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Hawley tells Garland his choices: Invoke Constitutional law or prosecute Biden

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said that Attorney General Merrick Garland is at a crossroads after Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Hur declined to charge President Joe Biden for mishandling classified documents because of his mental state. 

Hur’s report, which was made public on Thursday, found that after a months-long investigation, Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” but he concluded that no criminal charges were warranted, because based on “direct interactions with and observations of” the president, Hur and his team said “[i]t would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

Hawley, who also served as attorney general of Missouri from 2017 to 2019, said Friday that Garland “can’t have it both ways” by not charging the president and also declining to recommend invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which authorizes the vice president and a majority of the president’s cabinet or Congress to decide whether the president is unable to perform their duties. 

“I’m calling on [Garland] publicly now to do what I think is required under the law in the Constitution . . . either charge the president, or he will go to the cabinet and tell them, ‘I believe we have to invoke the 25th Amendment.’ He’s got to do one or the other,” Hawley told Fox News Digital in an interview. 

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“If he doesn’t, it will just confirm what everybody thinks, which is that there are two tiers of justice and that Garland himself is completely complicit in the corruption of this administration,” Hawley said. 

Hawley noted that every prosecutor has to weigh whether they can get a conviction, which ultimately informs the charging decision. 

But in Hawley’s view, what is “unique” in Hur’s case is that he concluded that the elements of a crime were present, but chose not to charge based on the president’s mental state.

“He concluded that the elements of a crime were present, namely that the president had willfully retained and disclosed classified information, so he knew it. I mean, the report makes it very clear he knew that it was classified information, this was done over years and decades — not just a couple of months — and he willfully did it,” says Hawley. 

“But he ultimately recommends against prosecution, not because he didn’t do it, but because, basically, Biden is mentally unfit to be prosecuted. Because he doesn’t think that he can get a jury to ultimately convict, because the president is so mentally unstable,” Hawley added. 

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Garland has ultimate authority over whether to agree with Hur’s recommendations or to pursue charges against the president. 

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Hawley says that Garland’s “only recourse,” should he decide not to press charges — noting that DOJ brought charges against former president Donald Trump on “precisely the same grounds — is to go to the rest of Biden’s cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment. 

“It can’t be that . . . ‘He’s totally fit to continue in office, but we’re not going to prosecute him.’ I mean, that’s just — that would be the most brazen miscarriage of justice and degradation of the rule of law,” Hawley charged. 

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President Biden in a press conference late Thursday night addressed the report, saying his memory is “fine,” and defended his re-election campaign, adding that he is “the most qualified person in this country to be president.”

Hur described Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” 

Biden said Thursday night that he agreed. 

“I’m well-meaning, and I’m an elderly man, and I know what the hell I’m doing,” Biden said. “I’ve been president. I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation.”

Biden added: “My memory is fine.”

Meanwhile, Hur said in the report that Biden, during his interview with the special counsel’s team, could not remember key details, such as when he was vice president. 

“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse,” the report states. “He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 — when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’).”

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“He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died,” the report continued. “And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving memo to President Obama.”

“In a case where the government must prove that Mr. Biden knew he had possession of the classified Afghanistan documents after the vice presidency and chose to keep those documents, knowing he was violating the law, we expect that at trial, his attorneys would emphasize these limitations in his recall,” the report said.

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Hawley’s comments come after Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., sent a letter to Garland Thursday night, sharing her “grave concerns” following Hur’s report.

“After concluding that President Biden knowingly and willfully removed, mishandled, and disclosed classified documents repeatedly over a period of decades, Mr. Hur nevertheless recommended that charges not be brought against him,” Tenney wrote. “Special Counsel’s reasoning was alarming.”

Fox News Digtial’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Snowboarder’s quick thinking saves his life when mountain lion attack, sustains cuts

A man in Utah used his handy snowboard to defend himself after a mountain lion attacked him on the snowy slopes.

Charlie Duffy wrote in an Instagram post of his near-death experience at a ski resort in Beaver Mountain, Utah on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Duffy told local station, KSL-TV, that he was walking along when he noticed fresh paw prints that immediately put him “on edge.”

“A little less than halfway through, I started to see some fresh paw prints,” Duffy said. “And that just got me, you know, on edge. Aware of my surroundings, just constantly looking around.”

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Moments later, the snowboarder said that he looked up and noticed a mountain lion just steps away.

“I looked over my left shoulder and, you know, five or six feet behind me, about three or four feet up I saw a mountain lion,” he told the local outlet.

In his social media post, Duffy said that the mountain lion looked like it was “getting ready to pounce.”

The young man acted quickly, and swung his snowboard “with full force” at the mountain lion that was jumping towards him.

“My fight response instantly kicked in, and I grabbed my board in my right hand and swung with full force at the jumping mountain lion,” he wrote on Instagram.

Duffy said that the large cat “barely” grazed his neck before it got knocked to the ground by his handy snowboard.

He said that his brush with death was not over, and the mountain lion proceeded to get back up and lumber towards him.

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Duffy wrote that he noticed that the cat was “starving to death” and was injured from the snowboard-induced blow.

“I kept pushing it back, and it eventually ran off very disoriented,” Duffy wrote. “I am lucky to be here today and to only receive a couple of small scratches from the cat.”

Photos posted on Instagram showed Duffy’s torn jacket where the mountain lion attacked him. 

After sharing his story on Instagram, snowboard brands Nitro and 686 pledged to send Duffy some new snowboarding gear.

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“Insane! We gotta send you a new board!!! Glad you are okay,” Nitro Snowboards commented.

“INSANE. We’re gonna get that repaired for you,” 686 wrote.

Ex-Obama chief strategist CNN commentator issues warning after Biden news conference

Former Obama advisor and CNN senior political analyst David Axelrod recently claimed that President Biden’s “angry” press conference in response to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on him “reinforces the meme” that the president is too old.

Axelrod told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that the president’s defiant response Thursday night to Hur’s findings that he has “poor memory” and thus should not be charged for illegally holding classified documents, probably did not solve the “problem” of the majority of voters thinking he’s too old and too incompetent for the job.

The analyst, who has been critical of Biden’s age and fitness for office for months now, made his comments shortly after Biden finished the press conference where he dinged Hur for characterizing him as elderly and forgetful and sparred with reporters asking him about the special counsel’s points.

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Axelrod began by stating he understands why Biden had the press conference, noting that Hur’s report was “red-hot and out there and list people felt he needed to – and his people felt he needed respond to it.”

However, he added, “Whether the response was adequate, or whether it creates more problems, I think is another question.”

“He did contradict elements of the special counsel’s report. And that undoubtedly will go on,” he said, adding, “And then he was quite angry, not just at the release, or the characterizations of the special counsel, but of what some of the reporters were asking him.”

Axelrod stressed that the age and mental fitness issue is “a problem for the president” and warned that Biden seems to be “reinforcing” people’s impression of him as too old.

“Anderson, the most damaging things that can happen in politics – there are things that reinforce a meme that’s out there that is hurting you. And the central meme that is hurting the president is this issue of age. It’s a big barrier.”

He continued, stating, “People don’t give him credit for what he’s done. They blame him for everything that happens and a lot of it has to do with their feelings about his age. So it’s not wise to say to a reporter, ‘That’s your interpretation.’ It’s not. There’s reams of polling material about this.”

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Axelrod concluded his point, saying, “But I’m not sure that he solved his problem tonight.”

Later in the segment, the former Obama official responded to arguments saying that Biden’s gaffes at the presser – like getting the President of Egypt confused with the President of Mexico – are mistakes anyone can make when public speaking. 

“It is true, all of us make mistakes at times, and misstate things. We’re human beings,” Axelrod said, adding, “The problem is this has become a real thing. Now, every time the president does that, it becomes a story. It becomes the thing and it goes viral on social media, where he’s getting pounded on this age issue, particularly among younger people.”

He concluded, “So that is a stubborn problem that is an obstacle to get, you know, in his campaign moving forward.”

Axelrod made similar comments to The New York Times following the release of Hur’s report, saying, “Fair or not, you can’t unring the bell.” He noted that report “goes to the core of what is plaguing Biden politically now, which is a widespread fear that he’s not up to it.”

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Bill Maher says Biden can be switched out at the DNC convention

“Real Time” host Bill Maher suggested it’s not too late for Democrats to dump President Biden at the DNC convention this summer following the explosive special counsel report. 

During a panel discussion Friday night, Maher revived his nickname for the president, “Ruth Bader Biden,” following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s revelations about Biden’s cognitive abilities. 

“I said he was going to be the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of presidential politics… He stayed too long at the fair,” Maher said. “Bubbling up this week… he won’t do the Super Bowl interview, which is not a hard one, mixing up all the world leaders and then this report that came out.”

“Republicans are brilliant at using this. This is a little bit like the Comey letter, a little like the Starr report,” he later said. 

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Maher recalled comments Biden made during the 2020 election cycle when he referred to himself as a “bridge” for Democrats, insisting that was a “big hint” that he wasn’t intending to seek reelection. 

“He said ‘I see myself as a bridge’ that’s collapsing,” Maher quipped. “‘I see myself as a bridge.’ I read that as one term. And I guess the question now is, is it too late? And I don’t think it is because I still think you can do it at the convention. People have said to me, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous. They’ll look like-‘ They’ll look like nothing. Nobody gives a f— what they do at the convention.”

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“You can switch him out at the convention… If a guy says ‘I can’t run,’ then you have to do it. Then it has to be somebody else. Then it’s an open convention. We’ve had open conventions many times… They make it up as they go along anyway. It’s politics,” Maher later added. 

While Maher was largely dismissive of the Hur probe, he did have some fun at the expense of the president during his opening monologue, first going after him over his decision to skip the Super Bowl interview for the second year in the row.

“We’re not asking him to go on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” Maher joked. 

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He later poked fun at Biden mixing up Egypt with Mexico during Thursday night’s press conference when talking about Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. 

“In the middle of explaining that he’s perfectly fine and he doesn’t mix things up, he mixed up who the president of Egypt El-Sisi and said he was the president of Mexico. This is like claiming in front of your wife that you’re not a cheater when the burner phone goes off,” Maher joked. We knew he was old when we elected him, alright? Joe- he’s like that goldfish you get at the fair- don’t get attached.”

He continued, “And who hasn’t mixed up the president of Mexico and the and the president of Egypt? I once invited the leader of Egypt to a dinner party when I meant to invite the president of Mexico. Then it was like, ‘Oh, I hope you like tacos!” 

Regional bank hit with 3rd credit downgrade as crisis concerns linger

New York Community Bank (NYCB) was hit with its third credit downgrade as fears linger that the regional bank could be in peril nearly a year after the regional banking sector was hit by a crisis that triggered some of the largest bank failures in U.S. history.

Morningstar DBRS on Thursday downgraded NYCB’s credit rating and cited “outsized” exposure to commercial real estate (CRE) that the bank has pledged to reduce in the months ahead. CRE borrowers have been under pressure due to the higher interest rate environment as well as lower occupancy rates due to the rise of remote work.

The downgrade comes after rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s also lowered NYCB’s ratings in the last week. Last Friday, Fitch cut NYCB’s rating from BBB to BBB-, its lowest investment grade rating, while Moody’s lowered NYCB’s rating to Ba2, a non-investment grade or “junk” tier, on Wednesday. 

“Liquidity appears sufficient, but given the bank failures last spring, we remain cautious given that the adverse headline risk, including a significant decline in NYCB’s stock price, could eventually spook customer and depositor confidence,” Morningstar DBRS said of its downgrade.

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Investors’ concerns about NYCB came to a head last week after the company posted a surprise loss and announced a dividend cut to boost reserves required by banking regulations, along with its exposure to the CRE market. Those worries sent the bank’s stock plunging to its lowest level since 2000.

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NYCB’s management has tried to bolster investor confidence as the company’s stock has fallen over 59% in the last month, including a more than 6% decline during Thursday’s trading. Newly-appointed executive chairman Alessandro DiNello said Wednesday that NYCB will consider the sale of loans in its commercial real estate portfolio or let them run off the balance sheet naturally.

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The lender also indicated that if necessary, it would consider shrinking its balance sheet by selling non-core assets to shore up its common equity tier 1 ratio, a key measure of financial strength.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said during a hearing Thursday that she expects additional stress and some financial losses due to weakness in the CRE market, but that banking regulators are working with banks to address those risks.

NYCB set aside more capital to meet regulatory requirements for capital and liquidity that came into effect after the bank surpassed the $100 billion in total assets threshold.

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NYCB was founded in 1859 and has long served as a small regional bank. Between 2000 and 2023, it completed 13 acquisitions to grow to its current size. 

Among those acquisitions was Signature Bank, which failed during last year’s regional banking crisis. It also recently acquired Flagstar Bank, which allowed it to expand its footprint around the country.

Last year’s regional banking crisis saw some of the largest bank failures in U.S. history. First Republic Bank’s failure became the second largest, trailing only Washington Mutual’s failure in 2008 and surpassing the 2023 failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Taylor Swift fan lays down strict ground rule: she won’t watch SB LVIII if others ‘rant’ on star

A young woman who calls herself a “huge” Taylor Swift fan is refusing to join her boyfriend at his parents’ house on Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl — the biggest football game of the year, to put it mildly — because the boyfriend’s father can’t stand Swift and has been going on wild “rants” against the pop star, according to a social media post that’s prompted hundreds of people to chime in on the dispute.

The young woman said she’s “prepared to possibly upset some people” by sharing her story, according to her written post, but indicated she believes strongly in her point of view and wanted to know others’ perspectives on it.

She wrote that her boyfriend — they’re both 23, according to her post — have been together “since high school (about five years) and we live together,” the young woman wrote on the Reddit page known as “AITA” (“Am I the a–hole?”). 

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She added that the couple “are very solid” and the standoff between them isn’t “a relationship-jeopardizing issue.”

However, wrote the woman, who goes by the username “throwRAfiba,” she “would simply just like to know” if she’s in the wrong for her opinion, she said.

“I love Taylor Swift,” the woman wrote.

“I’ve loved her for as long as I can remember, [ever] since she released her first album when I was like five,” said the woman. 

“Her music has been a part of my life for my whole life, and if you listen to her, you know that it can really resonate.”

She said she’s simply looking for some respect for the way she feels.

She added, “I can’t express enough — I am a huge fan. Everyone knows this about me.”

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But her boyfriend’s father, she wrote, “has a tendency to be quite misogynistic.”

And “maybe,” the young woman also said, “what you could call ‘old school.’”

She said the father has been going off on long “tangents” about Taylor Swift’s connection to the Super Bowl this football season and her presence at playoff games. 

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“It’s not just that she’s being shown” at games that’s bothering the father, wrote the young woman — “but that her music sucks, she sucks, she’s this, she’s that.”

The young woman said she’s simply looking for some respect for the way she feels.

“I feel like you don’t even have to like her or her music to respect that someone is a fan,” she said.

“And before anyone tells me to ‘just ignore it,’” she noted that the father’s angry “rants” about Swift potentially could go on for the entire game

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The woman reported that her boyfriend asked her “today if I’d want to watch the Super Bowl at his parents’ house. Normally it would be an immediate yes,” she said — but she replied that she’d go only if the father kept quiet about Taylor Swift.

She said her boyfriend “agrees” the behavior is “overboard” but thinks she’s a fool “for making it a condition because that’s ‘just how he is.’”

Said the woman of her boyfriend’s father, “He can be pretty intimidating, so I’m not about to start conflict over Taylor Swift. I just simply won’t go.”

She asked others about her stance, “Am I being petty?”

Fox News Digital reached out to a psychologist for insights into the situation.

“It’s a good test of the relationship with her boyfriend to be able to set gentle but firm boundaries with her potential future father-in-law.” 

“This young woman has a right to her feelings and her tastes but doesn’t have a right to try to change her boyfriend’s father’s feelings,” said Erica Komisar, a New York-based psychoanalyst, parenting authority and author, to Fox News Digital.

“She does have the right to have her boundaries respected,” Komisar added. “It’s a good test of the relationship with her boyfriend to be able to set gentle but firm boundaries with her potential future father-in-law.” 

She added, “By using an ‘I’ statement and telling the future father-in-law how his criticism of Swift makes her feel, she builds a relationship with her boyfriend’s dad, whereas if she skips the Super Bowl, it’s a missed opportunity to address issues that will persist throughout her relationship.”

Said Komisar, “She may even earn her father-in-law’s respect by setting limits.”

One commenter wrote on the subreddit about the story, addressing the remarks directly to the young woman, “Not sure why you’d want to subject yourself to a predictable 3-hour long session of comments you’ll find cringy and enraging — and there’s no way your [boyfriend] will defend you if it happens, given that he’s already minimizing his father’s actions.”

Added the commenter in this top “upvoted” comment, “So I’d take a pass if I were you.”

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The writer also said the boyfriend would not be kind if he “guilted you into going.” 

Wrote another person in a popular comment, “Why waste time there? If anything, find a friend you can enjoy it with instead. Turn the [boyfriend] down, and let him know you’d rather have fun.”

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Another responder took a completely different tack.

“Show up with snacks and say you’re here for the Taylor Swift Bowl.”

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Biden admin confirms terms used to search Americans’ bank accounts

EXCLUSIVE: The Biden administration has confirmed that terms like “MAGA,” “Trump” and “Kamala” were included in the push by federal investigators for banks to surveil private financial transactions following the Jan. 6, 2021 protests at the U.S. Capitol, a letter obtained by Fox News Digital reveals.

The letter, sent Friday from the Treasury Department to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, notes that “Exchange events” convened by its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, “began shortly after January 6 under the prior Administration,” and “included terms such as ‘antifa,’ ‘MAGA,’ ‘Trump,’ ‘Biden,’ ‘Kamala,’ ‘Schumer,’ and ‘Pelosi.’”

This marks the first time the Biden administration has gone on the record to confirm some of the keywords included in the Jan. 6-related push by investigators.

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The letter, signed by Acting Assistant Secretary Corey Tellez, comes in response to a letter sent by Scott to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen demanding answers from the Department and FinCEN after revelations of the surveillance using “politically charged search terms” to flag customer profiles to federal law enforcement surfaced.

In his letter, Scott wrote that the surveillance “represents a flagrant violation of Americans’ privacy and the improper targeting of U.S. citizens for exercising their constitutional rights without due process.”

Scott previously voted for the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, which codified the FinCEN Exchange program to facilitate the sharing of data between law enforcement and financial institutions in an effort to combat crimes like money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Fox News Digital’s exclusive report on the surveillance revealed that FinCEN provided materials to financial institutions suggesting they search and filter Americans’ financial data using keywords and search terms, as well as merchant category codes to aid law enforcement in identifying persons of interest ahead of the Jan. 20, 2021 inauguration — weeks after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protests.

The terms and codes were discovered as part of a House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government investigation. The committees obtained documents indicating that MCC codes were used to query transactions like: “3484: Small Arms,” “5091: Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies” and the keywords “Cabela’s,” “Dick’s Sporting Goods” and “Bass Pro Shops,” among others.

The House Judiciary Committee also obtained documents revealing that FinCEN warned financial institutions that an “extremism indicator” could be “the purchase of books (including religious texts),” like the Bible, and subscriptions to certain media “containing extremist views.”

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Sources familiar told Fox News Digital last month that the search terms, like “MAGA” and “Trump,” were generated by a bank and used to help them identify suspicious transactions when reviewing customer transactional information. It is unclear which bank generated the search terms. 

The sources said FinCEN then shared those terms with other banks to help those financial institutions to comply with their own suspicious activity reports. However, beyond the terms identified by the House Judiciary Committee, the unnamed bank generated other terms, which FinCEN shared with other banks, the sources told Fox News Digital. 

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The source said the additional search terms included: “White Power,” “Camp Auschwitz,” “Antifa,” “Proud B,” “Storm, the,” “Capitol,” “Groyper Army,” “Threepers,” “boogaloo,” “civil war,” “last sons,” “kill,” “shoot,” “gun,” “death,” “murder,” “Biden,” “Kamala,” “Pelosi,” “Schumer” and “Pence.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Scott for comment.

Former superstar athlete Bo Jackson awarded $21 million in legal battle against family

Former superstar athlete Bo Jackson was awarded $21 million in a civil case against his niece and nephew who he says were blackmailing and stalking him.

The lawsuit, filed in April, alleged that Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister, Erica M. Anderson Ross, tried to extort $20 million from the Pro Bowler and MLB All-Star through harassment and intimidation.

Jackson claimed the harassment started in 2022 and included threatening social media posts and messages, public allegations that put him in a false light and public disclosure of private information intended to cause him severe emotional distress. 

They also threatened to appear at and disrupt a charity event hosted by Jackson near his alma mater, Auburn University

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The Andersons then asked for money in exchange for them ending their conduct.

Jackson’s niece and nephew were also ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from the ex-running back and outfielder, and they are not allowed to contact Jackson or any of his immediate family members.

“Unfortunately for those attempting to extort $20 million dollars from Jackson and his family, Bo still hits back hard,” Jackson’s attorneys — Robert Ingram and David Conley — said Monday in a news release about the case.

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Jackson was the first overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he opted to play baseball and sign with the Kansas City Royals. However, when Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis was interested in allowing him to play both baseball and football, Jackson joined the Raiders the following year.

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His NFL career ended after he dislocated a hip during the playoffs of the 1990 season. He did, however, continue playing baseball until 1994. He had a career .250 average and .783 OPS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lawmakers blame ‘disastrous’ Dem policies for second violent migrant attack in two weeks

New York GOP lawmakers are sounding off after a second violent migrant attack happened in just two weeks, calling it a crisis of “epic proportions.” 

“Let’s be clear on one thing: President Biden and Governor Hochul’s executive actions caused this crisis,” Rep. Marcus Molinaro, R-N.Y., said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“We’re now seeing innocent people being terrorized by criminals and a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in New York State and across the country,” he added. “You solve this crisis by closing the border, repealing New York’s sanctuary state status, and toughening penalties for violent offenders in New York.”

We’re now seeing innocent people being terrorized by criminals and a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in New York State and across the country.

— Rep. Marcus Molinaro, R-N.Y.

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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., said that the recent surge in violent crimes by migrants “should not be surprising” due to Democratic leadership supporting “open border policies.”

“These dangerous criminals will continue to wreak havoc on our taxpayer-funded resources and threaten the safety of our community until Democrats reverse these dangerous policies. Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams must prioritize the safety of law-abiding citizens over the interests of these criminals,” she said.

Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., echoed Molinaro’s sentiments, blaming New York City’s “disgusting” sanctuary city status, which he says “caused this mess.”

Langworthy said that it’s “unconscionable” to allow violent crime to continue to happen across New York, calling for Gov. Kathy Hochul to “end this madness.”

“The impact isn’t limited to NYC; communities across our state, including my own district in Western New York, are feeling the effects of Governor Hochul’s sanctuary state status. It’s unconscionable to allow this to continue, and I urge Governor Hochul and the New York City Council to end this madness immediately.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said that the recent migrant-involved crimes are Democratic leadership “coming to a head.”

“Over the past two weeks in New York City, we’ve seen groups of migrants assaulting NYPD officers, shooting at police officers and snatching phones to commit identity theft and financial fraud. This is on top of 1,200 arrests of migrants for crimes including robberies, stabbings, assaults and even murder,” Rep. Malliotakis said.

“Instead of detaining and deporting these criminals, the city has released almost all of them back onto the street, so they can return to their luxury hotel rooms funded by taxpayers and continue to wreak havoc in our community,” she continued. “What you’re seeing taking place is Democrats’ disastrous policies at the city, state and federal levels coming to a head.”

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The New York representative blamed President Biden’s immigration policies and Gov. Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams for “incentivizing” migrants to come to the Big Apple.

“President Joe Biden has opened our borders to let them in, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams incentivized them to come to New York, the state’s bail law releases them from jail and the city’s sanctuary policies shields them from deportation,” Malliotakis said.

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The Republican representative’s sentiments come after two violent migrant attacks in New York City in the span of just two weeks.

On Jan. 27, two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were attacked in Times Square.

Footage from the brutal attack showed a group of migrants kicking and punching the officers before running away.

One hooded suspect wearing a backpack can then be seen kicking one of the officers twice in the head as he grapples on the ground; another suspect in a red top kicks him in the back.

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As the struggle continues, the suspect in the red jacket returns and kicks the other officer in the back.

Another hooded suspect wearing a backpack then arrives on the scene and takes a big swinging kick at one of the officer’s heads. The migrant falls to the ground as he tries to execute the kick.

The suspects are then seen running off.

The unidentified officers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene, police said. One officer sustained cuts to the face while the other had bruising to the body, according to sources.

A week and a half later, on Thursday, Feb. 8, a teenage migrant allegedly shot a woman at a Times Square clothing store before opening fire on NYPD officers.

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Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figureoa, 15, was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service in Yonkers, New York, just north of the Bronx, without incident.

In addition to Thursday’s shooting, Rivas-Figureoa is suspected in an armed robbery in the Bronx and a shots-fired incident in Midtown Manhattan, police said.

The White House, Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.