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Pruitt or Zinke?: Maddow predicts who will be voted off the island next

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Following ten days of scandal about the use of government-funded private and military jets, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned from the Trump cabinet on Friday.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out in the hours after his resignation went public, he’s far from the only member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to resign — and there’s no telling who will be next.

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“This really is a very deep, deep theme in this administration,” Maddow said, listing off the other four cabinet members embroiled in similar corruption scandals.

First was Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who was denied his request to use federal funds to charter a private jet for his European honeymoon but who did fly on a military plane to Fort Knox to “inspect the gold” and watch the solar eclipse in August.

After the first news about Price’s lavish government travel spending broke, soon after came reports that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt chartered $14,000 worth of private jets around his home state of Oklahoma. He also signed a contract for a $25,000 soundproof booth for his office, which his staff said he needs for “security.”

Then came news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who Maddow noted is in the process of trying to sell off federal lands to oil prospectors, used government money to hire private jets to attend conferences in the Caribbean and to fly a short distance from his home in Montana.

And finally, a mere few hours before Price resigned, the Washington Post reported that Veteran Affairs head David Shulkin and his wife used federal funds to go on a “work trip” to Europe that included a visit to four castles and the women’s tennis championship finals at Wimbledon. As Maddow noted, he did so after instructing staffers to make sure “employee travel in their organization is essential” with the hopes of decreasing their travel time.

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“After Tom Price resigned today, the president chose to display his personal disapproval of Tom Price’s terrible taxpayer-funded conspicuous waste flying to his golf resort in New Jersey,” she concluded.

Trump’s family has also been accused of wracking up major travel costs, including reports released the same day as Price’s resignation that Trump’s daughter and son-in-law Ivanka and Jared Kushner have spent nearly $400,000 government dollars on ski trips since he became president.

Watch Maddow track the Trump cabinet’s travel spending problem and try to figure out who’s next to go below, via MSNBC.

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Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.

According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.

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Rick Wilson mocks GOP as impeachment witnesses ‘obliterate’ their talking points: ‘Dumber than a sack of hair’

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On Wednesday, as the House wrapped up another day of bombshell impeachment testimony from multiple foreign service officers, former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Rick Wilson mocked President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, pointing out that all of their major talking points to defend the president's conduct in Ukraine have been "obliterated":

1/ Hey committee Republicans! Have you noticed every single line of defense that you've mounted this week for the president has been utterly fucking obliterated?

Is this clear to you yet?

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Pro-Trump fundraisers subpoenaed by Manhattan federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani henchmen

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have issued subpoenas for a number of people financing President Donald Trump's re-election effort, as well as independent pro-Trump groups, as part of their investigation of indicted Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

Among those subpoenaed are Brian Ballard, a Trump campaign donor, and two people who helped fundraise for the super PAC America First Action, all of whom allegedly worked with Parnas and Fruman as they helped Giuliani run the Ukraine scheme.

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