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Journalist Sarah Kendzior: Russian lawyer’s Kremlin confession will implicate more than Don Jr

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Author and expert on authoritarian regimes Sarah Kendzior analyzed the implications of the latest reports on Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who admitted to being an “informant” for the Kremlin.

“Is there any problem now for Donald Trump, Jr., in your view, if it turns out that the person he was having these discussions about derogatory information about turns out to be a criminal informant,” MSNBC anchor Joy Reid asked.

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“I mean yes, there should be a problem,” Kendzior replied. “There should’ve been a problem from the very beginning when he published his e-mails … we saw this laid out, we saw the illicit ties that they had denied a long time — documented.”

The latest reports could haunt President Trump and his administration beyond his eldest son. The meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump, Jr. was also attended by son-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manfort, who at the timing was managing the Trump campaign.

“What’s important is to look at this in the broader scope of illicit connections between members of the Trump campaign and Trump administration and the Kremlin and oligarchs,” Kendzior suggested. “Trump, Jr. is only one part of this puzzle.”

“They are trying to say there is no collusion, but I think what we’re seeing here is the cover up,” she continued. “We have two layers of this problem, one is what they did in the illicit ties and the other is the constant lying that’s been going on for the last two years.”

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Trump launches new attack on his own Fed chairman: ‘Jay Powell & the Fed don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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