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‘In their souls, they are traitors to this country’: Olbermann blisters Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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Broadcaster Keith Olbermann began his GQ show The Resistance demanding the arrest of Jared Kushner.

“I call for the immediate arrest of Jared Kushner,” Olbermann urged.

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“If he should not be suspected of money-launder, racketeering, and influence peddling, then he should be suspected of obstruction of justice and espionage,” Olbermann explained, before adding, “and possibly worse.”

Olbermann cited 18 U.S. Code § 794, which says that anyone convicted of violating such federal law, “shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life.”

“These people do not believe in the law, these people do not believe in patriotism, these people do not believe in the United States of America,” Olbermann stated. “These people — Kushner, his wife, Trump, General Allen, General McMaster, General Flynn, the others — are in their souls, if not under the law, traitors to this country.”

“No matter which excuse Kushner has for proposing to talk to Russia, using secret Russia communications, while surrounded by Russian spies, inside Russian territory, there is but one answer: arrest Kushner now,” Olbermann concluded.

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Kushner’s marriage to Ivanka Trump positioned him as one of Donald Trump’s closest confidantes during the campaign and within the White House. Kushner is reportedly miserable at the White House as reports indicate he spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about establishing a secret backchannel line of communication between Trump’s organization and the Kremlin, resulting in Kushner being “under scrutiny” by the FBI.

On Friday, it was reported Kushner failed to disclose multiple conversations between himself and Kislyak, though a lawyer for the businessman claimed he has “no recollection” of such communications.

“There’s another question about his security clearance, and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts [with Russia],” Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a backchannel and didn’t reveal that, that’s a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that security clearance.”

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Kushner’s meeting with Russian banker and Vladimir Putin ally Sergey Gorkov in December 2016 is, according to the Times, “now being scrutinized by the F.B.I. as part of its investigation into alleged Russian attempts to disrupt last year’s presidential campaign, and whether any of Mr. Trump’s advisers assisted in such efforts.”

Gorkov’s bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB), was placed under sanction in 2014 for their role as a government-owned financial institution in Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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G7 off to a rough start as Trump aides slam host Macron’s agenda

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With President Donald Trump at the latest G7 summit, all eyes are on the interactions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two world leaders started off amicably, exchanging pleasantries, but behind the scenes, things have grown contentious.

According to Politico, Trump officials are railing against Macron, accusing him of trying to "fracture" the summit by steering the negotiations away from trade and into areas like climate change.

This development comes after Trump harshly criticized Macron for enacting a tax on digital services, which could increase costs for American tech companies like Google and Facebook. Trump threatened that if France does not suspend its "unfair" digital tax, "we'll be taxing their wine like they've never seen before." It is a threat that Trump has made repeatedly over the last few weeks whenever he has gotten angry at France.

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A likely recession could doom Trump

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article first appeared in Salon.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"

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