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MSNBC breaks down ‘direct nexus’ between Trump and Russia revealed in new Mueller indictments

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Katy Tur’s panel on MSNBC detailed the “direct nexus” between President Donald Trump and Russian hackers revealed in today’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers.

Tur played the infamous clips of Donald Trump saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.”

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Russia attempted stealing Hillary Clinton’s emails “for the first time” only hours after Trump made his request for campaign assistance from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

MSNBC played the clip of Tur following up on the Trump’s request, during a contentious back and forth.

“Do you have any qualms about asking a foreign government — Russia, China, anybody — to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody’s in this country?” Tur asked Trump on July 27, 2016. “Does it give you pause?”

“No, it gives me no pause,” Trump replied. “If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, to be honest with you, I would love to see them.”

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NBC News intelligence and national security reporter Ken Dilanian explained the significance of Tur’s back-and-forth with Trump.

“The exchange you played is remarkable, it shows there is a direct nexus between Donald Trump’s statements and the actions of these Russian hackers,” Dilanian noted.

“It was a very bizarre statement at the time,” agreed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber

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“If taken literally, it was seeking foreign help, which can be a crime itself,” Melber observed. “They immediately tried to get away from it being literal.”

“You, as a journalist, pressed him at the time,” he continued. “Those questions obviously proved prescient and perhaps you were triggering him.”

Tur then read a quote from the indictments that Melber had cited.

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“The object of the conspiracy was the hack into protected computers of persons and entities charged with the administration of the 2016 U.S. elections in order to access those computers and steal voter data and other information stored on those computers and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 U.S.”

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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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