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CNN legal analyst Laura Coates explains why Michael Cohen may soon face criminal charges — and what it means for Mueller

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CNN legal analyst Laura Coates explained Monday why Donald Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen is staring down criminal charges — and why it matters within the context of the Russia investigation.

The network previously reported that federal prosecutors were preparing to formally charge Cohen by the end of August, according to sources close to the matter.

As Coates noted, the timing of these charges suggests special counsel Robert Mueller “was right to farm out” the charges to the Southern District of New York.

“There [were] actually some charges to be brought and there was a reason [Mueller] didn’t want to have the distraction of the bank fraud charges,” she said.

News of the impending charges also signal that Cohen’s reported desire to cooperate with Mueller were in vain, Coates said.

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“The silly truth is that you can only be cooperating if I want to hear from you,” the analyst noted, “or if what you have to tell me is worthwhile to my other investigations.” 

“This is a financial matter that is strictly about what his New York finances were and nothing to do with perhaps the campaign, which he was not a part of,” she concluded.

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‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate

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CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racist outburst at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."

The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.

"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merriam-Webster published.

"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.

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Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.

"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."

"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."

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Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.

"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."

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