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‘He’s more scared of the Russians than jail’: Former federal prosector wonders why Paul Manafort going to trial

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On Monday, Special Counselor Robert Mueller released the names of five witnesses granted immunity to testify against former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort. Manafort’s first day of trial is set for next week.

The big mystery surrounding Paul Manafort is why he’s choosing to go to trial, given the preponderance of evidence against him. Why didn’t Manafort cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for leniency?

On MSNBC Friday, former prosecutor Mimi Roach floated a disturbing possibility.

“I think he’s more scared of russians than jail,” Roach said. “This is me inferring based on the reporting we’ve seen. I think he’s scared if he cooperated and provided information about Russian attacks on the election and conspiracy about the Trump campaign, Russians could come after him.”

Roach and the other panelists observed that the prospect of the Russian government hurting Manafort if he cooperates is farfetched. Still, his insistence on going to trial—given the years he faces behind bars—is hard to fathom.

Other possibilities are that he didn’t have good enough information to snag a good deal in exchange for cooperating or that he expects a presidential pardon if he’s found guilty.

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Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN

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On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.

"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.

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Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline with Nicolle Wallace" to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will "wake up" Republicans who seem disinterested in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.

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Fox News viewers lose it after ‘horrible monster’ Shep Smith gets emotional over photo of dead migrants

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Fox News host Shepard Smith castigated the Trump administration on Wednesday after a heartbreaking photo surfaced showing two dead migrants who had been trying to cross the U.S. southern border.

"This photo is deeply disturbing," Smith warned viewers before showing the photo of a drowned father and his daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande.

"Of course, it is legal to present yourself for asylum in the United States," the Fox News host continued. "Legal under American and legal under international law."

According to Smith, current Trump administration policies "are forcing some who are desperate back home to take the chance at crossing the river."

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