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‘I am not an Uncle Tom’: Detroit pastor says he ‘changed the questions’ for Trump interview

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The Detroit pastor revealed to be hosting a scripted interview with Donald Trump on Saturday insisted that the real estate mogul’s presidential campaign is not in control of their meeting.

“I changed the questions up,” Bishop Wayne T. Jackson told WXYZ-TV. “I have confidential questions sitting right here by me now that nobody has seen but my secretary, who typed them up, and it’s in an envelope saying, ‘Apostle Wayne Jackson, confidential.’ Nobody knows. I have not discussed it with Mr. Trump’s camp or anybody else.”

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Jackson’s “confidential” questions would run counter to the script discovered by the New York Times, which specified not only the order of the questions Jackson was to ask Trump at Great Faith Ministries International, but also laid out responses for the Republican presidential nominee, who was instructed to tell the African-American congregation that “my support [with black voters] is now up to 8 percent and climbing.”

Media outlets have been barred from the meeting, which will not be aired until next week on Jackson’s Christian television channel, The Impact Network. The bishop, a Democrat, said that Trump’s campaign will not have input into how the broadcast is edited.

The Hill reported that Jackson was hit with criticism on his Facebook page, and was accused of hosting Trump for “a campaign advertisement” and not an actual interview.

But Jackson insisted to WXYZ that Trump would not receive preferential treatment.

“I am not a Uncle Tom. I am not an Uncle Ruckus,” he said. “And I say that to say this: I’ve always helped in our community. I’ve always given in our community. I won’t stop giving in our community and I want people to get that through their heads that this is not a rally, but he’s coming to church. Who would stop anybody from coming to church?”

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

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