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‘It’s your funeral’: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow uncovers a bizarre twist in Paul Manafort’s trials

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While digging through newly-unsealed documents from the beginning of Paul Manafort‘s trial, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow found a bizarre interaction that may lead to further charges for the former Trump campaign chairman.

On February 14, 2018, the judge in Manafort’s Washington, D.C. trial questioned defense attorneys after they were offered to drop one of the two trials. The case is the second trial of the two, the first being in Virginia.

Instead of choosing one venue over the other, the defense said Manafort wants to sit both trials.

“I understand you’re hamstrung,” the judge told the defense. “Is there any change in Mr. Manafort’s point of view about the Eastern District [of Virginia] versus the District [of Columbia]?”

“I think the only thing I can imagine that’s more unusual than the government offering that you that choice — is the choice you’re making,” the judge continued. “But is there any further discussion about that?”

Manafort’s defense attorney replied that no, there was no more discussion, and the judge accepted it — but the interaction showed that even the judge was confused, Maddow noted.

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“Are you sure you want your client to go on trial twice?” the host said, mimicking the judge’s point of view. “You want two federal felony trials?”

The government gave the defense “the option to just go on trial once,” but they chose not to take them up, Maddow continued.

“The judge is like, ‘OK, it’s your funeral,'” she joked.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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Hope Hicks’ latest obstruction just gave the Democrats a major weapon: report

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Hope Hicks didn't provide much information for Democrats in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -- but she may have cracked the stone wall the White House has built around former staffers.

President Donald Trump's former communications director -- and perhaps his most trusted aide outside his family -- claimed blanket immunity throughout her closed-door testimony, but Hicks still gave Democrats something in their legal battle against the White House, argued Margaret Carlson for The Daily Beast.

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Trump UN choice Kelly Craft to step back from some climate talks

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President Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to the United Nations promised Wednesday to allow climate diplomacy to move forward despite her family's fortune in coal.

Kelly Craft, at a Senate hearing to confirm her for the high-profile post that has been vacant for nearly half a year, said she would not participate personally in discussions at the United Nations in which coal is discussed.

"I will give you my commitment that where coal is part of the conversation within climate change at the UN, I will recuse myself," she told Democratic Senator Ed Markey, a leading environmentalist.

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