be in tunnels. According to the report, a “fusion cell” was quietly formed in Israel after the October 7th assault, where US and Israeli intelligence and military analysts share imagery from drones and satellites and communications intercepts that may shed light on the hostages’ locations. However, the chances of additional rescue operations are slight. The location of many of the hostages is unknown. Additionally, Hamas is likely to move any additional hostages being held in apartments into tunnels. “One must remember that the release of the four hostages is ultimately a tactical achievement that does not change the strategic aspect,” said Avi Kalo, a lieutenant colonel in the Israeli reserves who once led a military intelligence department that dealt with prisoners of war and missing people. “Hamas still has dozens of hostages, the vast majority of whom, if not all, will not be released in operations, but can be rescued only as part of a cease-fire deal.” Sadly, since October 7th, 43 hostages have been declared dead. Israeli officials think that less than 60 are still alive. US officials say there are five US citizens still alive and three bodies of Americans being held by Hamas. A small group of hostages are being used as human shields for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. According to NYT, Sinwar is believed to be currently hiding under Khan Younis but the tunnel network there is vast and neither the US nor Israel can determine his precise location. Hamas leaders have ordered their terrorists that in the case of Israeli forces approaching, the first thing they should do is shoot the captives. The US military has flown surveillance drones over the Gaza Strip since right after the Oct. 7 attack to aid in hostage rescue efforts. The report quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that US and British drones have been able to gather intelligence that Israeli drones cannot collect. Although the US drones have the same sensors as the Israeli and British ones, “the sheer numbers of American aircraft means that more territory can be surveilled more frequently and for longer periods.” Officials added that although drones can’t map out Hamas’s tunnel network -Israel is using highly classified ground-based sensors to do that – their infrared radar can detect the heat signatures of terrorists or other people going into or out of tunnel entrances on the surface. Intelligence sharing between the United States and Israel related to the war in Gaza initially focused on hostage-recovery efforts, but over time the collaboration expanded, three current or former senior U.S. officials said. “They are part of the largest intelligence effort ever conducted in Israel, and probably ever,” Colonel Kalo said of the Americans and the British.
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DRAMATIC FOOTAGE: The Moment The IDF Rescued Hostages In Gaza

Police have released dramatic footage of the rescue operation for hostages Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, conducted by the elite Yamam unit and Shin Bet agents in central Gaza’s Nuseirat on Saturday. The video captures Yamam officers storming the residence of “Journalist” Abdallah Aljamal who worked for the Palestine Chronicle. (He had written his last article on Thursday.). Abdallah had been holding the three Israeli men hostage. In the footage, the hostages identify themselves to the officers before being extracted while under fire. During the intense fighting at Aljamal’s home, Yamam officer Chief Inspector Arnon Zmora HY”D was tragically killed. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
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