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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace outlines how Rudy Giuliani just set up Trump to look even more guilty

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and her Monday political panel were floored by Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Monday morning, the former New York City Mayor had a trainwreck of an interview, that Wallace noted was supposed to be a “clean-up of a walk-back of a clean-up.”

She cited this tweet from reporter Matthew Miller that summed up the gaffe-prone Trump team.

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While the president might repeat “no collusion” over and over, Giuliani’s mouth is making things even worse for the president, the panel noted.

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said that he looked up “collusion” in the dictionary and it is used as a synonym of criminal conspiracy. That is the actual charge that special counsel Robert Mueller and the grand jury would hand down to those working with Russian hackers.

“There is a host of criminal charges that could come into play here if it’s proven that there was so-called collusion,” he continued. “What are those charges? Look, if it’s proven that Russian money was flowing into the campaign, you’ve got election and campaign contribution violations. You have violations of the emoluments clause.”

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If there was money involved, he explained that would fall under charges of “bank fraud and money laundering and there is conspiracy and there is accessory after the fact depending on when they knew what was happening.”

He noted that the key to the hacking scandal is if they can show campaign officials giving a green light to the Russians or encouraged the hacking into the DNC. That would fall under the same violations as cyber-crime, computer fraud and abuse charges the Russian hackers got.

The panel noted that it seems the only legal defense Trump has mounted is a PR defense. Public relations don’t matter to Mueller, the panel noted.

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NBC News foreign correspondent Keir Simmons later discussed with Wallace how desperate Trump seems to be to pal-around with the Russian oligarchs, whose wealth is hardly comparable to Trump’s.

“It’s not like in America where really, rich people have to disclose their donations,” Wallace said. “There are no lines.

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“I’ve seen them mixing together again, and again,” Simmons said. “Look, Aras Agalarov, ‘The Trump of Russia,’ they call him, the guy looking at building a Trump Tower in Moscow, helped organize the Miss Universe competition. In my Instagram feed just in the past few days, take a look at this picture. We found a picture here. That’s him standing next to Dmitry Peskov, it looks like they’re on vacation together.”

Peskov is President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. As Simmons noted, none if it is hidden, rather they are “hiding in plain sight.”

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Trumpland’s simmering anger at George Conway finally erupts into a bitter public feud

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George Conway, husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, has been a known vocal critic of the Trump administration for a large portion of Donald Trump's presidency, and his anti-Trump Twitter rants were mostly ignored from within the White House. Now, his clear ideological conflict with his wife and her boss seems to finally be boiling over as a Trump official surprised observers by pushing back against his comments.

In a tweet this Wednesday, Trump's 2020 campaign manager took a shot at Conway for promoting an anti-Trump book.

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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Investigation uncovers Israel-based group behind bigoted Facebook smear campaign aimed at US Muslim congresswomen

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"The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country's commitment to religious pluralism."

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, have been the target of a sustained campaign of far right hate and lies originating from a shadowy Israeli group, according to an investigation published Thursday by The Guardian.

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