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South Dakota man plots to bomb veterans’ hospitals — but ends up in one after blowing himself up

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A South Dakota man planning to blow up Veterans Affairs hospitals was arrested after he accidentally detonated his home-made bombs on himself, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Martin Rezac, 59, was indicted Friday on felony charges of possession of explosives with criminal intent, relating to the explosion at his home, which sent him to the hospital on Thanksgiving with multiple cuts and abrasions, and possibly some missing fingers, according to court documents reviewed by the Herald.

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That day, authorities question Rezac’s friend, Allen Kayl, who was incarcerated. Kayl told them Rezac was planning an attack on the hospitals because VA staffers were “pissing him off.” Kayl also told investigators”there was a possibility he would in fact do it.”

Investigators found extensive bomb-making materials, including a bomb made from a peanut butter jar and a PVC pipe bomb. There were also numerous explosive chemicals, including sodium nitrate, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, isopropyl alcohol and sea salt.

Other items found included “modified colander, scales, an epoxy kit, a digital thermometer, a glass bottle labeled “flash” and a legal notepad with handwritten notes and directions to make a homemade explosive called hexamethylene triperoxide diamine,” according to the paper.

If convicted, Rezac faces prison time and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

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Ukraine blows up key Trump defense: Top officials knew of military aid freeze before it became public

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Top Ukrainian officials were alerted in early August that $391 million in U.S. military aid had been frozen as President Donald Trump sought to pressure the country to investigate Joe Biden.

That undercuts the president's latest defense arguing that the foreign ally couldn't have felt pressured because Ukraine was not yet aware that the aid had been frozen, reported the New York Times.

Former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor told Congress on Tuesday that the freeze was directly related to Trump's demand for an announcement that Biden was under investigation.

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Trump attorney shocks judge by claiming president could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue: ‘Nothing could be done’

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William Consovoy, an attorney for President Donald Trump, argued in court on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is immune from prosecution if he literally shoots someone on Fifth Avenue.

In a hearing before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, Consovoy took the position that Trump is immune from a subpoena for his financial records, which are being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

At one point, Judge Denny Chin asked Consovoy about what he called the "Fifth Avenue example," referring to a Trump claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.

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‘Not a pretty picture’: Second-ranking GOP senator inches closer to impeachment after Bill Taylor testimony

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The second-ranking Republican senator sounded an alarm over testimony by the former Ukraine ambassador.

GOP Whip John Thune (R-SD) reacted to testimony Tuesday by veteran diplomat Bill Taylor, who told lawmakers that President Donald Trump directed efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden in exchange for congressionally approved military aid.

"The picture coming out based on the reporting we’ve seen is not a good one," Thune told reporters Wednesday, "but I would say until we have a process that allows to see this with full transparency it’s pretty hard to come to hard and fast conclusions."

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