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Ex-US attorney tells Maddow Kushner adviser’s airport confrontation with FBI almost as shocking as his child porn charges

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As more information about Lebanese-American businessman and onetime Jared Kushner adviser George Nader comes to light, a former U.S. attorney tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the circumstances surrounding his cooperation with the special counsel are significant.

Responding to news that Nader was once indicted in the 80’s on child pornography charges and later had his case dismissed when the government’s warrant was declared invalid, Maddow asked Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney in Michigan, to further describe what led to the Lebanese-American businessman being thrust into the spotlight.

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Nader, Maddow noted, has been cooperating with Mueller since FBI agents confronted him at Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport in January — a divergence from Mueller’s typical modus operandi.

“It’s very significant they met him at the airport as he got off a plane,” McQuade said. “This is not the way we’ve seen Robert Mueller doing business where he reaches out, schedules an interview, has them come in at a time of convenience. “

“It’s quite possible, as we saw with [indicted Trump campaign aide] George Papadopoulos, that they actually had criminal charges they charged him with and arrested him at that time,” she continued. “We don’t know that. It could have been a confrontation we could arrest you or would you prefer to talk with us and instead be a witness. If they had a search warrant to seize electronic devices, those may have provided to be very fruitful.”

“It seems like Robert Mueller was very keen to talk to him as quickly as possible and not let him get away and lose another moment,” McQuade concluded. 

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A day prior to the bombshell Atlantic report on Nader’s child porn arrest, the New York Times reported that Nader has informed the special counsel that a January 2017 meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Russian officials in the Seychelles was intended to set up a backchannel between the Trump administration and Russia. Prince has repeatedly denied to media and congressional investigators that the meeting was anything other than a coincidence.

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Trump officials furious with NRA over ‘dick move’ leak of LaPierre phone call: report

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President Donald Trump originally appeared interested in strengthening federal background check laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Then, after a phone conversation with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday, Trump reportedly assured him that background checks were "off the table" and pivoted to discussing anything but guns.

It was a depressingly familiar moment for Trump, who also previously headfaked toward some minor gun control reforms after the Parkland school shooting and quickly walked them back.

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Trump mulling ‘uniquely dystopian’ proposal to use AI to identify mental health issues as risk factors for gun violence

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One critic called the proposal, which expands on Trump's claim that mental illnesses, not guns, are to blame for gun violence, "nothing less than chilling."

In keeping with his insistence that people with mental illnesses, and not the wide availability of guns, are to blame for the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S., President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a new project aimed at detecting mental health issues to stop shootings before they happen.

As The Washington Post reported Thursday, the Trump administration has worked with Bob Wright, a close friend of Trump's and his collaborator on the reality show "The Apprentice," to develop a proposal for a new federal agency that would be called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), within the Health and Human Services Department.

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Former Dem Senator hilariously nails perfect impression of ‘pouting’ Trump at G7 because nobody ‘likes him’ there

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During the "Overtime" segment of HBO's Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France,m saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.

With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.

After the two posed as Trump and Geerman leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.

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