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WATCH: Putin opposition leader says he can show Paul Manafort’s links to the Kremlin

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Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, posted a video on Thursday claiming to prove ties between onetime Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the Kremlin, the Moscow Times reports.

In the video, Navalny traces Manafort’s link to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whom the opposition leader alleged acted as an intermediary between the former Trump associate and associates of Putin.

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Deripaska is the Russian metal tycoon who was offered “private briefings” by Manafort two weeks before then-candidate Trump secured the Republican nomination. Manafort had a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska before he was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

According to Navalny, there’s a trail — through a “self-described ‘sex huntress'” — that places Deripaska and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko together in August 2016, a month after Manafort offered the Russian oligarch briefings on the campaign.

“[It’s] because these briefings were actually for Putin, the Kremlin, the Federal Security Service,” Navalny charges in the video.

Watch Navalny’s video below (with English subtitles).

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‘Russia is delighted’: Maddow says the elephant in the room is ‘rearing up and stomping its feet’

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC broke down how all of President Donald Trump's decisions in the Ukraine scandal primarily benefited Russia.

"We are in the middle of this impeachment now and it is still unfolding and there is still more to learn and tomorrow is going to be — tomorrow should be a big deal," Maddow noted. "Even just the news tonight is a big deal."

"But even after one day of public hearings so far, the elephant in the room here feels like it’s rearing up and stomping its feet, because who benefits with all these things Trump has done?" Maddow asked. "With all of them. With all this stuff in the middle of the impeachment, but all the other stuff he’s doing simultaneously."

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Trump begs Louisiana for a ‘big win’ after his last-minute rally in Kentucky backfired

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At his last-ditch rally in Louisiana to help the struggling gubernatorial candidacy of GOP businessman Eddie Rispone, President Donald Trump boasted — incorrectly — that his rally in Kentucky narrowed the gap for Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost the race, by 19 points. He then begged voters to give Rispone a "big win."

"We elected everybody," said Trump. "The governor got brought up, in a few short days, 19 points. I went, we made a speech, the whole ticket was there, everybody won big. Governor's a really good guy. But 19 points is a big thing, and he lost by just a few thousand votes. And the headlines next day, Trump took a loss — I lifted him up a lot. But Trump took a loss. So you gotta give me a big win, please, okay? Okay?"

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Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."

"The Republicans are treating us like idiots," said Gergen. "They just — they say you're only bringing forth hearsay. You don't have any firsthand information. We know there are three people who know exactly what happened. One is named [Rudy] Giuliani. One is chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney and the third is [John] Bolton. And what's happened here? They all three have been called. The president said no, you must not talk. So the Republicans then come up and say, well, you only have hearsay."

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