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‘It’s about violating campaign finance law’: MSNBC host shuts down Trump fan calling Daniels’ lawsuit ‘smut’

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MSNBC anchor Alex Witt on Saturday scolded a guest for attempting to claim that President Donald Trump’s scandal involving Stormy Daniels is a “distraction” and “smut.”

“How do you make sense of the president’s silence on Stormy Daniels? Is it at all possible that there are more details that he may be afraid have yet to come out on this?” Witt asked Carrie Sheffield, the national editor of the conservative Accuracy In Media.

“I congratulate the president on keeping above the fray, because it’s really smut, it’s really beneath the dignity of the Oval Office,” Sheffield claimed. “And the fact that this tweet storm by her lawyer, it’s really a distraction.”

“But, Carrie, can we be clear here?” Witt asked. “I’m not talking about what happened or did not happen between the sheets here.”

“We’re talking about violating campaign finance law or anything else that may come as a result of an investigation here,” Witt explained. “So when you talk about something beyond the smut you’re referring to, campaign finance being broken, those laws, isn’t that something we should be talking about?”

“Sure, if there were evidence and substance that this actually happened,” Sheffield explained. “There’s a lot of speculation and a lot of conservatives are upset because they see that, again, the Mueller investigation is about speculation with no results.”

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has secured guilty pleas from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump campaign Deputy Chairman Rick Gates, foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, Richard Pinedo and Alex van der Zwaan. Trump campaign Chairman Paul Paul Manafort has also been charged, along with thirteen Russian citizens and three Russian entities.

“In this country we have a principle called innocent until proven guilty,” she continued. “And so we see that because the Mueller investigation is coming up dry in most respects, as it relates to the president, the questions obstruction and collusion, that the media is now turning to questions of this distraction, sideshow, rabbit hole that has no substance or merit to the American people.”

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Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts

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During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.

Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.

"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."

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DOJ money laundering probe of Deutsche Bank includes Kushner transactions: report

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a criminal investigation of possible money laundering violations by Deutsche Bank, and the New York Times is reporting that the probe will include taking a look at some 2016 transactions involving Kushner Cos. — the business owned by the family of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

In banking, reports of possibly suspicious activity are known as “suspicious activity reports,” and the DOJ is investigating why Deutsche Bank prepared such alerts for activity involving Kushner Cos. but did not file them. A key figure in the DOJ’s investigation is whistleblower Tammy McFadden, who helped prepare suspicious activity reports for Kushner Cos.-related transactions. McFadden is a former compliance officer for Deutsche Bank.

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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