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Lawyer drops Tara Reade in Joe Biden sex assault case

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Lawyer drops Tara Reade in Joe Biden sex assault case

Joe Biden sex assault accuser Tara Reade and her lawyer have parted ways.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor announced the split Friday just weeks after Reade, a former Senate staffer of Biden’s, hired the high-profile sex-harassment lawyer.

In a statement, the Manhattan litigator did not provide a reason for the decision but said it had nothing to do with the veracity of Reade’s claims that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden assaulted her in the 1990s.

“Our firm no longer represents Tara Reade. Our decision, made on May 20, is by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” Wigdor wrote before defending his former client’s poor treatment in the media.

“We also believe that to a large extent Ms. Reade has been subjected to a double standard in terms of the media coverage she has received,” he continued.

“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters,” he wrote.

“We genuinely wish Ms. Reade well and hope that she, as a survivor, is treated fairly. We have and will continue to represent survivors regardless of their alleged predator’s status or politics.”

Reade said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that Biden pinned her against a wall and told her, “l want to f— you” when she was a staffer in his Senate office in 1993.

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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NYC sexual assault victim has no chance of survival: ADA

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NYC sexual assault victim has no chance of survival: ADA

A 64-year-old woman who was left in a vegetative state following a vicious attack and rape in East Harlem is not expected to recover, The Post has learned.

The woman, whose name was not released, has survived this long only due to life support equipment and is expected to die within days, Manhattan ADA Justin McNabney said at the arraignment of her alleged attacker, Frankie Harris.

The violent assault, which was captured on camera, occurred at East 111th Street near 2nd Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. May 18 — when the creep allegedly put the woman in a chokehold for three minutes, pulled her to the ground and raped her, according to authorities. 

Harris, 38, of Bushwick, was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder, rape and sexual abuse in connection with the attack, cops said.

When cops questioned Harris, he told detectives he’d met the woman one night in Manhattan and had consensual sex — but denied being involved in the attack, according to McNabney.

Harris switched up his story when cops showed him the surveillance footage from the assault, telling detectives he did not have sex with the woman — but was instead trying to revive her by lying atop her after watching a Puerto Rican man choke her, McNabney said.

Cops also connected Harris to the videos by a black tuxedo jacket that he picked up earlier in the night and was still wearing when he was arrested in the 83rd Precinct on a pair of bench warrants, according to McNabney.

In one of the warrants, Harris was accused of slapping a woman’s butt in Harlem, the ADA said.

This suspect approached a 64-year-old female victim from behind, placed her in a choke hold, and knocked her to the ground.
This suspect allegedly approached a 64-year-old female victim from behind, placed her in a chokehold and knocked her to the ground.DCPI

In the separate warrant, Harris allegedly punched a Hispanic woman in the mouth and spat on another Hispanic woman after threatening to kill Puerto Ricans in Brooklyn.

He was charged with felony assault as a hate crime and forcible touching in the separate cases.

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Trump urges Republicans to block bill extending FISA provisions

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Trump urges Republicans to block bill extending FISA provisions

President Trump on Tuesday urged House Republicans to oppose legislation extending Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act provisions, citing abuses of the law against his 2016 campaign.

“I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s call to action is a boon to privacy advocates in both parties, who for years have faced narrow defeats on measures to restrain government surveillance. But with Republicans in the minority in the House, they will need support from left-wing Democrats who also want to change a Senate-passed bill. If the bill is altered, it will return again to the Senate.

The bill was negotiated in part by Attorney General Bill Barr and passed the Senate 80-16 this month after senators rejected by a single vote a measure to protect US internet browsing records from warrantless collection. With 59 votes in favor and a supporter, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, absent, the provision failed.

Last week, Trump told The Post during a press conference on Capitol Hill that during Senate negotiations, “I purposely said to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell], you go and do what you want.”

But Trump added: “Nobody has been abused more than Trump…. so I’m going to be studying it very much.”

On Tuesday, before Trump urged Republican opposition, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in response to a question from The Post at a press briefing, “Any FISA concerns the president has, they’re real, they’re personal, and they should be considered as we move forward to reauthorize this valuable tool.”

Trump faced divided pressures within the Republican Party. Some allies, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, had hoped Trump would block the bill, though Paul said he didn’t hold out much hope after discussing the matter with Trump.

“I think he was sympathetic to the idea that we needed more reform but we didn’t have the votes, basically,” Paul said last week. “I think he should [veto the bill], but I don’t think he will.”

It’s unclear if Trump’s demand for further review of abuses against his campaign will take on more specific form. The Senate Judiciary Committee led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) already is reviewing the FBI’s Russia investigation, though Graham has resisted Trump’s urging to call former President Barack Obama as a witness.

On Tuesday, Trump swore in a new national intelligence director, former Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe. In one of his final acts, outgoing acting intelligence director Ric Grenell declassified transcripts of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn’s December 2016 calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents including Peter Strzok about those calls, though he argues he did not intentionally lie and the Justice Department has moved to dismiss the case finding no valid reason to interview Flynn.

Trump defenders particularly object to the “unmasking” of Flynn’s identity under FISA by Obama administration officials, as well as the FBI withholding information from the FISA court in applications to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

An investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller ultimately found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

FISA became law after Watergate to rein in government surveillance. It sets out oversight for surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, but privacy advocates say it’s insufficient. In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the FISA court was routinely approving the dragnet collection of domestic call records from phone companies, which Congress ended in 2015.

The pending bill’s reforms require the attorney general to sign off on surveillance of government officials, and opens the door to additional outside expert testimony before the FISA court, where only government attorneys generally are represented.

Paul said last week the pending bill would allow authorities to use FISA to “investigate a presidential election, which is a terrible, terrible injustice, and we should have tried to prevent it.”

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Central Park dog-walker at center of race storm fired from job

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Central Park dog-walker at center of race storm fired from job

The white Central Park dog-walker accused of launching a racist tirade against a black man has been fired, her former employer said Tuesday.

“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the investment firm tweeted

of worker Amy Cooper.

On social media, Cooper is being referred to as “Karen,” the social media shorthand for white women who call the cops on black neighbors over harmless incidents.

Cooper was caught on video a day earlier calling the cops on Christian Cooper, a black bird-watcher, when he dared to tell her to put a leash on her dog, as is required in the park.

She snarled at Christian, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life” — sparking widespread outrage from critics accusing her of racism.

Christian had just asked her to leash her pooch.

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