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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.”

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?”

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“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.”

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.

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

“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.”

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

“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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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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