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domenica 16 gennaio 2022

MORTE DI DAVID ROSSI...... Del caso della mail ora se ne occuperà anche il Racis, uno dei reparti speciali dei carabinieri incaricato della maxi-perizia. L’affidamento su questo punto, “il cinquantunesimo”, sarà ufficializzato mercoledì nell’Ufficio di presidenza della commissione che indaga sulla morte di Rossi. Sarà l’ultimo atto dell’organismo parlamentare prima della sospensione dei lavori per l’elezione del presidente della Repubblica.........

 


L’unica soluzione è analizzare il dvd creato da Banca Monte dei Paschi in data 7 marzo e consegnato alla procura di Siena lo stesso giorno”. Carmelo Miceli, legale di Antonella Tognazzi e Carolina Orlandi (rispettivamente moglie dell’ex capo della comunicazione Mps e la figlia di lei), non molla la presa sulla mail postuma. Dalle affermazioni della segretaria dell’amministratore delegato Fabrizio Viola, Lorenza Pieraccini, davanti ai pm senesi alla relazione della polizia postale di Genova, che scrive “tutti i dispositivi sono stati alterati dopo la riconsegna alla famiglia di Rossi, per cui la loro analisi ne risulta in alcuni casi viziata”, tutto sembra andare in una direzione opposta. 

Eppure, l’avvocato intende fugare ogni dubbio attorno a quel messaggio, che riporta una data di creazione successiva alla morte del manager, anche se quella di spedizione è ferma al 4 marzo. “Quel disco conteneva il materiale estrapolato dal computer di Rossi – evidenzia Miceli. - Peraltro, quell’operazione non fu fatta dagli inquirenti visto che il pc era disconnesso, ma da qualcuno della banca. Tutto avvenne in un momento successivo alla mail”. Il legale si è voluto poi soffermare su quanto affermato dall’allora Gip di Genova, Franca Borzone, che ha fatto sapere di aver trasmesso gli atti a Siena un anno fa, dopo aver archiviato l’inchiesta per abuso d’ufficio relativa ai presunti festini. “Credo sia doveroso dire che tale trasmissione di atti (contenente la relazione della polizia postale, ndr) non è mai stata accompagnata da una richiesta di approfondimento sulla stessa anomalia riscontrata. Lo ribadisco: mai”, ha sottolineato Miceli, che quindi ha aggiunto: “Peraltro, a prescindere dalle indicazioni fornite dal Gip di Genova, abbiamo fondato motivo di ritenere che la Procura di Siena non abbia mai svolto, né d’impulso, né d’ufficio, indagini su tale anomalia, ed è certo che se tali approfondimenti dovessero essere stati eseguiti, gli stessi sarebbero avvenuti senza coinvolgerci”. Quel fascicolo era stato trasmesso a Siena anche come procura competente a indagare su eventuali reati di sfruttamento alla prostituzione, in seguito alle dichiarazioni dell’escort Matteo Bonaccorsi. Inchiesta che non sarebbe mai stata avviata. 

Del caso della mail ora se ne occuperà anche il Racis, uno dei reparti speciali dei carabinieri incaricato della maxi-perizia. L’affidamento su questo punto, “il cinquantunesimo”, sarà ufficializzato mercoledì nell’Ufficio di presidenza della commissione che indaga sulla morte di Rossi. Sarà l’ultimo atto dell’organismo parlamentare prima della sospensione dei lavori per l’elezione del presidente della Repubblica. Il voto rischia di scombussolare il calendario delle audizioni, mentre gli esiti, in caso di successiva caduta del Governo e di ricorso alle urne anticipate, potrebbero addirittura comprometterne la durata. Il presidente Pierantonio Zanettin tuttavia tiene la barra dritta e in un’intervista rilasciata al quotidiano Avvenire, ha di fatto ripercorso i passaggi significativi degli ultimi mesi. “Ci sono evidenti smagliature nelle inchieste penali aperte e poi archiviate sulla morte di David Rossi – ha affermato il deputato. - Da ultimo, la questione appena emersa della data di creazione della mail di Rossi, successiva alla morte. Se in sede peritale trovasse conferma, getterebbe un'ombra inquietante sulla vicenda. Va detto però che la segretaria di Viola ha detto di aver letto e stampato tale mail il 4 di marzo”. Zanettin ha poi messo in evidenza la serie di consulenze, tra cui quella di un collegio medico-legale di tre esperti, e le varie perizie. In un modo o in un altro, riscontri destinati a fare la differenza.


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All four people who were held hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday are "alive" and "safe," the authorities said as media reported gunfire and sounds resembling that of an explosion at the scene.........

 


Authorities escort a hostage out of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022  © AP / Elias Valverde;  The Dallas Morning News


All four people who were held hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday are "alive" and "safe," the authorities said as media reported gunfire and sounds resembling that of an explosion at the scene.

Though one male hostage had been released unharmed earlier on Saturday, the three remaining hostages were not able to leave until an FBI rescue team which had flown in from Quantico, Virginia stormed the building following a 12-hour standoff with the suspect.

Shortly after CNN reported that "a loud bang, followed by a short blast of rapid gunfire" came from the synagogue, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that all of the hostages were now "out alive and safe."

Colleyville Chief of Police Michael Miller confirmed that the suspect was “deceased” at a press conference late on Saturday. Noting that the man did not harm hostages “in any way," Miller refused to identify him.

"We have identified the subject but we are not prepared to release his identity or confirm his identity at this time," he added.

The suspect at one point had reportedly threatened to kill the hostages if anyone entered the building and said he had planted bombs in several locations. However, he also reportedly said he did not want to hurt anyone, and subsequently let one of the hostages escape unscathed.

His negotiations with law enforcement were partially broadcast live on Facebook.

Miller said that although there is no ongoing threat to the synagogue, bomb squads were deployed to the scene to clear it of any potential explosives.

Several US media outlets, including ABC News and NBC News, reported that the man had referred to Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-year sentence in the US, during his talks with the negotiators. The man apparently referred to the woman as his “sister. However, the lawyer for her biological brother, Muhammad Siddiqui, told the US media that he had nothing to do with the incident.

Moreover, an attorney representing Aafia Siddiqui later confirmed that the suspect was not her client's brother, and claimed that the woman herself did not endorse the act.

"We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX… Whoever the assailant is, we want him to know that his actions are condemned by Dr. Aafia and her family,” attorney Marwa Elbially told CNN in a statement on Saturday.

Speaking at the press conference, the special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas Field Office, Matthew DeSarno, admitted that the suspect “was singularly focused on one issue” and that “it was not specifically related to the Jewish community.”

However, DeSarno stopped short of either confirming or denying reports that the man had demanded the release of the Pakistani scientist. “We're continuing to work to find a motive,” he said.

US President Joe Biden, however, appeared to suggest that anti-Semitism might have been behind the attack.

In a statement, Biden said that though “there is more we will learn in the days ahead about the motivations of the hostage-taker,” the United States “will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country.”

Siddiqui had been arrested in 2008 after her botched interrogation by the US military in Afghanistan. The woman was initially detained by the Afghan forces after they reportedly found a note on her mentioning a “mass casualty attack” along with a list of several key US locations. Just as her interrogation was about to start, Siddiqui reportedly grabbed a rifle of one of the US soldiers and attempted to fire at a team of US investigators. Although the woman missed the target, and was ultimately shot in the stomach by a US soldier, she was extradited to the US on charges of attempting to murder US nationals in Afghanistan.


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IL PRESIDENTE DELLA SERBIA ALESSANDRA VUCIC HA FATTO DICHIARAZIONE DAVANTI A GIORNALISTI ESTERI E NAZIONALI RIGUARDO IL TRATTAMENTO INCIVILE CHE IL GOVERNO AUSTRALIANO HA USATO NEI CONFRONTI DEL NIMERO UNO DEL TENNIS MONDIALE NOVAK DIOKOVIC......

 


Oggi, durante un referendum in Serbia, il presidente della Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, ha parlato del miglior tennista del mondo, Novak Đoković, che questa mattina è stato respinto dalla Corte federale australiana secondo Central European Time contro la sua decisione di revoca del visto e dovrà essere espulso da quei paesi.

- Ho parlato con Novak poco fa, l'ho incoraggiato, e gli ho detto che non vedo l'ora che venga in Serbia e torni nel suo paese, dove è sempre il benvenuto. Il Presidente della Repubblica di Serbia ha iniziato a molestare il miglior tennista per 11 giorni e a dargli la decisione che hai preso il primo giorno per 11 giorni.

Aleksandar Vučić ha aggiunto che le autorità australiane hanno usato bugie:

- Hai visto nel processo più insensato quanto sta mentendo il pubblico ministero. mentono semplicemente. Dicono che meno del 50 per cento dei cittadini vaccinati si trovi in ​​Serbia e ufficialmente il 58 per cento. Ricorda che questo è più che in molti paesi dell'UE. Era un argomento senza senso, ma è possibile anche nelle opere di Orwell.

Alla fine, ha fatto riferimento al fatto che gli atleti dall'Australia arriveranno presto in Serbia.

- Daremo il benvenuto agli atleti australiani in un modo molto migliore a marzo e non vivremo su di loro per il bene delle elezioni. Stanno arrivando al campionato di atletica leggera e dimostreremo che siamo migliori del governo australiano e grazie al popolo australiano, che sono sicuro ama i serbi. Pensano di aver umiliato Djokovic, ma si sono umiliati e lui può tornare nel suo paese e guardare tutti negli occhi a testa alta.

Il Presidente ha poi ripetuto tutto ciò in inglese, su richiesta dei giornalisti, affinché anche i media stranieri potessero veicolare il suo messaggio.


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sabato 15 gennaio 2022

Montenegro.... La sorella dell'ispettore di polizia assassinato Slavoljub Šćekić, Slavica Šćekić, ha affermato che assicurare alla giustizia la persona che ha ordinato l'omicidio di suo fratello Slavoljub e gli altri partecipanti dell'ANB non solo soddisferebbe completamente la giustizia, ma sarebbe un avvertimento per tutti i criminali , assassini, carnefici e logisti che non possono uccidere liberamente e rimanere impuniti........

 


La sorella dell'ispettore di polizia assassinato Slavoljub Šćekić, Slavica Šćekić, ha affermato che assicurare alla giustizia la persona che ha ordinato l'omicidio di suo fratello Slavoljub e gli altri partecipanti dell'ANB non solo soddisferebbe completamente la giustizia, ma sarebbe un avvertimento per tutti i criminali , assassini, carnefici e logisti che non possono uccidere liberamente e rimanere impuniti.

"Assicurare alla giustizia la persona che ha ordinato l'omicidio di mio fratello Slavoljub e dei restanti partecipanti dell'ANB_, e infliggere la massima pena detentiva, insieme agli imputati, che sono in custodia, non solo sarà completamente scontato, ma sarebbe un avviso a tutti i criminali/assassini/maestri/logistici che non possono uccidere liberamente, restando impuniti. Lo Stato può solo mostrare, ma anche dimostrare che non copre il crimine e non protegge i criminali, così come che tutti sono uguali davanti alla legge", ha affermato Šćekić.

Ricordiamo, ha recentemente affermato che i logisti dell'ANB e la persona che ha ordinato l'omicidio di suo fratello Slavoljub, sono ancora latitanti e che "come stanno le cose, rimarranno lì per molto tempo, perché il settore della sicurezza non vuole o non ha il coraggio di "spazzarli" con le manette alle mani e piazzati dietro alti muri.


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La vicepresidente del consiglio principale del Partito progressista serbo, Ana Brnabić, in un colloquio con i cittadini di Obrenovac, li ha invitati a partecipare domani a un referendum e a votare per la modifica della Costituzione in materia di giustizia, ma anche a votare per il Partito progressista serbo alle elezioni di aprile, l'unico con un piano e un programma in Serbia.......

 


La vicepresidente del consiglio principale del Partito progressista serbo, Ana Brnabić, in un colloquio con i cittadini di Obrenovac, li ha invitati a partecipare domani a un referendum e a votare per la modifica della Costituzione in materia di giustizia, ma anche a votare per il Partito progressista serbo alle elezioni di aprile, l'unico con un piano e un programma in Serbia.

Brnabic ha espresso gratitudine ai cittadini per il loro sostegno e ha sottolineato che senza il loro aiuto e la loro fiducia, il paese non potrebbe cambiare in meglio.

Brnabic ha sottolineato che il Partito progressista serbo è l'unico con un piano e un programma, mentre tutti gli altri, come ha detto, si dicono contrari a qualcosa.

"Offriamo soluzioni e domani e 3 aprile dovremmo uscire in gran numero e dire che siamo orgogliosi di tutto ciò che abbiamo fatto, ma è importante che siamo tutti una squadra e dobbiamo votare a tutti i livelli", ha affermato Brnabic.

Come ha detto ai cittadini riuniti, nel 2013 la Serbia era "a pochi mesi dal fallimento", senza soldi nel bilancio e nel fondo del PIO.

"Tutte le pensioni sono state pagate con contributi di bilancio, il debito pubblico era più alto, perché prendevano in prestito a tassi di interesse enormi, il deficit di bilancio è in crescita perché hanno speso ciò che non avevamo. Non avevamo nuovi centri clinici, scuole rinnovate, ospedali, ferrovie ", ha affermato Brnabić.

Siamo riusciti, ha aggiunto, a iniziare a riparare le conseguenze dell'alluvione in un lasso di tempo storicamente breve, a investire nella protezione ambientale e nei filtri di desolforazione delle nostre centrali termiche, e ad oggi abbiamo investito più di 600 milioni di euro in quelle filtri.

Brnabic ha ringraziato i cittadini per la fiducia nel loro paese in quel momento, quindi, come ha detto, la Serbia è diventata una vincitrice da un paese perdente.

"Oggi stiamo ampliando il sistema di riscaldamento, il riscaldamento centralizzato, per spegnere il focolare domestico, non solo per una vita più confortevole, ma anche per la qualità dell'aria. Tutti i nostri successi sono i successi del presidente Vučić, ma anche dei cittadini che hanno creduto quando nessuno lo ha fatto. Siamo diventati una nazione vittoriosa nello sport, nella cultura, nella creatività, nell'informatica, siamo riusciti a riportare più giovani in Serbia", ha sottolineato Brnabić.

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Nella scandalosa e bellicosa intervista “Victory”, il presidente della Presidenza della BiH, Zeljko Komsic, ha apertamente invitato i cittadini allo scontro......


 

Nella scandalosa e bellicosa intervista “Victory”, il presidente della Presidenza della BiH, Zeljko Komsic, ha apertamente invitato i cittadini allo scontro.

Sebbene non rappresenti nessuno nella Presidenza, tanto meno croati della BiH per conto dei quali invia messaggi di guerra, perché eletto dai voti della guerra SDA Bakir Izetbegovic, il complesso Komsic non ha scelto le sue parole e ha attaccato selvaggiamente il Popolo serbo in BiH, Republika Srpska e la sua leadership.

"Le forze, almeno per quanto riguarda la BiH, sono uguali. Il compito principale dello stato deve essere quello di proteggere i cittadini della Bosnia-Erzegovina che vivono sotto il tipo di occupazione fascista. In questa occasione, vorrei invitare le truppe della NATO a recarsi, prima di tutto, nei luoghi di rimpatrio nell'entità RS, dove le falangi di Dodik minacciano di massacrare e uccidere civili. Se non lo faranno, non avremo altra scelta che adottare misure per proteggere i cittadini in quelle parti della BiH", ha affermato Komsic.

“Durante la celebrazione della giornata incostituzionale della Republika Srpska, abbiamo ascoltato solo messaggi fascisti basati sulla teoria e la pratica del sangue e della terra; "Orgia fascista e tintinnio di armi accompagnati dalla presenza non solo di criminali di guerra condannati come Vinko Pandurevic, ma anche di coloro che si preparano a commettere nuovi crimini", afferma Komsic.

Komsic, oltre alle scandalose affermazioni che la Republika Srpska sia una zona di occupazione fascista, ha ribadito che si tratta anche di una "creazione genocida".

"Sono d'accordo e rispetto le sentenze dei tribunali internazionali. I verdetti affermano chiaramente che le istituzioni dell'entità della Republika Srpska, il loro esercito e la polizia hanno commesso un genocidio. In tal senso, credo che non sia necessario imporre falsi dilemmi al riguardo. Soprattutto perché sappiamo tutti che "la creazione dell'entità RS non è un prodotto della democrazia o dei processi democratici, ma una forza brutale che includeva tutti gli orrori descritti, e molto di questo non è nelle sentenze dei tribunali internazionali", ha affermato Komsic.

Oltre a definire la Republika Srpska una "creazione genocida" in un'intervista a "Victory", Komsic ha fatto riferimento alla recente cerimonia della Festa della Repubblica, che ha descritto come "l'inizio di una campagna genocida" organizzata da "burattini russi".

"Nella tradizione dell'espansionismo russo, non c'è quasi nessun caso in cui la Russia dia sostegno finanziario ai suoi burattini. Di solito si tratta di supporto logistico, che non è escluso, e da qui i tentativi di formare i cosiddetti. centri umanitari", afferma Komšić.

Nessuno è buono con il burattino immaturo di Bakir Izetbegović e non corrisponde alla sua visione infernale di guerra, sangue e conflitto in BiH: niente serbi e RS, niente Russia e Cina, niente Croazia e Serbia ufficiali, niente UE e potenze occidentali, niente uno secondo Zeljko Komsic.

Invece di affrontare la situazione disperata nella Federazione della BiH, in assenza di qualsiasi risultato economico e visione di sviluppo e rinnovamento, il fantoccio Komsic, agli ordini del suo padrone Bakir Izetbegovic, suona le trombe, sperando di essere nel caos, tumulto e vortice di guerra, per preservare i privilegi e tutto ciò che i "profittatori di guerra" hanno saccheggiato negli anni '90.


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should avoid direct discussions with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Kiev’s former prime minister has advised, amid flaring tensions between the two states.........

 


Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.© Getty Images / Andy Buchanan


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should avoid direct discussions with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Kiev’s former prime minister has advised, amid flaring tensions between the two states.

Speaking as part of an appearance at the Kiev Security Forum, which was broadcast by the YouTube channel Open Ukraine on Wednesday, Arseny Yatsenyuk said that “the best way to deter Russia is to stay strong and be united, both domestically and internationally.”

“I am not criticizing Zelensky, but I would advise him not to have any separate negotiations with Putin,” he weighed in, adding that the Ukrainian president “can talk to Putin only when accompanied by our allies – the US and the EU.”

Otherwise, Yatsenyuk warned that if Zelensky goes head-to-head with Putin, the Russian leader “will eat him for breakfast.”

The Ukrainian politician also slammed the fact the West was holding security guarantees with Russia as “nonsense,” and instead called for the need to impose tough sanctions on the country and its leader.

Yatsenyuk also insisted that Kiev must receive lethal defensive weapons “to deter and stop” Moscow.

The broadside from Ukraine’s former prime minister comes amid heightened hostilities between the two Eastern European states.  On Wednesday, Russian diplomats and representatives from NATO met in Brussels to discuss security concerns on the European continent, in which Kiev was one of the main focus points.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the US-led military bloc, made it clear that NATO was not prepared to compromise on what it considers to be its core values in order to meet Russia's demands.

Last month, Moscow requested written assurances that Ukraine will not be admitted as a member of the bloc. According to the NATO chief, “only Ukraine and 30 allies can decide when Ukraine becomes a member ... Russia does not have a veto.”

Tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border have escalated in recent months. In December, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov warned that “the probability of hostilities in Ukraine is still high” when asked by reporters about the likelihood of a war in the country’s east.

At the end of November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that in Ukraine, “more and more forces and equipment are being accumulated on the line of contact in the Donbas, supported by an increasing number of Western instructors.” The top diplomat also accused Western states of spurring on officials in Kiev to engage in anti-Russian provocations, which he cautioned could “turn into military adventures.”

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Virginia Giuffre was a teenager working as a locker-room assistant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 2000 when she says she was approached by Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell asked her if she wanted to become a massage therapist..........

 

Virginia Giuffre, who has become a prominent advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.
Virginia Giuffre, who has become a prominent advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA

Virginia Giuffre was a teenager working as a locker-room assistant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 2000 when she says she was approached by Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell asked her if she wanted to become a massage therapist.

Giuffre had been trying to get her life back on track, and this job was a key part of that plan. She has recounted how she had been sexually abused as a child, found herself moving in and out of foster care homes, and at 14 had been living on the streets suffering yet more abuse.

She has recalled how she initially thought Maxwell and her close friend, Jeffrey Epstein, were “nice people” looking to help her earn some extra money. She had opened up to them about her past. “That was the worst thing I could have told them because now they knew how vulnerable I was,” Giuffre told the BBC in 2019.

Soon, Giuffre says, she was being sexually abused by Epstein, and alleges she was “passed around like a platter of fruit” among his high-profile friends, including Prince Andrew.

Now, after years of fighting to be heard, Giuffre is at the centre of one of the world’s most-watched legal battles, alleging that Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17.

This week, a New York judge refused to throw out Giuffre’s civil case against the prince. The ruling could see Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegations, divulging aspects of his personal life in open court this autumn.

While it may be possible for the duke to reach an out-of-court settlement with Giuffre, possibly costing him millions, there are suggestions she wants her day in court.

Giuffre, who has become a prominent advocate for survivors of sexual misconduct, has said she wants her allegations against the Duke of York and other high-profile men in Epstein’s orbit to be heard.

“It wasn’t just Jeffrey and Ghislaine who participated in this,” Giuffre claimed in an interview with New York magazine earlier this week, speaking from her home in Perth, Australia, where she is raising a family of three children with her husband Robert.

“Justice to me looks like holding all of these people involved in the sex ring, those who greased its wheels, named and shamed.”

Giuffre added that she was “sick of carrying around that shame. That shame doesn’t belong to me.”

Giuffre has said she was somewhat relieved when 60-year-old Maxwell, daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, was convicted of sex trafficking charges in December.

Prince Andrew, who failed this week in his bid to have his case dismissed.
Prince Andrew, who failed this week in his attempt to have his case dismissed. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

“It’s a bittersweet emotion because I have been fighting for so long,” she told New York magazine. “It doesn’t stop with Maxwell. But it’s definitely a relief to know that she’s off the streets.”

Epstein, a once wealthy and powerful financier, killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

The next stage in Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Andrew and other men, including Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who is accused of having sex with Giuffre when she was a teenager, may be discovery. Dershowitz denies the allegations.

Andrew would be asked to provide information ahead of a possible deposition at which he is likely to be questioned about Giuffre and his associations with Epstein and Maxwell.

The focus on his personal life could prove embarrassing for the prince. “Lawyers file cases because they know the other side will not want to answer questions and will pay a lot of money to avoid doing that,” says former sex crimes prosecutor Wendy Murphy. 

Murphy says she believes Andrew “will try to delay it for years, or he’ll offer a very large amount of money – far more than the case is worth – because he’ll want to prevent himself from answering any questions.”

This week’s decision comes 21 years after Giuffre’s alleged encounter with Andrew at Tramp nightclub, in which she recalls the duke sweating profusely on the dancefloor. In an interview with Newsnight in 2019, Andrew memorably countered this claim, saying he is unable to sweat. Giuffre alleges she was sexually abused by Andrew later that night in Maxwell’s London townhouse. The prince denies the allegations, saying he was at home after a children’s party at Pizza Express in Woking.

Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, spent four years as Epstein’s personal masseuse, during which she alleges she was trafficked to the financier’s friends and clients. In a 2009 civil lawsuit against Epstein, under the pseudonym “Jane Doe 102”, she alleged that her duties included being “sexually exploited by Epstein’s adult male peers including royalty”. Giuffre reached a $500,000 settlement with Epstein in that case before it went to trial.

She also sued and settled for an undisclosed sum with Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit. Giuffre filed the current civil lawsuit against the duke for sexual abuse, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress just five days short of the closing of a window in New York’s Child’s Sex Act that had been opened to clear a backlog of claims against religious institutions.

In the civil case, the decision this week marked a first-round victory against the duke’s effort to have the case dismissed on the grounds that her agreement with Epstein covered all “potential defendants”. Kaplan ruled that the the case could proceed.

There are still many legal steps in the process before a potential trial. The duke’s lawyers are likely to argue that Judge Lewis Kaplan’s court is the wrong venue to air Giuffre’s claims because neither party resides in the United States.

If such a challenge came down in the duke’s favor, however, Giuffre is highly unlikely to end her pursuit. 

“I think it takes time to heal, and this justice is part of the process,” Giuffre told New York magazine before the decision this week. “Now I can start really working past Maxwell and thinking about the others who need to be held accountable.”

She added: “No matter how rich or how connected you are.”


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Even for a White House familiar with roadblocks and frustration, Thursday’s setbacks on vaccine mandates and voting rights came as hammer blows............

 

A closeup of Joe Biden's face with the American flag in the background.
Joe Biden speaks on the infrastructure law on 14 January. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Even for a White House familiar with roadblocks and frustration, Thursday’s setbacks on vaccine mandates and voting rights came as hammer blows.

Aside from the immediate derailing of two key policy tenets of Joe Biden’s administration, the vaccine ruling by the supreme court, which quickly followed Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema’s public assassination of his voting reform efforts, prompted a new round of questions over whether his presidency was doomed.

Crucially, serious agonizing is now going on about what Biden’s woes might mean for the Democratic party’s fortunes in midterm elections later this year, when Republicans are tipped to seize back control of both chambers of Congress.

With Biden’s public popularity sinking – in one poll this week to a new low of 33% – and with another centrist Democratic senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, having already capsized the president’s flagship $1.75tn Build Back Better domestic spending plan, some analysts say time is running short to impress voters ahead of the November polls.

“The whole first year is gone. And in the end, nothing,” said Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia’ Center for Politics, referring to the lengthy but fruitless discussions with Manchin over the make-up of the plan. “Manchin led him down the rosy path then threw him into the briar patch. ‘Would you change that? You changed that, well, I don’t like this thing over here. Oh, you changed that, well, there’s these two things …’”

Sabato added: “But the voting rights debacle is the worst of all because why was Biden elected other than that people wanted to get rid of Trump? It was because he was seen as experienced and competent. What’s the experience gotten us exactly? I just don’t understand how we got here.”

Several of Biden’s misfortunes, Sabato said, are not directly of his own making. He has made repeated efforts to change the minds of both Manchin and Sinema, most recently in seemingly unsuccessful late-night talks at the White House on Thursday in an attempt to salvage his agenda.

Kyrsten Sinema blocks filibuster reform as Biden continues ‘fight’ for voting rights – video
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Kyrsten Sinema blocks filibuster reform as Biden continues ‘fight’ for voting rights – video

But Sabato also believes that the president’s handling of various situations, and poor direction from advisers, particularly over the Covid-19 pandemic, runaway inflation, and last year’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, have combined to leave Biden exposed.

About inflation, Sabato says: “Biden’s team simply missed it badly, they got it very, very wrong, and they’re continuing probably to get it wrong. They’re downplaying it and they’re going to tame it by mid-year. Maybe, but I’ll be surprised.”

On Afghanistan, Sabato said, Biden “threw it away again”.

“It could have been a big plus had it been handled correctly because just about everybody – Democrat, Republican – was more than willing to get out of Afghanistan. It was a very bad performance by his team. They couldn’t know what was gonna happen? He’s responsible for his advisers, so he can be blamed for it.”

On Friday, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that the president would hold a rare, formal press conference next Wednesday to mark his first year in office. As well as answering difficult questions about the administration’s failures, Biden will talk up its successes, namely the $1tn infrastructure bill he signed in November, and the $1.9tn Covid relief plan from last spring.

Having appeared fatigued by Thursday’s rejections, a more buoyant Biden followed up with his own briefing on Friday afternoon, accompanied by Mitch Landrieu, the former New Orleans mayor he appointed to oversee the implementation of the infrastructure act.

“There’s a lot of talk about disappointments and things we haven’t gotten done. We’re going to get a lot of them done, I might add,” Biden said. “But this [infrastructure] is something we did get done, and it’s of enormous consequence to the country.”

Some analysts suggest the touting of past glories displays a lack of confidence in what can still be achieved in the almost 10 months until the midterms, something Biden seemed to acknowledge on Thursday when he said: “I don’t know whether we can get this done,” after a Capitol Hill meeting with Democrats over voting rights.

Biden hails ‘monumental step forward’ as Democrats pass infrastructure bill – video
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Biden hails ‘monumental step forward’ as Democrats pass infrastructure bill – video

The obstacles ahead of Biden are certainly substantial. They range from Democrats’ internal divisions between progressives and moderates, stonewalling by Republicans in Congress and the Donald Trump-created conservative super-majority on the supreme court that has already delivered several blows, and appears poised this summer to overturn five decades of abortion rights.

Yet Biden is committed to trying to salvage what he can from what promises to be a testing few months. “Like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try it a second time,” he told reporters about voting rights efforts.

Similarly, he is also likely to attempt to get through Congress individual elements of the Build Back Better plan that are acceptable to Senate moderates, including universal pre-kindergarten education, subsidized child care and a number of climate provisions.

“They may try to get pieces of Build Back Better, or build back something as we now call it, but everyone’s going to describe it as crumbs from the table,” Sabato said.

“If they’d started with that, people would say, ‘Wow, that’s incredible, pre-K for everybody’, or whatever piece they decided to pick, it didn’t really matter which one. But now it will appear to people as this tiny piece of what the president started out with, [and] tremendous disappointment in Democratic ranks. By the end of the story you won’t even know what passed.”

In November last year, Biden, who will be 81 at the time of the 2024 presidential election, announced his intention to run for a second term.

Publicly at least, he retains the support of his party, but the Washington Post reported in December rumblings of discontent in Democratic circles about his leadership. An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this week, citing the unpopularity of both Biden and Vice-president Kamala Harris, even floated the idea of a comeback for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee beaten by Trump in 2016, to fill what its authors called a “leadership vacuum”.

In the wake of this week’s disappointments, the possibility of an alternative Democratic ticket for 2024 emerged again, the Washington Post columnist and political analyst Perry Bacon Jr suggesting there were “plenty of strong candidates” if Biden or Harris do not run.

“Biden hasn’t cracked some magic political code. Despite his white maleness and appeals to unity, Washington is gridlocked, Republican voters hate the president and his party is poised to do poorly in the midterms,” Bacon wrote on Friday. “It seems entirely possible that Biden runs in 2024 and loses to a Republican challenger. Democrats simply might be better off with someone new.”


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