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Military tracking high-altitude mystery balloon traveling over western United States

The U.S. military is tracking a high-altitude balloon over the Western United States, two U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Friday. 

It was spotted by U.S. military aircraft and determined to not be a threat. 

The origin of this balloon and its purpose are not yet known, the two officials said.

The balloon is drifting east in the jet stream. 

This is a developing story.

Jonathan Turley fires back at Trump judge’s latest ruling on $355M penalty in fraud case

Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley concluded on “America’s Newsroom” Friday that there has been “no sense of equity” in the New York civil fraud case against former President Trump after the judge denied a request to delay enforcement of the $355 million penalty. Turley took issue with Judge Arthur Engoron writing that Trump had “failed to explain” a reason why the judgment should be delayed

JUDGE IN TRUMP CIVIL FRAUD CASE DENIES REQUEST TO DELAY $355 MILLION PENALTY

JONATHAN TURLEY: [The judge’s quote] was funny because the explanation is in the figure. He just imposed a $355 million judgment with a law that has never been used in this way. That’s the reason, and it’s rather obvious. But you also have people like [Attorney General Letitia] James, who have never built a thing other than their political careers, who are now treating these buildings as if they’re theirs. I mean, she said that she’s eyeballing a couple of properties that she might want to seize, like this is a fire sale. And the fact is that the judge showed absolutely no sense of equity in any of this. His decision is the decision of a single jurist. And this party wants to have a review, but in order to do that, he has to pony up what is about a half a billion dollars. And that has a gross unfairness to it when you combine the use of the law and the size of his judgment and then this requirement for a deposit. He just simply brushed those aside and his tone almost bordered on the mocking.

Trump lawyers had asked Engoron to delay enforcement of the payment by 30 days to allow time for an “orderly post-judgment process.”

In an email to the defendants posted Thursday to the court docket, Engoron said they had “failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay.”

“I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights,” he wrote. 

Last week, Trump was barred from operating his business in New York for three years and was found liable for $355 million in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James. 

James said Monday she was prepared to seize Trump’s assets if he is unable to pay the massive judgment handed down in his civil fraud case.

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Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Phone records appear to throw wrench in testimonies of Wade and Willis about their affair

Nathan Wade appears to have made far more visits to the neighborhood of Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis than previously admitted in court. 

A Friday filing from the attorney of former President Trump claims to show at least 35 visits by Wade to the Hapeville neighborhood before he was hired.

Wade testified last week that he did not visit Willis’ condo more than 10 times before being hired in November 2021. Willis and Wade maintain that their relationship began in early 2022.

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Willis hired Wade in 2021 to help prosecute her sweeping racketeering case against Trump. Trump co-defendant Michael Roman alleged in court filings last month that Willis should be disqualified from the case, claiming she financially benefited from hiring Wade because of their personal relationship.

The date when the two lawyers’ relationship began is key to the ongoing dispute brought by Trump’s attorneys, who argue that their romantic fling compromised the integrity of the case.

The defense is trying to prove the existence and extent of any financial benefit to Willis from Wade from their relationship, which is the crux of their argument that Willis should be disqualified. 

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Cellphone data also seems to show that Wade twice traveled to Willis’ apartment late at night without leaving until the next morning. 

Wade and Willis have both testified that they did not sleep together at the Hapeville condo.

“We are required to respond to the filing via the court, and we are preparing a response now,” a spokesperson for Willis said of the Friday filing, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The Friday affidavit asserts that cellphone data shows Willis and Wade sharing more than 2,000 phone calls and just under 12,000 text messages in the first 11 months of 2021.

Judge Scott McAfee will now need to decide whether to admit the Friday affidavit and the cellphone data it contains into evidence. 

Fox News Digital’s Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

PGA pro laughs off advice from overzealous man at driving range

Georgia Ball is a PGA professional and coach. So, she is better at golf than most. However, that did not stop one person from giving her, what he thought was, some of the best advice in the world.

Ball was recording herself at the driving range when a man off-screen tried to give a tip on her swing.

“What you’re doing there, you shouldn’t be doing that,” the man began.

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Ball could have easily told the man that she would probably destroy him in any match of 18 holes, but she kept it cool with a simple response.

“OK!” she initially replied, though she did give an explanation for her slower swing — she was going through a swing change — but the man wanted no part of it.

“I’ve been playing golf for 20 years,” he replied. “What you need to do is follow through a lot quicker than what you’re doing right now.”

That prompted a hard side-eye from Ball into her camera, who tried again to explain the swing change, possibly in an effort to make sure this stranger got the hint that she needed zero help.

When the man asked her to hit a ball, she put up a graphic on TikTok that read, “I knew I had to make this a good one” with a laughing emoji.

Naturally, the guy took all the credit — despite the swing being pretty similar to the one that was interrupted.

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“See how much better that was?” the man cracked.

Ball could not help it anymore, letting out a laugh, again mentioning her swing change and letting out a hint that she was one of the “best players in the world.”

“Thanks for your advice,” she ended the interaction.

The comments were just as priceless.

“Mansplaining hurts me physically,” wrote one user.

“Me who knows nothing about golf: ‘She’s going through a SWING CHANGE SIR!!’” added another.

“Please be meaner,” said one more.

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Ball boasts over 360,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok combined, while also giving Zoom lessons through her personal site.

Florida law allowing residents to stand their ground against ‘crack bears’ is gaining steam

A self-defense bill dubbed “the cocaine bear bill” on social media would allow Floridians to protect themselves against aggressive bears without facing legal repercussions, giving residents “peace of mind,” one of the legislation’s sponsors said.

“If I came home from work and the headlights of my vehicle shined on the front porch, and a huge black bear was clawing at my front door, and my kids were inside, right now, you can’t shoot that bear,” state Rep. Jason Shoaf told Fox News. “I think that is absurd.”

“I want to give Floridians the peace of mind that they can take action to protect their property, their family and their pets,” the Republican added.

The bill, which would allow Floridians to use lethal force against a bear if they deem it necessary to save their lives, their pets, the lives of other people or to stop a bear from damaging their dwelling, passed the Republican-controlled state Senate on Wednesday 24-12 after the chamber made a clarification to the House version that people who lure bears to hunt them wouldn’t be protected. The updated bill is headed back to the House for another vote.

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“If anyone tries to take advantage of this law for that reason, I can assure you they’re going to end up in jail,” Shoaf said. “We don’t have any tolerance for cruelty to animals or for leveraging a self-defense law for hunting purposes here in the state of Florida.”

SB-632, titled “The Taking of Bears,” was nicknamed “the cocaine bear bill” online after Shoaf said Floridians have the right to protect themselves against the bears “that are on crack.” 

“If you run into one of these crack bears, you should be able to shoot it,” he said on the House floor earlier this month. 

Shoaf clarified that “there are no bears ingesting crack cocaine,” but said it’s based on language commonly used in northern Florida where he grew up to describe erratic people or animals.

“The opponents to this legislation often like to show you the cuddly pictures of the mama bear and the cubs and how calm and friendly they are,” Shoaf told Fox News. “I wanted to paint a picture of what the bears this legislation is targeting act like.”

Sen. Tina Polsky, a Democrat who voted against the bill, said “it was meant to make it easier to kill a bear.”

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“Current law protects the right to self-protection,” she told Fox News. “I don’t think we need this additional permission structure on top of a gun-happy culture, on top of people thinking that bears are acting erratically or on crack.” 

Critics argue this legislation will result in increased deaths of the once-threatened species. The black bear population has recovered from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to over 4,000 today and is one of Florida’s most successful conservation efforts, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The Bear Hotline received approximately 7,298 calls in total statewide last year, according to FWC, 39% of which were conflict-oriented. 

There were some complaints that there is an overrun of bears,” Polsky said. “My response to that was, well, then Fish and Wildlife Commission needs to deal with it, and they need to figure out what we’re going to do if there are too many bears.”

Democrats like Polsky who opposed the bill argued the state should do more to focus on other ways to limit human-bear interactions, such as expanding efforts to prevent bears from being attracted to trash in residential areas.

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There are better ways to manage bear encounters than to just sit there on your porch with a shotgun and ready to go as soon as you see a bear coming towards you,” Polsky said.

But Shoaf said the bill’s critics are defending the lives of bears over citizens. 

“They like to say, ‘well, only a few people have been injured and only a few people have been killed.’ I think that’s ridiculous,” he told Fox News. “If anyone has been injured or killed, we need to take it very seriously.”

Pelosi’s husband raked in over $1,200,000 on Nvidia stock bet in just three months

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has received widespread scrutiny over her husband’s stock purchases, is making bank on another well-timed bet on a familiar corporation.

The California Democrat’s husband, Paul, who owns a San Francisco investment and consulting firm, scooped up between $1 million and $5 million worth of call options in computer chip company Nvidia on Nov. 22. Pelosi, however, held off on reporting the transaction until right before Christmas.

Nvidia is not new to the Pelosis. In 2022, Paul grabbed more than $1 million in Nvidia call options — which give investors the right to buy shares of a company at a specific price — just weeks before a congressional vote on providing massive subsidies to the chip manufacturing industry. He sold them after she received criticism over their timing. 

At the time, Pelosi said that her husband had never made stock purchases based on information she had given him when pressed by Fox News Digital. Her office also distanced her from Paul’s financial decisions.

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“The Speaker does not own any stocks,” Pelosi’s communications director told FOX Business in 2022. “The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions.”

But long after the storm had calmed, Paul re-invested in the company, with the most recent contract from late last year. The company’s stock has since taken off. 

In early January, Nvidia announced mass production of slower AI chips to be sold to China that complied with U.S. export rules. Weeks later, the U.S. government announced Nvidia would be one of several companies they would partner with on an AI research program, Yahoo Finance reported.  

Christopher Josephs, co-founder of Autopilot, an app that allows individuals to track and copy a politician’s trades, told Fox News Digital he estimates the most recent Pelosi investment to be around $2.5 million and said the shares are up over 50% in just three months, netting them roughly $1.25 million.

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Pelosi’s office did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment. 

The former House speaker had previously grabbed attention over her husband’s stock timing. Lawmakers’ spouses can trade in companies or industries their partner may help regulate, but it’s illegal for family members and members of Congress to profit from inside information.

Paul cashed in on Big Tech shortly before the House Judiciary Committee voted to curtail the “unregulated power” of companies like Google and Amazon in 2021, Fortune reported. The move wasn’t considered a threat to the companies, and the tech firms’ stock prices continued to rise.

Paul purchased 4,000 shares of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, by exercising call options a week before the vote. The call options allowed him to snag the shares of Alphabet at $1,200 a piece as they closed that day at just over $2,500, according to Fortune. Paul earned $5.3 million on the investment.

A few months before the Alphabet purchase, Paul picked up millions of dollars worth of Microsoft stock days before the company announced a lucrative government contract. 

Paul exercised call options and paid $1.95 million to buy 15,000 shares of Microsoft at a strike price of $130 on March 19, FOX Business reported. That same day, Paul paid $1.4 million for 10,000 shares valued at $140.

Microsoft announced a government contract worth nearly $22 billion to supply U.S. Army combat troops with augmented reality headsets just 12 days after Paul’s purchase, and the company’s share prices increased from about $230 to roughly $255 — or close to 11% — in the weeks following the announcement.

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And months before the Microsoft purchase, Paul grabbed between $500,000 and $1 million in Tesla investments in December 2020, roughly a month before President Biden announced the federal government would transition its fleet to electric vehicles.  

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Biden, who was open about moving toward electric vehicles, in late January 2021 “directed federal officials to devise a plan for converting all federal, state, local and tribal fleets, including 225,000 Postal Service vehicles, to ‘clean and zero-emission vehicles,'” The Washington Post first reported at the time.

Biden’s infrastructure plan later set aside more than $170 billion for electric vehicle subsidies. 

Liberal Sunny Hostin shuts down ‘The View’ co-host who says embryos are not babies

In a heated clash over the Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling on human embryos, “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin declared she believes human embryos are babies and said she would feel devastated if anyone harmed the embryos she used in her own in vitro fertilization (IVF) process.

Hostin stood up for her belief on the issue as her co-hosts confronted her on the daytime talk show. Sara Haines pushed back, denying that human embryos are human life.

The topic came up after Alabama’s high court ruled last week that frozen embryos created during fertility treatments should be considered as having the same status as children under state law in wrongful death lawsuits.

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In the court’s majority ruling, Justice Jay Mitchell wrote, “Unborn children are ‘children’ … without exception based on developmental stage, physical location, or any other ancillary characteristics.”

That decision caused many fertility clinics in the state to pause their IVF procedures. The issue has caused widespread cultural debate between those who believe that IVF is ultimately negligent with human life, and those that believe women who want kids and can’t have them naturally should have IVF as an option.

The debate spilled over to ABC’s “The View” Friday, with co-host Sara Haines defending IVF procedures, noting that they are necessary for some women. She then declared that embryos are not a life, and therefore the court’s ruling was wrong.

“We talked about how egregious a six-week ban was. A fertilized embryos is three to five days old. It is the size of the pen right there,” she said, pointing to the tip of her pen.

“It is not alive outside of a uterus. It has no organs. It is not a life yet. It is not viable ‘til it’s 24 weeks.”

Hostin jumped in, disputing her, “You may not think that. There are at least 50% of Americans –”

Haines cut Hostin off, proclaiming, “No, this is science, Sunny. This is science that’s able to create –”

Hostin pushed through, saying, “50% of Americans believe that a human embryo is a baby. I am one of those.” Getting through some more crosstalk, Hostin added, “especially because I went through IVF.”

Haines shot back, “Yeah, but that doesn’t mean facts change. The embryo is an embryo until ten weeks, when it becomes a fetus. A fetus is not viable ’til 24 weeks. If we’re going to use science, let’s use scientific terms. That’s what that is.”

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Undeterred, Hostin continued: “Well, an embryo is the beginning of human life and I know this –” 

This prompted co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin to ask, “Well then, why do you support abortion if you believe that?”

Hostin replied, “Oh, I do not support abortion. I’ve said this over and over again. I believe the government shouldn’t be involved in women’s reproductive health.” 

She continued: “But I believe that abortion is wrong, and I also believe – not only through my faith but through my experience of having two embryos implanted in my body – and I have a 21-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter, that my life would not be the same without them.”

Hostin concluded her point, adding, “And so, if someone destroyed my embryos, I would feel like someone destroyed my [unintelligible] children.”

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During past episodes, Hostin has revealed that her Catholic faith is part of why she personally opposes abortion, though she agrees that women should have the right to choose. 

In December, she told her colleagues, “I have mentioned many times I’m pro-life. I’ve received a lot of hate mail for it. That’s my personal position, but there has to be a separation between the government and religion.”

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

Joe Biden allegedly considered joining board of firm linked to Chinese Communist Party

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Biden was allegedly considering joining the board of a joint venture created by Hunter Biden and his business associates with ties to the Chinese Communist Party after he left the vice presidency.

Joe Biden’s involvement would bring “political access in the United States and around the world,” a former business associate of the first son testified from prison Friday.

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained Jason Galanis’ opening statement delivered Friday morning to congressional investigators from an Alabama prison as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Biden.

Galanis is serving a 14-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to securities fraud based on bonds issued by a company affiliated with a Native American tribe in South Dakota. The funds were reportedly supposed to be used for certain projects but were instead used for his personal finances. He was sentenced in 2017.

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Galanis said he worked with Devon Archer and Hunter Biden between 2012 and 2015. Their business together, he said, included the acquisition of Burnham & Co, a division of Drexel Burnham Lambert, combined with “other businesses in insurance and wealth management.” Galanis testified the three “owned and acquired with total audited assets of over $17 billion.”

“Our objective was to build a diversified private equity platform, which would be anchored by a globally known Wall Street brand together with a globally known political name,” Galanis testified. “Our goal — that is, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and me — was to make billions, not millions.” 

Galanis testified that “the entire value-add of Hunter Biden to our business was his family name and his access to his father, Vice President Joe Biden.

“Because of this access, I agreed to contribute equity ownership to them — Hunter and Devon — for no out-of-pocket cost from them in exchange for their ‘relationship capital,’” he told investigators.

Hunter Biden served as vice chairman of the Burnham group “and brought strategic relationships to the venture, including from Kazakhstan, Russia and China.”

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“Burnham was the focal point for integrating a ‘Biden family office’ into a large-scale financial company with international influence,” he explained, adding that they acquired some of Hunter Biden’s companies like RSP Investments and Rosemont Seneca Advisors.

Galanis understood Joe Biden talked with Hunter about  joining the board of CCP-linked joint venture 

Galanis testified that, in 2014, he “agreed with Hunter and Devon that the Burnham & Company enterprise would be significantly enhanced by forming a partnership with Harvest Fund Management, a $300 billion Chinese financial services company closely connected to the Chinese Communist Party.” Harvest, at that time, had already agreed to be a founding partner of BHR Partners, he explained.

Fox News Digital has previously reported that Joe Biden met with Jonathan Li, who worked for BHR Partners, in China in 2013.

Galanis explained that Henry Zhao, the director of Harvest, was a contact of Hunter Biden’s.

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“Mr. Zhao was interested in this partnership because of the game-changing value-add of the Biden family, including Joe Biden, who was to be a member of the Burnham-Harvest team post-vice presidency, providing political access in the United States and around the world,” Galanis testified.

Galanis pointed to a draft email dated Aug. 23, 2014, from Hunter Biden, which states: “Please also remind Henry [Zhao] of our conversation about a board seat for a certain relation of mine. Devon and I golfed with that relation earlier last week and we discussed this very idea again and as always he remains very very keen on the opportunity.” 

Fox News Digital obtained that draft email.

Galanis testified that email was “struck from the final version” but “was drafted with an understanding of what had transpired regarding this effort.”

Galanis said the email was forwarded to him by Devon Archer with the words: “FYI … example of lean in on Henry from Hunter … this is email drafted for him to send to Henry.”

Galanis testified that the words “lean in” were “used often by Devon and Hunter in our business dealings as a term for access to Vice President Biden’s political influence.”

“As Devon Archer is mentioned as a direct party to the conversation with the vice president on the golf course, it is clear from his email that Devon believed this was an accurate representation of that conversation,” Galanis said in his opening statement.

“I am certain that the phrase ‘a certain relation of mine’ refers to Vice President Biden, and Devon told me about this conversation on the golf course shortly after it happened,” Galanis testified. “And it was one of many conversations that I understood the vice president had expressing his willingness to join Harvest board after his vice presidency.”

Joe Biden golfed with his son Hunter and business partner Devon Archer in August 2014

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The draft email does not specifically mention Joe Biden’s name or refer to the “certain relation” as Hunter Biden’s father. However, there is an infamous photo of Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer on the golf course. That photo was taken in mid-August 2014, which would have been a week or so prior to the draft email. News reports indicate the vice president was in the Hamptons at the time.

Galanis went on to testify that Zhao “regularly sought reassurance about what he termed the ‘intangible goods’ that Vice President Biden serving on the Harvest board would bring to the business plan.”

“He wanted assurances so that he would not ‘lose face,’” Galanis said. “In my opinion, there was no other reason for this massive Chinese enterprise to have been interested in doing business with Burnham other than the Biden name.”

Zhao also worked with Hunter Biden in a separate joint venture with Chinese energy company CEFC.

Zhao is the recipient of a now-infamous text message Hunter Biden sent after requesting a $10 million wire for the joint-venture, SinoHawk Holdings.

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“I am sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter Biden told Henry Zhao, the director of Chinese asset management firm Harvest Fund Management. “And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.”

Zhao responded, in part, “CEFC is willing to cooperate with the family.”

Ultimately, Joe Biden did not take a seat on the board of the joint venture. 

Galanis says Hunter Biden put his father, then-VP Joe Biden, on speakerphone with Russian oligarch

Meanwhile, Galanis testified that he recalls “being with Hunter Biden and Devon Archer at the Peninsula Bar in New York, where Hunter took a call from his father. He told his father things were going well with Henry and Harvest and that he might need a little help getting it across the finish line.” 

“Hunter did not put the call on speaker as we were at this bar, but I am certain that Hunter was discussing our business efforts on the Burnham-Harvest partnership and that the vice president was aware of these efforts,” Galanis testified, adding that was “not the only time I heard Hunter call his father regarding business matters.”

Archer last year testified before the House Oversight Committee that Hunter put his father, who was vice president at the time, on speakerphone while meeting with business partners at least 20 times, and he said Joe Biden was put on the phone to sell “the brand.”

Galanis testified that call was “not the only time” he heard Hunter “call his father regarding business matters,” pointing to a separate call in which Hunter Biden put his father “on speaker.” Galanis said Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina and her husband, the former mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, were present for the call, which took place May 4, 2014. 

Fox News Digital has previously reported that Joe Biden attended dinners in 2014 at Cafe Milano in Georgetown in 2014 and 2015 with Baturina and others.

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“Hunter called his father, said hello and ‘hold on, Pops,’ then put the call on speakerphone and said, ‘I am here with our friends I told you were coming to town, and we wanted to say hello,’” Galanis recalled. “The vice president said hello and some pleasantries of ‘Hope you had safe travels,’ and then seemed like he wanted to bring the call to an end by saying, ‘OK then, you be good to my boy.’”

Galanis said Hunter responded by saying, “Everything is good, and we are moving ahead.”

“The vice president said something about ‘being helpful,’ and Hunter ended the call by saying that he was going to call his father later,” Galanis testified. “I recall being stunned by this call — to actually hear the vice president of the United States speaking on the phone.” 

Galanis testified that “it was clear” to him that “this was a pre-arranged call with his father meant to impress the Russian investors that Hunter had access to his father and all the power and prestige of his position.” 

Days later, on May 9, 2014, Archer sent Galanis an email, obtained by Fox News Digital, which revealed Baturina was “committed to a ‘hard order’ of $10-20 million in a Burnham investment banking client.”

Galanis is seeking home confinement after claiming sexual assault in prison

Galanis acknowledged that “in an effort” to build Burnham, he “engaged in unlawful conduct” and “betrayed” the trust of union members’ pension fund money.

“I pleaded guilty. I have had eight years in federal custody to reflect on my actions, and I am profoundly sorry for my role,” he said.

Archer was also indicted in the scheme, but Hunter Biden was not. Galanis testified he believed the federal “prosecution strategy was intended to protect Hunter Biden and, ultimately, Vice President Biden.” 

Galanis has applied for and been denied home confinement. Galanis said that beginning in January 2023, he was “sexually assaulted” by a member of prison staff at FPC Pensacola. He testified that he was hoping home confinement “would remove me from the danger.” 

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“I believe that based on the events I have described, much of which is memorialized in writing, I have been the victim of a pattern of retribution by the Department of Justice in order to prevent my home confinement, which would have allowed full and free access to congressional investigators,” he said.

Galanis said that from his experiences in the justice system, he believes he is putting himself “at grave risk within the BOP for providing information on these matters concerning the president and his son.”

Awkward new MLB jersey photo goes viral after revealing how thin the pants really are

Nike and Major League Baseball have caught flack for the new baseball jerseys this year due to their “cheap” look.

That is what pitchers Rich Hill and Miles Mikolas said of the uniforms, despite other players’ promoting their stretchiness and lighter feel.

However, a recent photo may have revealed that the jerseys’ pants are a bit too light.

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Nike’s new on-field Vapor Premier uniforms for the 2024 MLB season were recently revealed as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training.

San Francisco Giants’ Casey Schmitt modeled the jerseys during the team’s recent photo shoot day, but apparently, he modeled something else.

Other photos have shown jerseys clearly tucked in thanks to the thin-looking pants, and in Schmitt’s photo, he accidentally revealed a little bit too much.

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The photo went viral amid concerns about the jerseys since the start of the month.

The last names on the back of jerseys look noticeably smaller, leading to most fans complaining about them. However, MLB senior vice president of global consumer products Denis Nolan maintained that the uniforms are top-notch.

“In acquiring Majestic and its MLB uniform manufacturing facilities in Easton, PA — which have been making player uniforms for nearly two decades — Fanatics has consistently produced world-class uniforms, including every Nike-branded MLB on-field jersey and all City Connect gear since 2020,” Nolan said, via MLB.com.

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The league tested the uniforms on hundreds of players, debuting them in last year’s All-Star Game to favorable reviews. Fanatics actually measured every player last year, and Nike body-scanned over 300 players to get the ideal fit.

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“It was a very technological approach to outfitting players,” MLB exec Stephen Roche said. “Everything was performance-driven.”

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