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‘Why did he need to lie to everybody?’ Intel Dem wonders about Michael Cohen’s Prague trip

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A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews the new questions raised by reports that longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen may have lied about a trip to Prague during the 2016 campaign.

“Let’s get to that story that just broke. that will special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign,” Matthews reported.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence member Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) joined Matthews to analyze the breaking news.

“Congressman Himes, what do you make of the fact there is now a factual argument, this isn’t about theory or interpretation, the guy was either in Prague that time — people don’t go the to the Prague every weekend — he was in Prague at a time he said he wasn’t there,” Mattthews concluded. “He was there according to Mueller’s investigation, what’s that tell you about the dossier and its credibility and what trouble that Trump is in now that his fixer has been nailed?”

“I’ll tell you, it raises two other questions and makes a very obvious point,” Rep. Himes replied.

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“Question number one, what was said in Prague with Michael Cohen?” he wondered. “Who did he meet with? What was said? What was the purpose that have trip?”

“Number two, which is more interesting, why did he need to lie about it?” Rep. Himes questioned. “If there is proof he was in Prague, why did he need to lie to everybody, including committees of Congress, about the fact that he was there?”

The Intel Democrat said “defenders of the president build their entire case” around the claim that Cohen was not in Prague and the dossier was fake.

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“That entire case falls apart,” Congressman Himes concluded.

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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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