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‘Either they were criminally negligent — or they weren’t and they knew’: Maddow calls BS on Mike Flynn excuses

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow once again hammered President Donald Trump’s administration for their claims that they didn’t know anything about what was going on with Gen. Mike Flynn and Russia. The evidence is stacking up about Flynn’s Russian dealings while working with Trump as are interviews with Flynn where he admits interaction with the Russians.

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Flynn did an interview while at the Republican National Convention where he was asked about a speech he gave while in Moscow. The reporter asked him who paid him or how he got paid. Flynn tried to dodge questions that he was paid but eventually fessed up that he was and that his speakers bureau got the check so he didn’t know who it was from. He stayed in a 5-star hotel right off of Red Square and brought his son Mike Flynn Jr. along with him.

(READ MORE: Rachel Maddow calls BS on Pence claim he never knew about Flynn’s Turkish contract)

“American public officials are not allowed to take payments from a foreign government and the department has made clear that retired military officers are not allowed to take payments from a foreign government,” Maddow explained. “Michael Flynn took it, though. Plus the money he took from his other two Russian gigs that we learned from his speaker’s bureau that was published by [Michael] Isikoff.”

Maddow continued that anyone who wants to do a speaking gig or be paid by a foreign government would have to get approval from their branch of the military. The U.S. Army indicated that their records say Flynn did not ask.

“Did they vet this guy at all when they made him National Security Advisor?” Maddow asked. “When they brought him in to sit in on the president’s daily brief and all the other highly classified intelligence briefings he received alongside Donald Trump during the transition and into his time at the White House?”

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has asked the White House to release the relevant parts of Flynn’s application for security clearance.

“Did he hide these payments from Russia when he applied for a security clearance?” Maddow asked. “If he hid those payments why wasn’t the White House able to discover them anyway? I mean, Mike Isikoff is a good reporter but he’s not that good. He’s not omniscient.”

She continued, asking if he disclosed he’d taken the money from Russia how he could be appointed as the National Security Advisor, particularly if the money was illegal.

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“Now he’s retroactively declared that he was also taking money from another foreign government,” she went on. “He was also taking money to lobby on behalf of the government of Turkey while he was advising the Trump campaign and while he was working in the transition, while he was getting those highly classified intelligence briefings alongside the new president.”

She noted that it has been a full month since Flynn was let go but there are still questions. Vice President Mike Pence maintained he knew nothing.

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“There are increasing questions as to how on earth the Trump campaign and the Trump transition and White House could ever have hired him,” she wondered. “Either their vetting was criminally negligent or it wasn’t and they knew what they were getting with him and they wanted somebody like him around classified information which is inconceivable unless they’ve got a brilliant explanation for it.”

She went on to say that there are two options and “it’s a scandal if they say A – its a scandal if they say B and that’s all they have A or B.”

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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