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‘Trump Nation’ author: Subpoenaed Trump CFO likely has ‘legal exposure’ he’ll face in front of grand jury

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The author of “Trump Nation” revealed on MSNBC on Thursday afternoon that he has known the financial head of Trump’s business empire for years and that it is likely he may have involved himself in financial crimes that could dictate his testimony before a New York grand jury.

Author Tim O’Brien was asked about a Wall Street Journal report stating that the chief financial officer of Trump’s company, Allen Weisselberg, is being called to testify in the Southern District of New York in the case against Trump lawyer Micheal Cohen.

Speaking with host Ari Melber, O’Brien said he has had dealings with Weisselberg for years while working on the book and with Trump.

“I spent a lot of time with Donald Trump whenI was a reporter at the “New York Times, and then working on this book,” O’Brien explained. “One of the things he and I batted back and forth, because he put it in the news all the time, was how much money does he actually have. That was always a difficult thing to pin down. He would give me these wildly varying numbers between $1 billion and $10 billion. He and Weisselberg had me there, and they were detailing to me–”

“Do you think he was as fast and loose with others as he was with you?” Melber interrupted.

O’Brien bluntly stated, “He’s been fast and loose with everyone, Ari. This is part of the Donald Trump operating manual.”

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“So you think he has legal exposure when he walks into this grand jury?” Melber pressed.

“Does Allen Weisselberg have legal exposure?” O’Brein replied. “I think everyone around Trump has legal exposure.”

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The New York Times has put together a lengthy report about the utterly bizarre circumstances surrounding Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, a former pool boy, and purportedly "compromising photographs."

The story begins in 2012 when Falwell and his wife enjoyed a stay at the Fontainebleau, a Florida luxury resort known for topless sunbathing and a massive underground nightclub described by one travel guide as "30,000 square feet of unadulterated fun."

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In a thorough and damning report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi released Wednesday, United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard found that Khashoggi was "the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing" that was likely orchestrated by top officials in the Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources, and finances," Callamard wrote. "Every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the crown prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched."

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Critics lament as 126 House Democrats join forces with GOP to hand Trump ‘terrifying’ mass domestic spying powers

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Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage after the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted down a bipartisan amendment designed to end, as one group put it, the U.S. government's "most egregious mass surveillance practices" first revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In a final vote of 253-175, it was 126 Democrats who joined with 127 Republicans to vote against an amendment introduced by Rep Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) that would have closed loopholes in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that critics charge has allowed the NSA to abuse warrantless surveillance capabilities and target the emails, text messages, and internet activity of U.S. citizens and residents. See the full roll call here.

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