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MSNBC’s Morning Joe thinks Nunberg’s TV meltdown is a ‘smokescreen’: ‘Trump and Roger Stone would be proud’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg’s on-air meltdown Monday on various cable news programs is a very bad sign for the president.

The “Morning Joe” host said the shocking outbursts by Nunberg — who was fired twice by Trump, first in February 2014 and then in August 2015 — and another crazed morning tweet from President Donald Trump showed how high the special counsel had ramped up pressure.

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“There’s so much evidence out there that again, a tweet like Donald Trump’s really does — it just seems to prove what (former CIA director John) Brennan said, and that is how nervous he is becoming with where this (Robert) Mueller investigation is going,” Scarborough said.

Co-host Willie Geist agreed, saying the president’s panicked tweets showed how isolated and alone as the investigation closed in.

“We know the president watches a lot of cable news, yesterday could not have been comforting,” Geist said. “You can try to say he was a guy that he fired, which is true in august of 2015, but the fact is Sam Nunberg provided a window into Bob Mueller’s investigation. You have to take some of what he said with a grain of salt, but there is no question that President Trump is worried about what’s happening and he’s going to build up whatever smokescreen he can find to distract people from it.”

Scarborough suspected, however, that Nunberg’s bizarre, and possibly alcohol-fueled, outburst was part of a setup to protect his political mentor and “surrogate father,” Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone, and his old boss.

“Sam Nunberg, a former campaign guy who’s now in the focus of the special prosecutor, panicking, literally having a nervous, what appeared to be a nervous breakdown, on national TV on as many outlets as possible,” Scarborough said. “I’m sure both Donald Trump and Roger Stone would have been very proud of him.”

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Scarborough pointed back to communications director Hope Hicks, who abruptly resigned the day after testifying for hours before the House Intelligence Committee, and Trump’s irrational reaction to the departure of his “emotional support” in the White House.

“After he hears she’s going to depart, him losing it and deciding he’s going to start a trade war,” Scarborough said. “Kind of like kicking a dog because you’re an angry child. It seems like, again, the wheels are starting to come off.”

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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat

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Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.

But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.

"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."

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