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‘Better than the Game of Thrones’: Ex-CIA officer Phil Mudd fascinated by timing of Mike Flynn revelations

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Former CIA agent Phil Mudd explained to CNN’s Jim Acosta that the timing of revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller has been sequenced to increase pressure during each subsequent phase of the investigation.

‘Let’s focus on not only what he can offer but the timing,” Mudd suggested. “The timing to me, this is better than the ‘Game of Thrones,’ if you’re from Washington, D.C.,” Mudd suggested.

“We’re going into key interviews in the White House, those interviewees, people like Jared Kushner, now know a couple things. Number one, it’s not just about Russia, if you lie, Robert Mueller has already shown he’ll indict you. Number two, if you’ve got financial irregularities, it’s not just about Russia, he’ll indict you,” Mudd explained. “Now we have a number three…if you sort of shuck and jive about what happened during the campaign, there’s somebody who was there, was sitting beside you, who’s going to say Director Mueller that guy is not telling the truth.”

“This is interesting, the timing, because now these people know they’re in trouble,” Mudd concluded.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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