Mike Pence says he and Trump may never ‘see eye to eye’ on January 6th, but have spoken ‘many times’ since their reported falling out

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President Donald Trump (right) and Vice President Mike Pence.

  • Vice President Mike Pence addressed the January 6 insurrection in a speech Thursday night.
  • Pence told New Hampshire Republicans that he and Trump man never “see eye to eye on that day.”
  • “But I will always be proud of what we accomplished,” Pence added.
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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – Former Vice President Mike Pence addressed the January 6 insurrection in the most detail he’s offered publicly since leaving office.

Pence was speaking at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner for the Hillsborough County Republican Committee at the Double Tree hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“As I said that night, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States of America,” Pence told the crowd. “But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured, and that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

The crowd had just given Pence several standing ovations, but went silent when he brought up the siege where rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

“You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since he left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” Pence said. “But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people of the last four years.”

In the days following the breach – when Pence was taken to an undisclosed location by Secret Service agents after coming within seconds of being confronted by rioters – Trump had reportedly never checked in with his vice president to see how he and his family were doing after coming so close to being attacked.

The day of the insurrection that left five people dead, Trump called out Pence during his speech and complained that the VP would not intervene to prevent the results of the election from being certified in Congress. Although Pence’s role on that day was purely ceremonial and in more of a notary capacity, Trump tweeted his frustration at Pence as the riot was unfolding.

Trump tweeted that Pence did not have “the courage to do what should have been done” at 2:24 p.m., right as the pro-Trump mob was breaching the building.

The New York Times also reported that as Pence was heading to the Capitol to certify the results that morning, Trump called him to say “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p—-.”

Pence’s acknowledgment of conversations with Trump since then was not publicly known, and he has spoken little of that day before his speech in New Hampshire.

The former vice president was speaking at what the Hillsborough County GOP billed as their “biggest fundraiser ever,” with attendees able to take a picture with him for an extra donation.

According to a Pence aide who spoke with Insider, the former VP met with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu as well as former Sen. Kelly Ayotte earlier in the day, in addition to the Granite State’s GOP conference in the State Senate.

Pence was speaking there to rally support ahead of the 2022 midterms, and not for a potential 2024 campaign, the aide told Insider.

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Manhattan DA prosecutors subpoenaed an elite Manhattan private school as part of its investigation into Trump

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Former President Donald Trump.

  • Manhattan prosecutors subpoenaed a private school for its Trump investigation, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • It’s reportedly examining whether tuition payments for the Trump Organization’s CFO broke tax laws.
  • The school received more than $500,000 in tuition overall, according to Jennifer Weisselberg.
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New York prosecutors have subpoenaed an elite private school in Manhattan as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump and his Trump Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sources told the Journal that Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School was subpoenaed by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s grandchildren are students at the school. Prosecutors are reportedly trying to “flip” Weisselberg, who also oversees the Trump family’s finances, into cooperating with the investigation into irregularities in Trump’s and the Trump Organization’s finances.

Jennifer Weisselberg – the childrens’ mother – previously told Insider that Trump would include school tuition in the compensation package for her former husband, Barry Weisselberg. She is a cooperating witness in investigations from both the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York Attorney General’s office.

Prosecutors may be examining whether the tuition arrangement allowed Barry or Allen Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes, according to the Journal.

Jennifer Weisselberg told the Journal that more than $500,000 in tuition was paid for with checks written either by Trump or Allen Weisselberg. But the records in her possession don’t show who made the payments, the Journal reported.

The subpoenas for the elite Upper West Side school will allow prosecutors to obtain copies of the transactions for tuition payments, which may tell them whether they came from Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Barry Weisselberg, the Trump Organization, or some other source.

Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office have already gone to the Supreme Court to subpoena reams of financial documents from the Trump Organization, including tax filings. They have also subpoenaed Allen Weisselberg’s bank records.

The Trumps and Weisselbergs have ties to Columbia Grammar

Michael Cohen, a former executive at the Trump Organization and personal lawyer for Trump, was previously the chairman of Columbia Grammar’s board. He helped make sure the Weisselberg grandchildren would be considered for admission, Jennifer Weisselberg previously told Insider.

The children of Jack Weisselberg, Allen Weisselberg’s other son, have also attended Columbia Grammar, according to the Journal.

Barron Trump, the former president’s youngest son, attended the school when he lived in New York City.

And the Trump Foundation – Donald Trump’s now-dissolved charity organization – donated $150,000 to the school between 2014 and 2016, according to the Journal’s review of tax filings.

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Allen Weisselberg in 2016.

A court ordered the dissolution of the Trump Foundation in 2019, after New York Attorney General Letitia James brought a lawsuit accusing it of misusing funds.

James’s office is conducting its own investigation into Trump’s and the Trump Organization’s finances. It has made fewer public moves than the investigation from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Vance is set to retire in December, and is widely expected to make a decision about whether to bring charges against Trump or the Trump Organization before then.

Trump faces numerous other legal headaches, including investigations into his conduct as president, lawsuits over sexual misconduct allegations, and an investigation in Georgia into his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results there.

In an earlier interview with Insider, Jennifer Weisselberg said the Trump Organization would pay employees like her former husband with perks like tuition and housing instead of cash as a way to control their lives.

“They want you to do crimes and not talk about it and don’t leave,” she said.

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A Texas judge has thrown out the NRA’s bankruptcy case, clearing the way for New York’s attempts to dissolve the group

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National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

  • A Texas judge rejected the NRA’s attempt to go bankrupt, siding with New York state prosecutors.
  • Prosecutors said the bankruptcy filing was an attempt to squirm out of other litigation.
  • In August, the New York Attorney General’s office accused the NRA of corruption and negligent oversight.
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A Texas judge is throwing out the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy filing, saying that the case was filed in “bad faith” in an effort to avoid litigation in New York.

Judge Harlin Hale’s decision to throw out the case came after New York Attorney General Letitia James and others questioned the legitimacy of the bankruptcy filing. Law 360 first reported the ruling.

The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 15 after James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the gun rights organization, alleging it abused its legal status as a nonprofit. In its August filing, New York prosecutors accused the group of corruption and said its longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre “instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight.”

While reports of financial troubles have dogged the NRA for years, its bankruptcy filings showed it was financially solvent and had assets worth roughly $50 million more than its debts. The organization tried to restructure in Texas, claiming New York had a corrupt regulatory environment.

Prosecutors for James’s office viewed the bankruptcy filing as an attempt to squirm out of the litigation. Hale’s decision sides with those prosecutors, effectively giving a green light to James’s office to continue its lawsuit.

“A judge has ruled in our favor and rejected the @NRA’s attempt to claim bankruptcy and reorganize in Texas,” James said in a tweet Tuesday. “The @NRA does not get to dictate if and where it will answer for its actions, and our case will continue in New York court. No one is above the law.”

In court hearings, attorneys for the NRA have accused James of waging a political campaign against the organization. Closely aligned with Republican politicians, the NRA rallies its members to thwart gun safety laws typically supported by Democratic politicians. Research consistently shows that strict gun laws reduce gun violence. The NRA’s attorneys said that Texas, controlled by Republicans, would offer a regulatory haven for the organization.

The Justice Department stepped into the dispute earlier in May, saying the “evidentiary record clearly and convincingly establishes” that LaPierre failed to provide proper oversight and manipulated personal expenses so that they looked like business expenses.

Hale’s ruling permits the NRA to file for bankruptcy again, but he said that he would likely appoint a trustee to oversee the group if it does rather than leave LaPierre in control of the organization’s finances.

LaPierre is dealing with several other headaches in addition to litigation from the New York Attorney General’s office. In October, the Wall Street Journal reported he was under IRS investigation for possible criminal tax fraud. And in April, the Trace and the New Yorker published footage of him struggling to kill an elephant. The NRA said the publication of the video was intended to embarrass him.

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Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after reports of injuries and one death

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A Peloton Tread+.

  • Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after a child died in an accident and users reported injuries.
  • Shares of the company fell sharply in trading Wednesday after the announcement.
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Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after one child died in an accident with one and users reported injuries, the company said in a joint statement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.

Federal regulators pressured the company last month to recall its $4,295 Tread+ treadmill after the product fatally injured a child in March.

Some customers reported injuries and malfunctions with the treadmill as early as 2019, Insider previously reported.

Read more: Some Peloton customers reported treadmill malfunctions, injuries, and safety concerns as early as 2019 – and said Peloton’s response was sluggish

“I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” CEO John Foley said in the release. “We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”

Shares of the fitness company, known for its bike, treadmill, and standalone subscription models, fell as much as 7% in trading following the announcement.

Peloton instructed customers to immediately stop using the treadmill and contact the company for a full refund or “other qualified remedy,” the statement said. Peloton has also stopped the sale and distribution of the Tread+.

“The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers,” Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products.”

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Andrew Cuomo faces an ‘ongoing investigation’ over the use of state resources for his COVID-19 book, New York AG confirms

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at an April 19 press briefing.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing another investigation, this time on his COVID-19 response book.
  • NY Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli referred a case to NY Attorney General Tish James on Monday.
  • James confirmed an “ongoing investigation” into Cuomo’s use of state resources on the book.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing yet another investigation as his third term in office remains beset by multiple ongoing scandals.

Upon a recent referral from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York Attorney General Tish James – who is already investigating the governor over accusations of workplace sexual harassment and an alleged groping incident – confirmed on Monday that there is an “ongoing investigation” into Cuomo’s use of state resources for his 2020 book, according to The New York Times.

Cuomo reportedly sought an advance of around $4 million for his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.”

Earlier on Monday before news of the investigation broke, a reporter asked Cuomo how much money he received for his book and how staffers contributed to it. The governor deflected on the advance, saying his compensation for the manuscript will show up in his forthcoming tax returns.

“Some people volunteered to review the book,” Cuomo said before ending the press conference shortly thereafter.

Reports from The Times and other outlets in late March and early April raised concerns among ethics watchdogs over whether Cuomo improperly deployed his staff and used other state resources in the completion of his book, despite an explicit guidance from a state ethics board to avoid doing so.

Several of the governor’s aides reportedly convened at the executive mansion in Albany on two separate weekends to go over edits, including some who used paid time off to dedicate hours on a Friday to the endeavor, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Cuomo’s press office has consistently said that anyone on his staff who was consulted for fact checking the book and reviewing passages involving their work did so on their own time.

“We have officially jumped the shark – the idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi told The Times on Monday.

“This is Albany politics at its worst,” Azzopardi continued. “Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor, and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest‎.”

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Police officer killed and suspect shot dead after vehicle attack at US Capitol

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Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on April 2.

  • The United States Capitol locked down on Friday afternoon after a car rammed into a barricade.
  • Capitol Police confirmed that the car hit two officers in front of the barricade.
  • One officer died and the other has been hospitalized. The suspect was shot and killed.
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A Capitol Police officer died and another was injured after someone rammed a car into a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday, Yogananda Pittman, the acting Capitol Police chief, said at a press conference.

After hitting the barricade, the driver “exited the car with a knife in hand” and “lunged” at the officers before one of them opened fire, killing the driver, she added. Multiple news outlets, including NBC News, CNN, and The New York Times, identified the suspect as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana.

Capitol Police also identified the fallen officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the department.

“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” Pittman said. “I just ask that the public keep the U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers.”

The Capitol went into lockdown earlier on Friday after Capitol Police sent out an alert telling people in the complex to stay indoors because of an “external security threat.” Congress was in recess, and neither the House nor the Senate was in session.

Videos posted to social media by reporters in the building showed a heavy police presence outside the Capitol. At one point, a helicopter was seen landing on the premises, and the National Guard was also deployed after the incident.

Witnesses reported that a car crashed into the barricade outside the Capitol shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

A pair of stretchers was also seen by a reporter as first responders arrived on the scene.

For hours, members of the National Guard and armed Capitol Police officers lined a perimeter blocking everyone, including reporters, from getting closer.

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A Capitol Police officer told Insider he was moved from a hard squad to help with the lockdown. He said officers were armed with M4 rifles, in addition to their Glocks. The officer said the lockdown was lengthier than expected as authorities sought more information about the incident.

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The lockdown was lifted just after 3 p.m. ET. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff said she ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in light of the events.

Friday’s incident comes less than three months after hundreds of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol to interrupt a joint session of Congress that was underway to finalize President Joe Biden’s win. At least five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died during the violent insurrection.

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2 police officers and a suspect hospitalized after incident at US Capitol

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U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

  • The United States Capitol went under lockdown on Friday afternoon.
  • Capitol Police cited an “external security threat.”
  • A police alert told those in the complex to avoid any windows or doors, and to stay inside.
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Two police officers and a suspect have been hospitalized after a car appeared to ram a barricaded checkpoint outside the US Capitol.

On Twitter, Capitol Police confirmed a suspect is in custody, and that the driver of a car along with two officers were taken to the hospital.

Capitol Police sent out an alert Friday afternoon notifying those in the complex that they should remain indoors because of an “external security threat.”

Early videos showed a heavy police response outside of the Capitol, including a helicopter landing on the premises.

Witnesses reported a car crashed into a barrier outside of the Capitol shortly after 1 p.m. local time.

A pair of stretchers were also seen by a reporter as first responders arrived on the scene.

Neither the House nor Senate were in session on Friday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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New York Legislature legalizes recreational marijuana for adults

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The New York State Capitol and Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.

  • The New York Legislature passed a bill to legalize marijuana for adults on Tuesday.
  • It allows for for home growing, dispensary sales, and “consumption lounges.”
  • Gov. Cuomo has said that if passed he would sign it into law.
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The New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill legalizing marijuana for those over 21 years of age on Tuesday, bringing the Empire State into the recreational cannabis market along with several of its neighbors.

The New York Senate passed the bill to legalize recreational marijuana earlier Tuesday in a 40-23 vote. Late into the night, the Assembly passed adult-use cannabis in a 100-49. The legislation is now en route to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. He has said he would sign the bill and reiterated his support again on Tuesday after the bill passed both chambers of New York’s state legislature.

With the April 1 budget deadline looming, lawmakers were swift to coalesce around the final language that was only released on Saturday.

Medical cannabis is already legal in a limited capacity in New York, but the recreational provisions in this bill most likely won’t take effect until 2022. Norman Birenbaum told Insider in February that he expects sales to begin around 12-18 months after the bill passes, in accordance with most other states that have made the transition from medical to recreational in recent years.

Cannabis companies have been pouring over the details of the bill, with licenses up for grabs in what could become a $5 billion market by 2025, according to analysts from Cantor Fitzgerald and Stifel.

Under the framework set forward by lawmakers, adults over the age of 21 in New York would be able to legally purchase and possess cannabis.

They’ll also be allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants at home, with a maximum of three mature and three immature plants per adult, and partake in marijuana on-site at various “consumption lounges.”

The legislation expands New York’s existing medical program. The list of qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis could be expanded, along with product options. Flower products, which are not allowed under New York’s medical program, may be permitted under the expansions.

The 10 cannabis companies that currently operate in New York’s medical market are expected to have a big leg up over new entrants into the space because they already have dispensaries and cultivation in place in the state. However, the bill emphasizes social equity and outlines a goal of 50% of licenses going to social equity applicants, or individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

The bill also earmarks 40% of tax revenue from cannabis sales for a new fund to support economic and social-equity programs. Another 40% would go to the state education fund, and the remaining 20% would go to drug-education program – a structure that marks a huge win for Democrats who had pushed for social equity to be a key component of legalization.

The tax revenues that would come in from a legal market were a point of debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers the past two times New York tried – and failed – to legalize cannabis. But with the myriad scandals facing Gov. Cuomo, lawmakers were able to wield more control than they otherwise would have during budget season.

Details such as how many dispensaries will be allowed in total in New York still need to be worked out. The bill would create an Office of Cannabis Management and a Cannabis Control Board to regulate the industry and fine-tune these details.

Individuals who want to take part in New York’s legal market would have the choice of either owning dispensaries or becoming a cultivator under the bill. The exceptions to this are existing medical operators wishing to transition to adult-use and “microbusinesses,” or smaller social equity operators who can control multiple parts of their own supply chain. Incumbent medical operators will be allowed to keep their cultivation, distribution, and retail capabilities even if they choose to take part in the recreational market.

New retail operators would be allowed a maximum of three dispensaries. There is not yet a cap on the total number of licenses allowed in New York. This number of licenses may be left up to the Cannabis Control Board, the bill said.

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3 US soldiers killed after a Black Hawk helicopter crashes in New York

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A UH-60 helicopter.

  • Three US soldiers were killed after an Army National Guard helicopter crashed in Mendon, New York, during a routine training mission in the evening, according to the state’s National Guard.
  • The incident is under investigation.
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Three US soldiers were killed after an Army National Guard helicopter crashed in Mendon, New York, during a routine training mission in the evening, according to the state’s National Guard.

A UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport was said to have crashed, the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs said in a statement.

The incident is under investigation.

The UH-60, which has been used by the US military for over 40 years, plays numerous roles, including air-assault and medical evacuation missions. Its crew ordinarily consists of at least a pilot, co-pilot, and a crew chief.

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The crash of a Boeing plane in Indonesia was unlikely the result of a design flaw: Expert

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Indonesian soldiers are seen at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact after taking off, in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 9, 2021.

  • A Boeing plane in Indonesia is believed to have crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday.
  • The 26-year-old plan was a Boeing 737-500 and part of the “Classic” 737 series which finished production in 1999.
  • While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group, doesn’t believe it was the result of a design flaw. 
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On Saturday, a Boeing plane carrying 62 passengers disappeared minutes after take off and authorities say it is assumed to have crashed into the Java Sea.

The Indonesian Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 took off from Jakarta, Indonesia and was carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members.

According to the flight tracker website FlightRadar24, the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in under a minute. A local fisherman told BBC that he witnessed the crash saying “The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water.”  Some debris from the plane has been found in the water, according to Indonesian media reports. 

The plane was a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, part of the “Classic” 737 series which finished production in 1999. The cause of the crash is unclar.

Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group, doesn’t believe the crash was a the result of a design flaw with the model. 

“This is not even the model before the Max, it has been in service for 30 years so it’s unlikely to be a design fault,” he told Bloomberg. “Thousands of these planes have been built and production ended over 20 years ago, so something would have been discovered by now.”

In an email to Insider, Aboulafia said that while 26-years of service exceeds the typical retirement age of many planes, it’s not unusual for an aircraft that old to be flying.

“And it would be totally safe assuming the correct maintenance procedures were in place and enforced by local regulators,” he wrote.

The suspected crash comes amid a few tough few years for Boeing.

In October 2018 and in March 2019, two Boeing 737 Max model planes crashed, killing a total of 364 people. The plane was ordered ground around the world while regulators and Boeing worked to fix what appeared to be a fundamental design flaw with the model. At the end of 2020, following intense investigations, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared the 737 Max to fly again.

This week, Boeing agreed to pay a$2.5 billion criminal penalty to settle charges of fraud conspiracy related to its 737 Max scandal. 

Boeing CEO David Calhoun said the resolution was the right choice for the company. “This resolution is a serious reminder to all of us hw critical our obligation of transparency to regulators is, and the consequences that our company can face if any of us falls short of those expectations.”

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