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‘Stunning’: MSNBC’s John Heilemann warns Paul Ryan is now on ‘Team Russia’

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Veteran journalist and MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann linked House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) directly to Russia Thursday during a political discussion about Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) FBI memo.

According to Heilmann, Ryan’s decision to stand with Nunes and President Donald Trump means he’s now on “Team Russia.”

“It has clarified the extent to which Paul Ryan is now no longer on ‘Team USA’ or on even ‘Team old-Republican party,’” Heilemann said. “He is on ‘Team Nunes,’ which means he is on ‘Team Trump’ which means, to some extent, they are all advancing, in some sense, the interests of Russia. This is what Russia wants here. I continue to be baffled by Ryan’s behavior.”

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Heilemann continued, saying, “I find that utterly stunning. I did not think he would end up in this position.”

Ryan’s fall from grace is “utterly supine” and the speaker’s actions are “utterly stunning,” according to Heilemann. He anticipates they will have “huge implications for the future.”

Republican panelist Bill Kristol noted the White House thinks the memo will likely be released, but he anticipated it would be a “dud” and has already “accomplished its purpose.” The controversy and the media attention has already “muddied the waters” so Trump can fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

They concluded there is no length the GOP will go to at this point to save Trump and protect him from the Russia investigation.

While Nunes has defended his controversial memo, he has not gone so far as to stake his own reputation on it’s veracity.

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Ken Starr is an awful choice for Trump’s legal team because he’ll look like a hypocrite: Former federal prosecutor

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President Donald Trump has a severe hypocrisy problem, and it has extended to his legal team. In a CNN explainer answering legal questions from viewers, former state and federal prosecutor Eli Honig explained that the choice of Ken Starr for Trump's legal team was a terrible idea.

Trump has chosen lawyers that are like a Fox News legal discussion panel. Pat Cipollone, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Wray, Pam Bondi and Jay Sekulow are all key people Trump has called on to defend him. But one person stands out, Honig explained. Ken Starr.

"He may emerge as a symbol of hypocrisy," Honig said. "He was the independent counsel who pursued Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Ken Starr turned over Heaven and Earth in his investigation of Bill Clinton. He talked to everyone who ever had known Monica Lewinsky, ex-boyfriends, teachers, window washers. And here he's going to say you shouldn't be hearing from primary witnesses?"

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‘Comparing yourself to terrorists?’ Internet cracks up at Trump saying dead 9-11 hijackers got more justice than him

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President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Mark Levin that left many scratching their heads. Levin, who has a show on Sunday evenings, claimed that the terrorists from Sept. 11 got more due process than the president.

The claim was a curious one because, as many on Twitter noted, it's not often that the president of the United States compares himself to a terrorist. Secondly, the 9-11 hijackers all died in the attack, as they were on the planes that crashed into the buildings and into a Pennsylvania field.

Trump is known to quote Levin frequently, though the citations often make the president look worse.

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If people of color showed up to a Capitol protest heavily armed — Trump would call them terrorists: commentator

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Legal analyst Areva Martin explained in a CNN panel discussion Sunday that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has historically been a day in which white supremacists rear their ugly heads with racist protests and other public displays of bigotry. Monday's expected rally of racist gun nuts expected at the Virginia capitol is no different.

Colorblind author Tim Wise said that it's a whole different level with pro-gun activists. He noted that there was a message from the NRA that former President Barack Obama was going to take everyone's guns away. Of course, that never happened, but it was part of the narrative to scare sensible gun owners. Now, President Donald Trump is employing the same idea, saying that the rally of racists in Virginia is being spun by the president as another Democratic power-grab. Wise called it a kind of "front-lash" instead of "backlash."

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