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‘Extraordinary flim-flammery’: Rachel Maddow connects the dots on ‘ugly audit’ of Trump finances

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The “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC broadcast an in-depth look at why President Donald Trump has yet to begin preparing a legal defense for his business dealings.

Maddow explained how a 1980’s audit by New York City found that Trump had short-changed the city out of $2.8 million owed as part of a deal Trump made to avoid paying over $150 million in property taxes.

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“The audit did get done, it was very ugly. All sorts of shenanigans went down,” Maddow noted. “At one point Trump offered a job to the Auditor’s brother, so he could come work at the Trump organization.”

“If you are wondering why, as President Donald Trump is behaving strangely when it coming to the special counsel investigation, consider that the potential legal exposure of his financial dealings as a businessman, if that’s where the special counsel’s investigation is going,” Maddow suggested. “That would be something almost unprecedented in his entire 71 years of life.”

“It was an example of extraordinary flim-flammery,” said former NYC Auditor General Karen Burstein.

“Extraordinary flim-flammery,” Maddow repeated with a smile.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:

After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!

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