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Al Franken breaks down why Trump’s ‘collusion is not a crime’ defense is an ‘insult to everyone’s intelligence’

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Former U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has mostly kept a low profile since resigning his office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

But Franken took to Facebook today to mock the Trump team’s defense strategy.

Specifically, he targeted the absurdity of Trump’s pivot from “NO COLLUSION!” to “collusion isn’t a crime.”

Collusion is a crime, he said: It’s usually called “conspiracy to commit…”

“The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law,” Franken wrote. “That’s called ‘conspiracy.’ You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. ‘I am not guilty of murdering the victim. I merely killed her! And there’s no such thing as first degree killing!!!’ If that were the case, all any criminal defense lawyer would need is a thesaurus.”

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Franken went on to mock other Trumpian defenses.

“‘My client didn’t steal the iPhone. He pilfered it. I demand that he be released forthwith!’ This is the kind of insult to everyone’s intelligence that Trump specializes in,” he wrote.

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Trump has a white-hot Twitter meltdown over the House vote condemning him as a racist

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President Donald Trump kept up his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen Tuesday in another early morning Twitter rant.

The president accused Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ihan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib -- whom he called on to leave the U.S. over the weekend -- of "spewing" profanity and "hateful" statements, and he urged Democratic leadership to "rebuke" them.

"The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party," Trump tweeted.

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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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