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Jan. 6 committee allegedly suppressed testimony on Trump push for National Guard

The Jan. 6 congressional committee allegedly falsely claimed it did not have evidence that showed former President Trump’s administration requested National Guard assistance, according to a report detailing a “hidden transcript” that was recently released. 

“The former J6 Select Committee apparently withheld Mr. Ornato’s critical witness testimony from the American people because it contradicted their pre-determined narrative. Mr. Ornato’s testimony proves what Mr. Meadows has said all along: President Trump did in fact offer 10,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. Capitol, which was turned down,” Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk said in a statement on Friday.

Loudermilk released a transcript of former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato’s interview with the congressional committee investigating Jan. 6 on Friday, following The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, also a Fox News contributor, reporting, “Former Rep. Liz Cheney’s January 6 Committee suppressed evidence” that the Trump administration pushed for 10,000 National Guard members to be on the streets. 

Ornato’s interview was conducted in January 2022 and attended by Cheney, among other members on the committee. In addition to serving as deputy chief of staff under Trump, Ornato served in the Secret Service for decades.

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The committee, which included seven Democrats and two now-former Republican Congress members, Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, concluded that it found “no evidence” that the Trump administration called for 10,000 National Guard members to Washington, D.C., to protect the Capitol.

Trump has long claimed that he requested the National Guard but that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., failed to act on the request. Amid and following the congressional committee’s investigation, media outlets such as the Washington Post “debunked” Trump’s comments, repeatedly awarding him “Four Pinocchios.”

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Loudermilk on Friday released a transcript of Ornato’s interview with the committee that details how he allegedly overheard then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asking D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to request as much protection for D.C. as she needed.

“When it comes to the National Guard statement about having 10,000 troops or any other number of troops, do you recall any discussion prior to the 6th about whether and how many National Guard troops to deploy on January 6th?” a staffer with the committee asked Ornato.

“I remember he had – he was on the phone with [Bowser], and we – I had walked in for something, and I was there, and he was on the phone with her and wanted to make sure she had everything that she needed. Because I think it was the concern of anti and pro groups clashing is what I recall. And not anywhere near the Capitol, this was just out on the mall area or at the event; and wanted to know if she needed any more guardsmen,” Ornato responded, according to the transcript reviewed by Fox News Digital. 

Ornato went on to cite the “10,000” guardsmen number, according to the transcript, arguing Trump wanted “to make sure that you have enough.”

“And I remember the number 10,000 coming up of, you know, the President wants to make sure that you have enough. You know, he is willing to ask for 10,000. I remember that number. Now that you said it, it reminded me of it. And that she was all set. She had, I think it was like 350 or so for intersection control and those types of thing not in the law enforcement capacity at the time. And then that’s the only thing I recall with that number 10,000 National Guard guardsmen,” he continued. 

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Bowser ultimately asked for just over 300 National Guard members, requesting that they not be armed and only work to assist local police.

Ornato said in his interview with the committee that after Bowser refused additional National Guard members, the White House requested the Defense Department have a “quick reaction force” on hand.

“The only thing I remember with DOD and the National Guard was even though the mayor didn’t want any more National Guard in D.C., that a request was made to have kind of a, lack of better term, a quick reaction force out at Joint Base Andrews being that it was a military installation,” Ornato said in his interview, according to the transcript.

“I remember Chief Meadows talking to DOD about that, I believe. I remember Chief Meadows letting me know that, ‘Hey, there was going to be National Guard that’s going to be at Joint Base Andrews in case they’re going to need some more, we’re going to – the Mayor would need any, we’re going to make sure they’re out there.'”

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Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Fox News Digital on Sunday morning that The Federalist’s report is “flatly false.”

“The Federalist report is flatly false. No transcripts were destroyed, and as this letter (which has long been public) describes in detail, the Committee adhered to its obligations to allow the Secret Service to protect sensitive security information for interviews of its agents before preserving that testimony in the archives,” Adler said in a statement.

“Also, relevant content of the Secret Service transcripts was summarized in multiple places in the report… This is all a continuation of efforts to lie about and cover up Donald Trump’s culpability for January 6th,” he added, providing links to summarized Secret Service transcripts.

Cheney also took to X this weekend and referred to the report as “BS” while responding to a tweet posted by Mark Levin.

Levin responded to Cheney on X, saying, “I wrote it, moron. You’re a pathetic disgrace and demagogue. And have exposed yourself for all time. Funny how you avoid public debates with your detractors, including me. Coward. You should consider professional help.”

Meadows was reportedly worried about the crowd size ahead of Jan. 6, including from left-wing protesters, according to The Federalist’s report, which pointed to Ornato’s transcript detailing how members of the Trump administration wanted to ensure there were enough troops on the streets. 

“And, again, the crowd sizes were, you know, the organizers were saying, you know, there may be 50,000 here. So that’s where it started, I think, to scare the chief a little bit of how many people were coming in for this event, and wanted to make sure that they would be able to bring in National Guard if needed for this size of this many people inside D.C.,” Ornato said.

When supporters of former President Trump ultimately breached the Capitol, Ornato said in his interview that the White House called on then-Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to deploy assistance.

“So then I remember the chief saying, ‘Hey, I’m calling secretary of defense to get that [quick reaction force] in here,'” Ornato said. 

“[T]he constant was, you know, where is the National Guard? Why isn’t – you know, we’ve got to get control of this,” Ornato added.

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“But, you know, [Meadows] understood the urgency, that’s for sure. And he kept, you know, getting Miller on the phone, wanting to know where they were, why aren’t they there yet,” he later added. 

Hemingway detailed in her report that Ornato’s testimony matched what former Trump administration aide Kash Patel said during testimony amid Colorado’s failed efforts to boot Trump from the ballot over claims his 2024 presidential run violates the 14th Amendment. 

“Mayor Bowser wrote a letter herself on approximately Jan. 4.… declining further requests for National Guard services outside of the 346 National Guardsmen already authorized,” Patel said late last year in testimony. 

“The authorization came in beforehand. It was relayed to the appropriate officials in D.C. and the Capitol Police. It was declined, and we acted when their request finally came in on January 6,” he continued.

The judge in the Colorado case determined Patel was not a credible witness. 

Mark Hemingway, senior writer at Real Clear Investigations, also responded to Cheney’s tweet to Levin this weekend, saying Cheney was using “disingenuous circular logic” by citing Patel as not being a credible witness. 

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Last year, a group of Colorado voters brought a lawsuit arguing Trump should be deemed ineligible from holding political office under a Civil War-era insurrection clause and that his name should thus be barred from appearing on the 2024 ballot. The group said Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, violated a clause in the 14th Amendment that prevents officers of the United States, members of Congress or state legislatures who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution from holding political office.

The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled in Trump’s favor, allowing him to remain on the Colorado ballot and squelching other states’ efforts to remove the former president from their ballots. 

Ornato said the Trump White House on Jan. 6 continually asked, “What’s taking so long?” to deploy assistance to the city, but the rollout was allegedly riddled with hangups. 

“Every time [Meadows] would ask, ‘What’s taking so long?’ It would be, like, you know, ‘This isn’t just start the car and we’re there. We have to muster them up, we have to’ – so it was constant excuses coming of – not excuses, but what they were actually doing to get them there,” he said. “So, you know, ‘We only have so many here right now. They’re given an hour to get ready.’ So there’s, like, all these timelines that was being explained to the chief. And he relayed that, like, you know – he’s like, ‘I don’t care, just get them here,’ you know, and ‘Get them to the Capitol, not to the White House.'”

The Jan. 6 report detailed that then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley said then-Vice President Mike Pence had called Miller at least two times to request a National Guard presence and that Meadows had allegedly called to “kill the narrative that the Vice President is making all the decisions.”

“In contrast, according to General Milley, Chief of Staff Meadows called and said, ‘We have to kill the narrative that the Vice President is making all the decisions. We need to establish the narrative, you know, that the President is still in charge and that things are steady or stable,’ or words to that effect. I immediately interpreted that as politics, politics, politics,’” the report states. 

The report states Trump did not personally make a call. 

Just days before Jan. 6, 2021, an op-ed penned by former defense secretaries, including Liz Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, argued against involving the military in election disputes. Hemingway cited a report in her piece that Liz Cheney “organized” the op-ed and had allegedly “‘secretly orchestrated’ a pressure campaign to prevent the Defense Department from deploying resources on January 6, 2021.”

Trump has meanwhile previously claimed that Cheney “deleted” evidence that his administration wanted a greater presence of National Guard members.

“Why did American Disaster Liz Cheney … ILLEGALLY DELETE & DESTROY most of the evidence, and related items, from the January 6th Committee of Political Thugs and Misfits. THIS ACT OF EXTREME SABOTAGE MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MY LAWYERS TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR, AND PRESENT, A PROPER DEFENSE OF THEIR CLIENT, ME. All of the information on Crazy Nancy Pelosi turning down 10,000 soldiers that I offered to to [sic] guard the Capitol Building, and beyond, is gone,” Trump posted on Truth Social on Jan. 1, 2024.

The committee’s final report determined that Trump “never gave any order to deploy the National Guard.”

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“President Trump had authority and responsibility to direct deployment of the National Guard in the District of Columbia, but never gave any order to deploy the National Guard on January 6th or on any other day. Nor did he instruct any Federal law enforcement agency to assist. Because the authority to deploy the National Guard had been delegated to the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense could, and ultimately did deploy the Guard,” the report states. 

In his Friday statement and transcript release, Loudermilk said the committee “hid” Ornato’s testimony. Loudermilk is chair of the House Administration’s Subcommittee on Oversight, which is looking into the Jan. 6 committee’s handling of the investigation. 

“This is just one example of important information the former Select Committee hid from the public because it contradicted what they wanted the American people to believe. And, this is exactly why my investigation is committed to uncovering all the facts, no matter the outcome,” Loudermilk said in his statement. 

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Fox News Digital reached out to Bowser, Loudermilk and the Trump campaign for additional comment on the matter but did not immediately receive responses.

LIVE UPDATES: John Cena leaves little to the imagination on the Oscars stage

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John Cena goes naked on Oscars stage

Jimmy Kimmel hoped to recreate a memorable moment from the 1974 Oscars at the 96th Academy Awards.

He enlisted the help of John Cena, but the former pro wrestler had a bit of stage fright when it came down to streaking across the stage.

“What’s the matter, you were supposed to run across the stage?” Kimmel asked Cena, as he hid behind a screen.

“I changed my mind. I don’t feel right about it,” Cena said.

“You wrestle naked,” Kimmel told Cena who corrected him by saying, “I wrestle in jorts!”

Cena then shuffled to the microphone with just the award card covering himself up.

“Costumes, they are so important,” he said. “Maybe the most important thing there is.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito have ‘Twins’ reunion at Oscars

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito enjoyed a mini “Twins” reunion at the 96th Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles, Calif.

The actors starred together in the 1988 buddy comedy, in which they played genetically engineered twins who found each other later in life after being separated at birth. 

DeVito and Arnold joked that they were presenting together for “a very obvious reason … we both tried to kill Batman.”

Cameras panned toward the audience where Michael Keaton sat motionless.

“You have a lot of nerve to show your face here!”

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Robert Downey Jr. wins Oscar for ‘Oppenheimer’

Robert Downey Jr. earned his first Oscar Sunday at the 96th Academy Awards.

“I’d like to thank my terrible childhood and the Academy, in that order,” Downey said while accepting the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in “Oppenheimer.”

He also expressed gratitude toward his wife Susan Downey and his stylist.

Earlier in the program, Jimmy Kimmel joked about Robert’s history with drug addiction during his opening monologue.

“This is the highest point of Robert Downey Jr.’s long and illustrious career — well, one of the highest points,” Kimmel said.

Cameras then showed Downey Jr. double tapping on his nose, likely alluding to his past history with cocaine addiction. 

“Too on the nose? Or is that a drug motion you made?” Kimmel asked.

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Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt trade ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ jabs

“Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” had a war of words at the 96th Academy Awards.

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt joined forces to honor stunt performers, before Gosling offered up an opinion s to why “Barbenheimer” was not coined “Oppenbarbie.”

Gosling joked, “you were riding Barbie’s coat tails all summer.”

Blunt was quick to respond, “Thanks for Ken-splaining that for me.”

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Jimmy Kimmel mocks Robert Downey Jr.’s drug past

Jimmy Kimmel joked about Robert Downey Jr.’s history with drug addiction during his opening monologue at the 96th Academy Awards Sunday.

“This is the highest point of Robert Downey Jr.’s long and illustrious career — well, one of the highest points,” Kimmel said.

Cameras then showed Downey Jr. double tapping on his nose, likely alluding to his past history with cocaine addiction.

 “Too on the nose? Or is that a drug motion you made?” Kimmel asked.

Downey was arrested in 1996 and charged with driving under the influence. Police also found heroin, cocaine, crack and a .357 Magnum in his vehicle.

Downey was also once arrested at Disneyland for “smoking pot in a gondola.”

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Billie Eilish sings Oscar-nominated ‘Barbie’ song

Billie Eilish and brother Finneas O’Connell performed a moving rendition of their Oscar-nominated song from Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.”

Finneas sat at the piano while Billie stood at the microphone to sing “What Was I Made For?” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., for the 96th annual Academy Awards.

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Da’Vine Joy Randolph wins the best supporting actress Oscar for ‘The Holdovers’

Actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph won the best supporting actress Oscar for “The Holdovers” at the 96th Academy Awards Sunday.

“For so long, I have always wanted to be different, and now I realize I just need to be myself,” she said while accepting the award.

Randolph portrayed a New England boarding school cafeteria manager dealing with grief and loss.

She previously earned a Screen Actors Guild award, BAFTA and Golden Globe award.

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Oscars kick off despite Israel war protests

Jimmy Kimmel opened the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. despite hundreds of protestors outside causing traffic issues, according to The Associated Press.

Hollywood stars were delayed making their way to the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday due to demonstrators protesting Israel’s war in Gaza.

Los Angeles police, which had expected protests, beefed up their already extensive presence.

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Ariana Grande walks Oscars red carpet after urging fans to stop sending ‘hateful messages’ online

Ariana Grande rocked a billowing pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown at the 96th Academy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles.

The pop princess, who performed on “Saturday Night Live” just the night before, released her seventh studio album “Eternal Sunshine” on Friday.

Grande shared a message to followers on Saturday after facing backlash for the album, which fans speculated may have undertones related to her divorce with ex-husband Dalton Gomez.

“i just wanted to say anyone that is sending hateful messages to the people in my life based on your interpretation of this album is not supporting me and is absolutely doing the polar opposite of what i would ever encourage (and is also entirely misinterpreting the intention behind the music)…i ask that you please do not. it is not how to support me. it is the opposite,” Grande wrote.

Read more here about Grande’s message here.

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Valerie Bertinelli supports son Wolfgang Van Halen at Oscars

Valerie Bertinelli had a proud mom moment with her son, Wolfgang Van Halen at the Oscars.

Bertinelli walked the 96th Academy Awards red carpet with Wolfgang and his wife, Andraia Allsop, on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wolfgang, the son of late Van Halen frontman Eddie Van Halen, is nominated for an Oscar for best original song. The musician plays guitar on the “Barbie” hit, “I’m Just Ken.”

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America Ferrera ‘transformed’ by ‘Barbie’ journey

American Ferrera is forever indebted to Barbie.

Ferrera, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work in the Greta Gerwig film, admitted that working on “Barbie” impacted her life in more ways than one.

“I feel personally transformed by this journey,” she said during an interview on the Academy Awards red carpet.

Earlier in the day, Eva Mendes gave a subtle shout-out to her favorite “Barbie” star while posing next to Ryan Gosling’s dressing room backstage at the Oscars.

“Always by my man,” Mendes wrote on Instagram.

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Tom Hanks’ Oscar record is safe for 1 more year

Tom Hanks can rest easy knowing no one is coming for his unique title this year.

The actor is one of only five performers to win two consecutive Academy Awards for acting.

He won his first Oscar in 1994, for his performance in “Philadelphia,” and again in 1995 for his performance in “Forrest Gump.”

When Hanks won his second Oscar, three of the other four actors to reach that career milestone were still alive.

However, after Luise Rainer passed away in 2014, Hanks became the only living actor to win an Oscar two years in a row. He has managed to keep that status for the past decade.

Read more about Hanks’ acting accomplishments.

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Emma Stone stuns on Oscars red carpet alongside Emily Blunt and Eva Longoria

Academy Award nominee Emma Stone illuminated the Oscars red carpet wearing a gorgeous green Louis Vuitton dress.

She joined Emily Blunt who sparkled in a couture Schiaparelli gown with Tiffany & Co. jewels

See photos of all the stars on the red carpet at the 96th annual Academy Awards.

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Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie among biggest 2024 Oscars snubs

With every round of Academy Award nominations, there are bound to be a few disappointments.

In years past, the Oscars were criticized for snubbing “Straight Outta Compton” in all categories and for the failure to recognize Samuel L. Jackson’s work in “Django Unchained” and Gary Oldman’s performance in “Leon: The Professional.”

This year is no different, with stars being looked over in both the acting and directing categories. 

Here are the biggest snubs of the 2024 Academy Awards.

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Missing Oscars: Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon and Jared Leto among stars who lost their statues

Everyone wants to get their hands on an Oscar, but most aren’t willing to put in the work in Hollywood.

Some stars have had their Oscar statue stolen in shocking heists, while others have been unintentionally careless and lost track of their statues over the years.

There was even a daring theft of 55 statues from a loading dock in LA in 2000. A man found the bulk of them in a dumpster several days later and returned them to the academy.

Learn more about some of the biggest stars who lost Tinsletown’s most coveted trophy.

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Vanessa Hudgens reveals pregnancy on Oscars red carpet

Vanessa Hudgens kicked off the Oscars red carpet with some big news – she’s pregnant with her first baby.

The “High School Musical” star walked the red carpet in a form fitting black dress, showing off her bump.

Hudgens, who is co-hosting ABC’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show” recently married MLB shortstop Cole Tucker in December.

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Oscars 2024: Who has collected the greatest number of Academy Awards in history?

For almost a century, the Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized and awarded professionals working in the entertainment industry for their outstanding achievements.

Every year, the Academy hosts an awards ceremony watched by millions of Americans to honor the best films and actors and actresses.

More than 10,500 global film industry experts are members of the organization and help to select the nominees for the various categories, according to the Oscar’s site.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have received Oscars throughout their career, including Barbra Streisand, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins.

Read more about the history of the Academy Awards here

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Do Oscar winners and nominees make money from succeeding at the Academy Awards?

Receiving that coveted gold Oscar trophy is one of the highest honors for those working in the film industry. 

The A-list actors nominated for major awards like an Oscar are often swimming in cash as they’ve taken Hollywood by storm and appeared in some of the most watched movies of the year.

Margot Robbie was named as the second-highest paid actor of 2023, behind Adam Sandler, according to Forbes.

Robbie made an estimated $59 million last year, according to the source. Most of this money came from the movie “Barbie,” a film presently up for Best Picture at the 2024 Academy Awards ceremony. 

And while there are nominees, winners, and those snubbed, only Oscar winners walk away with that all-important trophy and a high potential for financial gain in the future. However, some go home with even more. 

Learn more about what’s at stake for Oscar winners.

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Mace lets loose on news host for asking how she can support Trump

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., accused ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of trying to “shame” her for endorsing former President Trump in a contentious interview Sunday. 

“You’ve endorsed Donald Trump for president,” Stephanopoulos said to Mace on ABC’s “This Week.” 

“Judges and two separate juries have found him liable for rape and for defaming the victim of that rape,” the anchor told Mace. “How do you square your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we just saw?” 

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“Well, I will tell you, I was raped at the age of 16,” Mace said. “Any rape victim will tell you, I’ve lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame for being raped. I didn’t come forward because of that judgment and shame that I felt.”

“It’s a shame that you will never feel, George,” she said, addressing the anchor directly. 

“I’m not going to sit here on your show and be asked a question meant to shame me about another potential rape victim,” Mace said. “I’m not going to do that.” 

“It’s actually not about shaming you,” Stephanopoulos said, arguing that his question was about the allegations of rape against Trump in the E. Jean Carroll case. Carroll is a former columnist who alleges that Trump raped her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s.

“It’s not a criminal court case, No. 1,” Mace said in return. “No. 2, I live with shame. And you’re asking me a question about my political choices trying to shame me as a rape victim and I find it disgusting.” 

“And quite frankly, E. Jean Carroll’s comments when she did get the judgment,” Mace continued, “joking about what she was going to buy, makes it harder for women to come forward when they make a mockery of rape. When they joke about it. It’s not OK.” 

“She’s joked about it,” Mace said of Carroll’s comments. “I find it offensive, and I also find it offensive that you are trying to shame me with this question.” 

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Carroll appeared to joke during an appearance on “The Rachel Maddow Show” in January that she was going to go on a shopping spree with the money from her case with Trump. 

“Yes, Rachel! Yes!” Carroll enthusiastically responded. “I had such, such great ideas for all the good I’m going to do with this money.”

“First thing, Rachel, you and I are going to go shopping!” she exclaimed. “We’re going to get complete new wardrobes, new shoes, motorcycle for [Carroll’s attorney Shawn] Crowley, a new fishing rod for Robbie [Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan] — Rachel, what do you want? A penthouse? It’s yours, Rachel! Penthouse and France? You want France? You want to go fishing in France? No?”

Trump intends to appeal the decision that was handed down in January that found him liable for defamatory statements made while denying the rape accusations made by Carroll

A federal jury in New York City decided last year that Trump was not liable for rape but was liable for sexual abuse and defamation.

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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Black residents spar over who should receive reparation payments in Dem-run city

Black New Yorkers have conflicting ideas over who deserves reparations as a commission will soon begin to discuss the issue.

In December, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill that established a commission to research the best ways to offer reparations to descendants of slaves in the state. By February, she announced the members who would make up the commission. 

Although the commission has yet to meet, some Black residents were already concerned that it would be limited only to direct descendants of slaves, similar to what California’s reparations commission announced.

“That’s a false narrative,” Bertha Lewis, head of the Brooklyn-based Black Institute, told the New York Post. “I don’t give a f–k what California did.”

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She continued, “You can’t just say, ‘Only descendants of slaves from the South.’ Black people faced the effects of slavery — discrimination — simply because they’re Black.”

Lewis also emphasized that it could be difficult to pinpoint direct descendants of slaves, claiming that all Black people have since been affected.

“If you’re going to talk about reparations, you have to talk about discrimination that has gone on a long time against Black people in the White American system,” Lewis said.

By contrast, LittleAfrica News founder Mona Davids, a Black South African, argued that Black citizens who willingly immigrated to New York should not receive reparations since “It was our choice to come here.”

“The only beneficiaries of reparations should be descendants of chattel slavery — not African immigrants or Afro-Caribbean descendants,” Davids told the New York Post.

She added, “Descendants of slaves didn’t have a choice. White people benefited from slavery.”

Davids also called out African countries, pointing out that some of their rulers had previously profited from slavery as well.

“In many cases it was Black Africans who sold slaves. Ghana is rich. Nigeria is rich,” she said.

Fox News Digital reached out to the New York governor’s office for a comment.

Hochul did not elaborate whether reparations included all Black citizens or only descendants of slaves, however, she argued that even descendants of immigrants who arrived after the end of slavery could be culpable in paying reparations.

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“I think of the immigrants and the children of immigrants who’ve come here since the end of slavery,” Hochul said. “They will say, ‘We had no involvement in slavery. … None of our relatives were slave owners.’ And there’s part of me that worries about leaping into this conversation because of the racial divisions, strife it could sow.'”

The governor continued, “These huddles and tired masses came here to seek a better life. … Slaves, people who were enslaved, didn’t come here willingly to pursue a dream, but they came in bondage to live a nightmare. And we have to ask, do those of us whose family came here to pursue a dream not have a role to play in ending a nightmare? Yes, yes we do.”

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Bucs make decision on quarterback Baker Mayfield’s future with the team

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are keeping Baker Mayfield under center after the veteran quarterback agreed to a three-year deal with the team, per NFL Network. 

It’s a three-year pact worth $100 million with $50 million guaranteed, NFL Network added. The max value of the contract is reportedly $115 million. 

Mayfield impressed the Buccaneers by helping them win the NFC South this past season and taking down the reigning NFC-champion Philadelphia Eagles at home in the wild-card round.

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The Bucs had a huge quarterback question heading into last season with Tom Brady officially retiring, but Mayfield earned the starting role – one they’d like to see him in for years to come. 

Vibes were very low for the Bucs this time last year after Brady made his second retirement and the future of the quarterback position became a major question to be answered. 

The Bucs brought in Mayfield, who had been with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams the year prior. This came after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns that didn’t work out the way both sides wanted.

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After going 1-5 with the Panthers and 1-3 with the Rams, Mayfield’s future in the NFL went from first overall franchise quarterback to backup quarterback status.

But he had a chance to win the Bucs job and did much more than that in 2023. 

Mayfield set career highs in passing yards (4,044) and passing touchdowns (28) while throwing 10 interceptions and owning a 64.3% completion rate – again, a career-high.

The Bucs went 9-8 with him leading the offense, enough to win a mediocre NFC South title. But the statement was the 32-9 blowout the Bucs put together against the Eagles, with Mayfield throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns. 

If there was doubt Mayfield couldn’t be a playoff-caliber quarterback all season, that ended when he moved on to the next round. 

The Bucs’ front office has been active in trying to run it back in 2024, as they signed Mayfield’s favorite target, wide receiver Mike Evans, to a long-term deal. They also franchise-tagged safety Antoine Winfield in hopes that they can reach an extension, too. Either way, all three key pieces will be back next season.

It’s been quite the turnaround for Mayfield, who made the best of his opportunity with the Bucs on what may have been the verge of a journeyman career.

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Now, he’s a franchise quarterback again.

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Missing mom found banging on locked door inside shipping container

A Florida mother who was reported missing last week was found trapped inside a shipping container on Thursday, police said. 

Marlene Lopez, 52, was last seen Monday at her home on Lucerne Drive, according to a press release from the Cocoa Police Department. A co-worker, concerned about her well-being, called police after Lopez failed to pick up her son.

Detectives investigated “known locations,” interviewed family members and issued a missing-person bulletin. 

During the investigation, detectives were notified that the woman had been found trapped in a shipping container next to a business at 2005 N. Cocoa Blvd.

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Lopez had been banging on the shipping container door when someone heard her and unlocked the door.

She said she did not know how she ended up in the container. The circumstances are under investigation.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Cocoa Police Department at 321-639-7620.

6-foot-7 women’s basketball star sparks skirmish in wild end to SEC title game

The SEC Women’s Basketball Championship was already going to be a heated contest between the rivals South Carolina Gamecocks and LSU Tigers, but things went overboard during the game Sunday.

Gamecocks center Kamilla Cardoso and Tigers guard Flau’jae Johnson got into a skirmish in the fourth quarter after MiLaysia Fulwiley stole the ball from Johnson, who was later called for a foul.

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With the clock stopped, Johnson pushed away South Carolina’s Ashlyn Watkins after the sophomore forward began to celebrate in her face.

Cardoso came over and shoved Johnson to the floor, which sparked pushing and shoving between players as coaches began to break them up. At least one person came over the scorers’ table and onto the court to get into the brouhaha before getting whisked away by security.

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The incident caused a 19-minute delay in the game with the undefeated Gamecocks leading 73-66.

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Cardoso, who was the hero of the semifinal game for South Carolina, was ejected from the game. Both benches were ejected from the game as well. The game ended with 5-on-5 basketball.

Cardoso will likely have to miss South Carolina’s first game of the NCAA tournament because she was ejected for fighting.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley apologized to the basketball community.

“You know, when you’re playing in championship games like this in our league, things get heated,” she told ESPN after the game. “No bad intentions. Their emotions got so far ahead of them that, sometimes these things happen. I want to apologize for us playing a part in that.”

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South Carolina won the game, 79-72. It’s the eighth SEC Tournament Championship win for the Gamecocks in the last 10 seasons. Fulwiley led the team with 24 points.

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Madonna calls out fan for not standing at concert — quickly backtracks after seeing why

Pop star Madonna is getting skewered online after making a massive blunder at her concert.

Video of the “Material Girl” singer has surfaced online, showing her berating someone in the crowd at her concert for not standing up. “What are you doing sitting down over there?” she asked, pointing directly at the individual. “What are you doing sitting down?” she said again. 

Madonna strutted down the runway to get a better visual of the person, eliciting a reaction from the crowd, only to learn that the person she was speaking to was in a wheelchair. 

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“Oh, okay,” she said. “Politically incorrect. Sorry about that. I’m glad you’re here.”

Many social media users expressed their outrage towards Madonna, criticizing her for making any remark in the first place.

“What an absolute disgrace! Shame on her! That’s unacceptable!” one person wrote in part on X.

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“Politically incorrect isn’t it either. Ableism. If I paid for a seat, I’ll do what I want sit or stand. Concerts are exhausting, hot, etc. nothing wrong with a break. I’m not a fan so I would never buy her tickets. If I was a fan, I wouldn’t be anymore,” another person shared. 

“As a Madonna fan and I person who will likely end up using a wheelchair in the future due to balance issues; I am highly disappointed. Some people fail to realize that disabilities come in many different ways. Just shameful,” they lamented. 

“Apologize now with normal sentiment for the wheelchair comment,” another directed to the singer’s own account. “It wasn’t “politically incorrect” it was a total complete error on your part for assuming everyone at your age of concert goers can stand the entire time. Shame on you. You think wayyyy too highly of yourself,” they slammed.

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According to several social media users, the incident took place at Madonna’s Vancouver concert on Feb. 21 at Rogers Arena, but the video is only going viral now.

“I’ve been to the show. There’s a part where during the show she asks everyone to stand up. It’s not about who’s sitting/standing during the entire show. Just 1 section she asks for participation. And this time she embarrassed herself,” a fan explained of what likely sparked Madonna’s commentary.

Others came to her defense, acknowledging that Madonna immediately apologized and was obviously remorseful.

“It’s good to see Madonna being quick to recognize and apologize for unintentional mistakes. It’s important to be considerate and inclusive of all audience members, regardless of their abilities,” one user pointed out. “Its not that serious. Leave her alone!” another implored.

A representative for Madonna did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Currently on her “Celebration Tour,” Madonna’s next performance is Mar. 11 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. 

WATCH: MADONNA HAS AN AWKWARD FALL ONSTAGE WHILE PEERFORMING ‘OPEN YOUR HEART’

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Last month, the singer and her concert made headlines due to an accident onstage. While performing her hit “Open Your Heart,” Madonna awkwardly fell off her chair as she was dragged across the stage by a backup dancer. Despite the small flub, she got back up and continued performing.

Comedy legend impersonates Biden flip-flopping on border crisis

Comedian Dana Carvey recently pulled out a new impression of a bumbling President Biden flip-flopping on the border crisis with spot-on Biden-isms, a push-up challenge and nonsensical words.

Carvey delivered the impression during an episode of his podcast “Superfly” with fellow comedian David Spade, who tweeted a clip of the bit. The impression was two parts, beginning with Biden denying the crisis at the border shortly after he is elected, followed by the president recently acknowledging the crisis amid public outcry.

“I started with Biden, ’cause the border is all the rage now, everyone’s crazy for the border,” Carvey begins. “So I did Biden three years ago, he’s at a press conference, you know.”

Carvey says a member of the press asks the president how he’s going to handle the crisis at the border when Biden calmly responds, “First of all, let’s get our facts straight. There’s no crisis at the border. C’mon.”

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Carvey continues: “And [the press goes], ‘How do you know, sir?’”

“Cause it says so on the piece of paper!” Carvey’s Biden replies as he holds up a sheet of paper. “Says it on the paper right there.”

“And then recently,” Carvey says, setting up the next part of the impression, “everyone wants to close the border. Everyone’s screaming and Biden’s up there, ‘I’ll close the border harder than anyone’s ever closed the border! ‘Cause I know how to close the border. C’mon Jack!’”

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As the press, Carvey replies, “But last time …”

“Get your facts straight! I’ll beat the hell outta ya,” Carvey’s now-fiery Biden responds before going into exaggerated Biden-isms. “Whattaya dog pace pony shoulder? C’mon! Let’s do some push-ups! I’ll close the border like nobody’s ever closed the border – the border patrol – the border – can’t believe it’s not butter!”

Both Spade and a producer off-screen can be heard laughing as Carvey ends the bit.

Biden used his first term to end many of the border and immigration policies of former President Trump’s administration, actions Republicans argue have led to the ongoing crisis at the southern border.

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A recent Monmouth poll showed Biden’s approval ratings slipping concerning his handling of immigration, while a recent Fox News poll shows that a majority of voters believe the situation at the southern border is at least a major problem, if not an emergency.