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‘He’s trying to pull a fast one’: Top Dem blasts Trump lawyer Cohen for dodging Senate Intel Committee

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Yesterday, President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen leaked a statement to the press that included a blanket denial of any collusion with Russia prior to his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

That maneuver, one of the committee’s members told CNN’s Jake Tapper, didn’t work out as intended.

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“Mr. Cohen, who’s had a colorful past to say the least, I think tried to pull a fast one and tried to put out a public statement,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Tapper.

After Cohen’s prepared statement for the committee went public, they canceled the meeting and will instead subpoena Cohen to testify publicly in October.

“We said you want to violate our rules, fine, we’ll have you back in public and let all the committee members ask him questions directly,” Warner continued. 

In his statement, Cohen claimed he has never “engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack or interfere with the election,” and that the infamous British spy dossier that mentioned him by name “was riddled with total falsehoods and intentionally salacious accusations.”

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Between mentions of him in the dossier and his role in the failed Trump Tower Moscow project, Warner said “there’s a lot of questions Mr. Cohen has to answer.”

Cohen denied allegations of impropriety in his efforts to help build Trump Tower Moscow, saying it “was solely a real estate deal and nothing more.”

“I was doing my job,” Cohen wrote.

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Watch Warner tear down Cohen’s statement below, via CNN.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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