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Fox News politics editor erupts over Manafort’s ‘rotten’ behavior in warning to Trump’s defenders

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Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt slammed the “corruption at its core” alleged in new indictments by special prosecutor Robert Mueller during an appearance on “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.”

“Fox News alert. A federal grand jury returns a new indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, accusing him with obstruction of justice and potential witness tampering,” Perino introduced.

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“Paul Manafort seems to be, being squeezed from all sides,” Perino observed. “The more they look into what he’s been doing, the more they find.”

“Well, he squeezed himself on this one,” Stirewalt noted. “What’s alleged here is the kind of conduct that is as foolish as it is rotten.”

“If he did this, tampering with a witness in an investigation, this is corruption at it’s core, it’s disrespect of the process,” he concluded.

Stirewalt also had advice for Trump defenders.

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“They should tread carefully in their defenses when it comes to sticking up for people like Paul Manafort,” he suggested. “When somebody tells you who they are enough times, believe them.”

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‘Criminal and impeachable’: Watergate prosecutor says Mick Mulvaney damaged Trump with admission

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a "stunning" amount of wrongdoing during a Thursday briefing at the White House.

For analysis, "Deadline: White House" guest host John Heilemann interviewed former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks.

"Jill Wine-Banks, we have seen this week the story this week has been kind of the story of all the president’s men being assembled," Heilemann said. "We’ve seen John Bolton put in the middle of this thing, although maybe on the right side of history. We’ve seen Rudy Giuliani’s role expanded. We’ve seen Mick Mulvaney -- who previously had no complicity in any of this -- suddenly go from being an outlying figure to being a central figure."

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Republican Lisa Murkowski ‘concerned’ about Mick Mulvaney’s admission of Trump’s quid pro quo

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told reporters that she was "concerned" after hearing chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admit President Donald Trump bribed Ukraine.

“Did he [Trump] also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that,” said Mulvaney, who also serves as the director of the Office of Management and Budget. “That’s it, and that’s why we held up the money.”

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Trump’s lead counsel disavows Mulvaney’s admission the president engaged in Ukraine quid pro quo

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On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney stunned reporters by effectively admitting President Donald Trump demanded a quid pro quo from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for foreign aid appropriated by Congress.

According to CNN's Jim Acosta, Mulvaney's speech was so out of left field that the president's chief attorney immediately disavowed it.

"Mulvaney's performance blindsided the president's outside legal team, as the president's lead attorney, Jay Sekulow, said on the record to CNN, the legal team was not involved in the acting chief of staff's press briefing," said White House correspondent Jim Acosta. "That is pretty telling when the chief counselor to the president is saying, we did not have anything to do with this."

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