— MICHAEL SHERIDAN (@BOOMER4K) January 26, 2020
— MICHAEL SHERIDAN (@BOOMER4K) January 26, 2020
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said Meghan Markle was a 'mini royal version of Kim Kardashian' in a new documentary which aired on US channel Fox last night.
‘I think Harry has been as bad as Meghan to be honest.
‘How he’s gone from being a party boy, fun loving hugely popular charismatic charming young man that everybody loved who was a fearless army captain in war zones, to this wet drip being pushed around by his older American wife in this way to basically extricate him from the Royal family and take him to another country’.
Piers, who claimed the couple would have to ‘re-brand themselves added: ‘The rest of the world really sees what it is, which is a power grab by two ego-mad, self-obsessed, virtue signalling ‘progressive’ young people who basically stamped their feet and the Queen rolled over.’
During the documentary he also claimed that Meghan was a ‘social climber’. He had previously stated this when going over his first meeting with Meghan Markle, who he claimed ‘ghosted her’ after she never replied to his text messages after their initial meeting.
Inside TMZ and Fox's new special Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis. It's about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family. And features interviews with Thomas Markle and Piers Morgan.
Inside TMZ and Fox’s new special Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis. It’s about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family. And features interviews with Thomas Markle and Piers Morgan.
HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on Fox
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent shockwaves through the royal family — and around the world — when they announced their unprecedented exit as senior leaders in Great Britain’s royal family earlier this month. And Fox has wasted no time in announcing its one-hour special that explores the royal couple’s decision to “work to become financially independent” from the royal family, which immediately caused controversy in their family and around the world in a first for the monarchy. This TMZ investigation will “cut through the noise, inaccuracies and speculation surrounding the couple’s surprise announcement,” with interviews with more than a dozen people “with real ties to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan Markle, as well as the rest of the royals” including Mark Cuban, Dr. Phil, Ryan Seacrest, Piers Morgan, and Lisa Vanderpump to help paint the picture and tell the real story “of the tensions that led to a nearly impossible decision for the Queen.” The special will also explore how Harry and Meghan have been making moves “to enter the world of entertainment.”
And if that isn’t enough Harry and Meghan for you, ABC is airing its own special all about the royal rupture two hours later…
HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 10 p.m. on ABC
This one-hour ABC News primetime special will detail “the events that led to their departure and what their future may hold” as Prince Harry and Meghan “embark on their new lives as non-working members of the royal family.” Correspondent Deborah Roberts reports on “Meghan’s road to British royalty, the challenges she’s faced along the way, the Queen, the press, the pressure, and Prince Harry, who can no longer call himself His Royal Highness.” With interviews with Nacho Figueras, Harry’s close friend and charity partner; Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, The Queen’s Governor of Edinburgh Castle who knows the royal family well; and Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, an American who married the heir apparent of the Earl of Sandwich; and additional reporting by Foreign Correspondent James Longman, the special “raises questions about what Harry and Meghan’s new life could look like and more.” —Sydney Bucksbaum
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Megan Markle's estranged father spoke out about his public rift with his daughter and Prince Harry following their shock decision earlier this month to quit the British royal family.
Markle, a retired Hollywood lighting director, appeared to stand up for his daughter in an interview for an upcoming TMZ special – Harry & Meghan: The Royal Crisis – set to air on Fox on Wednesday night.
‘I think that Harry is a very insecure man and I think that’s being shifted on to my daughter,’ Markle said.
‘I think she winds up mothering him.’
In the special, Markle said that despite their public feud he wished the best for his daughter and her family.
‘I hope that they stay together and love each other and take care of their child, my grandson,’ he said
‘Even if I never see them again I wish them the very best. I still love them.
‘I hope that some day we do get back together but I’m 75 so there isn’t a lot of time.’
The hour-long special is expected to include interviews with more than a dozen people who have ties to Harry and Meghan.
It will also focus on the moves Harry and Meghan have made to move into the entertainment world now they have stepped down from royal duties.
Among those interviewed in the special are: DailyMail.com’s editor-at-large, Piers Morgan, Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Phil, Mark Cuban and Lisa Vanderpump.
Seacrest compared the couple to the Kardashian family and the reality television empire they’ve built.
‘I think that the Kardashian family has built extreme interest in their lives. Obviously there’s massive interest in Harry and Meghan,’ Seacrest said.
‘I know the Kardashians made a pact with the family when they started out on this journey to be open and honest and show the good the bad and the tough to the public.
‘Whether Harry and Meghan want to do that, need to do that or have decided to do that remains to be seen.’
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Crisis airs on Wednesday, January 29 (8-9pm ET/PT) on FOX.
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Feds used FISA, possible stingray to spy on Giuliani-connected businessman, filing says
One of the businessmen accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions argued Thursday in federal court that the government is trying to cover up the "warrantless and unlawful electronic surveillance" it conducted in its investigation, including possible "stingray" technology to track cellphones.
One of the businessmen accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions argued Thursday in federal court that the government is trying to cover up the “warrantless and unlawful electronic surveillance” it conducted in its investigation, including possible “stingray” technology to track cellphones.
Saying it now “appears to be the case” that the government obtained evidence through the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and that it was “inconceivable” that no communications were intercepted, lawyers for Andrey Kukushkin sought an explanation as to the “genesis of such evidence and the extent to which it was used.”
The bombshell filing comes as the FISA court has sternly rebuked the FBI for submitting false and incomplete materials as part of its investigation into other members of the Trump team. However, the FISA court has not sought a comprehensive review of past FBI filings, and at least one high-level FBI agent apparently involved in FISA misconduct remains at the bureau.
“The government’s insistence on complete secrecy is incompatible with the rights of the defendants, particularly in the face of rapidly advancing technology,” Kukushkin’s attorneys wrote Thursday. “Initially, it was the government’s repeated insistence that ‘no Title III [wiretap] warrants were used in this investigation,’ even when asked whether non-Title III surveillance occurred. This was coupled by the government’s refusal to answer direct and repeated questions as to its use of stingray and other electronic surveillance.”
The attorneys continued: “Indeed, other than Title III warrants, there is not a single form of surveillance that the government has denied using in the course of this investigation, which makes sense and proves the defense’s point.”
The government, they said, should be ordered to undertake a comprehensive “agency search” and “affirm or deny” the existence of such evidence.
Kukushkin’s legal team referenced the FBI’s well-known FISA problems, saying in their filing with the Southern District of New York that recent events have proven that the government “routinely” surveils U.S. citizens without judicial review. In this case, they said, it’s legally insufficient for the government to declare only that it did not actually use FISA evidence in its criminal probe into Kukushkin, and then attempt to shut down further inquiries.
The government’s lack of denials came after a December filing from Kukushkin’s attorneys seeking information.
It remained possible, the attorneys argued, that the government was engaging in a prohibited tactic known as “parallel construction” — meaning that the FBI may have illegally used FISA surveillance, then sought to reobtain that evidence through permissible means. (The government is ordinarily only allowed to use illegally obtained evidence if it can show that it would have found the evidence anyway, without any need for the initial, illegally obtained materials.)
Additionally, it could be that the FISA materials included exculpatory evidence that the government would be obligated to turn over, the attorneys said.
“The government does not deny a single factual contention made by the defense,” the attorneys said. “Nor do these facts exist in a vacuum. We submit they must be considered in the context of the extensive surveillance of foreign and United States persons that is undertaken daily by the government, in particular, law enforcement queries of warrantless interceptions as a matter of course when criminal investigations are initiated.”
Kukushkin and David Correia pleaded not guilty in October to federal charges that they conspired with two associates of Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions to prominent Republican politicians they thought could boost their political and business interests. Each man faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge against him.
Prosecutors allege that Correia and Kukushkin worked to conceal political donations from an unnamed foreign national who was funneling the money through a shell company, Global Energy Producers (GEP). The company was created by Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to support a recreational marijuana business venture, according to the 21-page indictment filed in the Southern District of New York.
Parnas and Furman were hired by Giuliani to try and persuade Ukrainian officials to investigate former vice president and 2020 Democratic primary candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for possible corruption. That effort led to Trump’s impeachment last year.
The foreign national referred to in the indictment also allegedly wired $500,000 to Parnas and Fruman, both U.S. citizens born in the former Soviet Union, from a foreign bank account to be used to support candidates in state and national elections in Nevada, New York and elsewhere.
Federal prosecutors say that Parnas donated $20,000 to an unidentified congressman in exchange for the politician’s support for ousting then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at the behest of Ukrainian government officials.
The indictment against the four men does not mention the politician by name, simply referring to the person as “Congressman 1,” but donations made by Parnas and Fruman match campaign finance reports for former Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who has since contributed his donations to local charities.
Fox News’ Marta Dhanis and Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.
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