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Pennsylvania attorney general sought revenge in illegal leak: prosecutor

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane illegally leaked grand jury information to a reporter in an effort to secure political payback against a rival, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday as Kane’s criminal trial began.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold,” prosecutor Michelle Henry said in her opening remarks in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Norristown, a Philadelphia suburb. “She knew it was wrong but she wanted revenge and covered it up with lies.”

The case has riveted the state’s political circles for more than a year. Kane, who has denied wrongdoing and refused to resign, is charged with perjury, obstruction and other counts. If convicted, she could receive up to seven years in prison and lose her law license.

Henry said Kane, 50, the state’s first female and first Democrat to be elected attorney general, sought to embarrass prosecutor Frank Fina because she believed he was the source of a 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Kane’s decision to drop a bribery prosecution of several black Democratic legislators.

Kane claimed the investigation was tainted by racism, while Fina, who headed the investigation, was angered by her accusation, according to the story.

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Prosecutors say Kane retaliated by instructing subordinates to leak documents to a reporter showing Fina failed to prosecute a case involving Jerome Mondesire, a former official of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP.

But Kane’s lawyer, Gerald Shargel, said Kane barely knew Fina – saying he quit 10 minutes after she took office in 2013 -and that she did not knowingly leak any grand jury material.

“She was upset, yes, but that’s not motive to commit a crime,” he said. “So she’s going to sacrifice all she’s worked for? She’s going to give all that up?”

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Kane previously claimed prosecutors pursued the case to block her from releasing emails with racist and sexually explicit content exchanged among judges, prosecutors and other officials. She found the emails while investigating the child molestation case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

But Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy has barred testimony regarding those allegations.

The emails, which were released by Kane after much court wrangling, led Fina to quit his job with the Philadelphia District Attorney, and claimed the jobs of two state Supreme Court justices and several other state officials in what became known as “Porngate.”

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The trial is expected to last all week. It remains unclear whether Kane will testify.

(Editing by Joseph Ax and Bill Trott)


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‘Do you love Puerto Rico?’: Fox News’ Shep Smith rips governor to shreds

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.

In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.

"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"

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Puerto Ricans launch biggest protest yet against governor

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Angry protesters blocked the main road in Puerto Rico's capital on Monday as they launched what was expected to be the largest yet of a wave of demonstrations seeking the resignation of the US territory's embattled governor.

Marching under sunny skies in San Juan, the demonstrators sang, chanted, danced and carried the territory's red, white and blue flag with a lone star.

Altogether, hundreds of thousands were expected to turn out.

Puerto Ricans are up in arms over alleged corruption involving money meant to be for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left nearly 3,000 dead.

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Here are 5 of the wildest and most outrageous comments Trump just made to the press

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During an Oval Office meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, President Donald Trump gave rambling and outrageous comments to the press about a wide range of subjects.

Here are just five of the wildest things he said in the meeting:

1. “Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth.”

Trump said he could “win” the war in Afghanistan by simply committing genocide against the entire population.

“If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” he said. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”

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