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‘Bad things are going to happen’: Morning Joe warns Trump associates to give up goods to Mueller — or else

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Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough (MSNBC)

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the latest bombshell revelations about the Russia investigation showed why President Donald Trump’s associates should fear special counsel Robert Mueller.

New reporting shows federal investigators intended to indict former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and reveals how quickly Mueller’s team has gathered potentially damning evidence against the president’s associates.

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“Bob Mueller does not play around,” Scarborough said. “He is the antithesis of everything that Donald Trump is. He is a man that has repeatedly, throughout his entire life, believed that if you have integrity, nothing else matters — and if you don’t, nothing else matters.”

The New York Times reported that federal agents convinced a judge to let them pick Manafort’s lock before executing a pre-dawn search warrant, and Scarborough said that should send a chill down the spine of Trump’s campaign associates.

“This sends a message to everybody in this investigation,” he said. “Forget what Donald Trump has told you, forgot the nod and the winks, forget the assurances that everything is going to be okay — everything is not going to be okay. Bob Mueller will figure out how to get to the facts. If you have information, you better give it to him or bad things are going to happen.”

The “Morning Joe” host reminded viewers that Mueller was also working with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, which means charges are in play at the state level — beyond the reach of a presidential pardon.

“There is nothing Donald Trump can do to help you there,” he warned.

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Rick Wilson urges ‘humiliation and incarceration’ for the GOP’s ‘grubby sellouts’ who propped up Trump for 4 years

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Republicans know the end of Donald Trump's presidency is near, despite his increasingly desperate legal challenges, and former GOP strategist Rick Wilson won't be willing to forgive and forget.

Wilson, writing for The Daily Beast, imagines there will be a rush of Republicans to distance themselves from the soon-to-be-former president, but he said there will be copious evidence of lawmakers, governors and political professional debasing themselves for Trump.

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Expert breaks down the ultimate goal of Trump’s ‘classic Russian-style disinformation campaign’

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Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, spoke with CNN's Brian Stelter on Sunday to explain the ultimate goal of President Donald Trump's false accusations of a rigged and stolen election.

Rauch was asked by Stelter if the issue is Trump is simply trapped in the delusion that he actually beat President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

"Is delusion a fair word for these election lies?" Stelter wondered.

"No, actually, I don't think it is," Rauch replied. "It's hard to know what's going on in the mind of the president, but you don't really need to. What you need to know is that what he is running right now is a classic Russian-style disinformation campaign of a type known as the firehose of falsehood. That's when you utilize every channel, not just media, but also the bully pulpit, even litigation to push out as many different stories and conspiracy theories and lies and half-truths as you possibly can in order to flood the zone if with disinformation."

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GOP congressman gets #StopTheStupid trending big-time against Donald Trump — but there’s a catch

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The hashtag #stopthestupid was trending last night on Twitter thanks to -- of all people -- a conservative Republican congressman from Michigan named Paul Mitchell. But before anyone gets too excited that Republicans are discovering integrity, there’s an asterisk: Mitchell is retiring in January.

Here’s what the exasperated congressman tweeted Sunday night in response to Trump’s lunatic ranting about the election outcome:

https://twitter.com/RepPaulMitchell/status/1333214085341712388?s=20

Sunday night, there were more than 21,000 tweets featuring #stopthestupid, many of them wondering aloud why more Republicans cannot show the spine and integrity displayed by Mitchell. Most presumably don’t realize, however, that he’s leaving Congress after just two terms in office.

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