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‘Like Richard Nixon in 1973’: Presidential historian explains Trump’s ‘pathological’ witness tampering

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A historian who has published nine books on the American presidency explained the parallels between President Donald Trump’s witness tampering and similar actions by President Richard Nixon during a Wednesday night appearance on MSNBC.

“I want to turn to NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss, a close student of not only this story, but of its antecedents,” Ari Melber introduced. “Your view of what this conjures.”

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“It conjures a couple of things, Ari, one is Richard Nixon in 1973 and 1974,” Beschloss replied. “He was accused by the House impeachment inquiry of witness tampering as part of obstruction of justice, which was one of the counts against him.”

“His aide, John Ehrlichman said it was pathological,” the historian explained. “Nixon was a lawyer, he knew to get involved in this was against his own self-interest, but he couldn’t help himself, he always had to get involved in this.”

Beschloss also noted another fascinating parallel.

“Vice President George Bush was in danger of being dragged into Iran-Contra,” Beschloss reminded. “He was advised deftly by his great friend and close aide and counsel, a guy named Boyden Gray, who kept Bush out of that scandal.”

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“By the hand of fate Ari, do you know where Donald Trump is eating dinner tonight,” Beschloss asked.

“No, I don’t,” Melber replied.

“He is eating dinner at the home of Boyden Gray, the same guy, in Georgetown, who just by chance happened to be having a dinner for Republican donors,” Beschloss revealed. “It’s said to be about the first time Donald Trump has gone to a private home in Washington for dinner.”

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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true

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President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.

MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.

"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.

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