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‘The storm is hitting’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber predicts something big ‘is happening in the Mueller probe right now’

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MSNBC chief legal correspondent and host of The Beat, Ari Melber, connected the dots to conclude that something big is currently happening in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Tonight a new White House shake-up, more key witnesses in the Russia probe speaking out,” Melber noted. “But also breaking right now, Donald Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, out. And the Russia probe, the storm is hitting after the calm.”

“It has been, if you think about it, months of silence, several witnesses in the Mueller probe, keeping their silence until this week, they’re speaking out,” Melber noted. “It began of course with Sam Nunberg, who did his first on-camera interview on this show last night.”

“But this is much broader than Sam Nunberg, after he spoke about his mentor Roger Stone, the former Trump advisor, as I just mentioned, Roger then spoke out in this unusual interview with Chuck Todd, it’s another interesting development in the news about the Russia probe,” Melber continued. “So that’s two witnesses right there. In a moment, it will be three, I’ll be joined by Simona Mangiante, a witness who was interviewed by Mueller’s team about George Papadopoulos.”

“First some context. You don’t have to listen all that closely to these stories to see something is happening in the Mueller probe right now,” Melber observed. “He’s bearing down on new leads, he is hitting new people with subpoenas, witnesses are leaking, and while they usually do that anonymously, then you get Sam Nunberg, telling his stories out in the open.”

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Melber noted how Nunberg’s comments revealed insight into Mueller’s probe, but suggested the most important aspect was that he was speaking on record.

“It’s actually a rare thing, I can tell you for a grand jury probe, it is the disclosures of information and evidence from primary sources, from people who have actually been in that room in Mueller’s office, or who are headed there, and Mr. Nunberg isn’t the first to disclose this kind of information or that didn’t have an ax to grind,” Melber continued. “Most of the stories we get about this probe, these headlines that all of us read, they come from witnesses leaking anonymously, and that’s how we know what little we know about the probe.”

“Those people leak, anonymously, out of self-interest,” Melber highlighted. “Think about this, Nunberg leaked on the record, probably against self-interest.”

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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