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‘Paul is a bad guy — let’s not kid ourselves’: Corey Lewandowski trashes Trump kids for hiring Manafort

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Corey Lewandowski plugged his new book on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and host Joe Scarborough did his best to provoke the former Trump campaign manager into slamming his former colleagues.

The former campaign official and erstwhile CNN commentator has been promoting his book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” on TV shows all week, and Scarborough tried to get him to comment on his now-indicted replacement.

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“How do you feel Dec. 6, 2017, seeing Paul Manafort, getting in the trouble that Paul Manafort is getting into,” Scarborough said, “and wouldn’t you like to say anything to Donald Trump’s children who unceremoniously dumped you on your ass earlier in the campaign? Because that was their idea, they were the ones that pressured their father into it and they got somebody who is now probably going back to jail. How do you feel?”

Lewandowski admitted he was upset that he was fired after leading the improbable campaign to primary wins in 38 states, and said he never really got an explanation for the sacking.

“They brought in the great delegate hunter, the guy who before the invention of the fax machine was the last one to be involved in a contested Republican convention, in 1976,” Lewandowski said. “They bring the dinosaur out and say, here is the great delegate hunter.”

Lewandowski said Manafort proved to be a manifestly terrible choice, because his ties to the Kremlin were already under investigation when he joined the campaign.

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“Here is what we now know about Paul Manafort, and what we should have known ahead of time,” he said. “Public reports say he was under a FISA warrant, and public reports say that after he left the campaign, he was under a FISA warrant. His activity of 10 years preceding his tenure at the campaign put him under indictment under (special counsel Robert) Mueller, and very likely he’s facing a number of serious charges, under house arrest. We saw the story that he was trying to collude with some Russian to try to write an op-ed against a paper. Paul is a bad guy — let’s not kid ourselves. Justice will happen. That’s how the system works.”

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George Washington Bridge shut down for all traffic as Bomb Squad investigates suspicious device

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Traffic in New York City slowed to gridlock on Friday after authorities shut down the world's busiest vehicular bridge.

"All traffic on the George Washington Bridge has been closed off due to reports of a suspicious device on the span linking New York and New Jersey," CBS New York reported Thursday.

"According to police sources, the Port Authority Police Department has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad to help with their investigation," CBS added. "Sources tell CBS2 the NYPD has not been called in yet to assist with the possible threat."

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Maddow walks through existence of a ‘whistleblower’ alleging the IRS is mishandling Trump’s taxes

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Thursday on the "confetti canon" of new filings in the legal battle between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the House Ways and Means Committee over access to President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Maddow reported on Exhibit QQ in the latest filings, which is a letter from Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"On July 29, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' -- specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program," Exhibit QQ read.

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Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’

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On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:

Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.

We’ll keep TX safe.#txlege pic.twitter.com/ymct4aiSgK

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