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‘This is what he does when he’s most afraid’: Former Trump casino executive explains president’s Omarosa meltdown

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A former Trump casino executive explained to CNN Thursday that Donald Trump’s attacks against his former protegée Omarosa Manigault Newman are a “tell” for his state of mind.

“I think he is afraid,” onetime Trump Plaza Hotel president and chief operation officer Jack O’Donnell told a CNN panel. “And this is what he does when he is most afraid — he attacks, attacks and attacks.”

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The former Trump executive said Manigault Newman’s tape of Lara Trump appearing to offer her “hush money” days after her firing from the White House reminded him of his own experiences with whistleblowing on his old boss.

“Thse tactics are similar to what he used when he tried to stop my book,” O’Donnell said of his 1991 tell-all “Trumped!”

“The letter comes to the publisher, then they come to you directly trying to buy you off, and then after that, the threats begin,” he said. “Looks like the same pattern is there for his behavior.”

Though O’Donnell initially expressed hesitation at the thought that, like Manigault Newman asserted, Trump has met his match, he seemed to believe that she’s going to give the president a run for his money.

“He might have met his match here,” the onetime casino executive said. “He trained her, and Ithink she’s learned some lessons from him.”

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Trump’s personal interests have directly undermined national security and election integrity: CNN correspondent

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jim Sciutto broke down a key takeaway from the impeachment hearings.

"We are one year away — less than a year away from the next election, three years after Russia, with consequence, interfered, meddled in the 2016 election," said Sciutto. "One thing is clear from everybody who testified, the president of the United States never expressed any interest in defending the U.S. against that kind of interference. What he did, he was interested in a whole lot of other stuff that undermines that goal of defending U.S. elections from Russian interference, one of which Fiona Hill highlighted there, presenting an alternate explanation, a false one it was Ukraine that somehow hacked the DNC server, not Russia."

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo flattens Trump apologist David Urban for still spreading debunked Politico report lies

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President Donald Trump's key CNN supporter, David Urban got into it with every person on the panel Thursday when he attempted to spin Fiona Hill's testimony.

The key Trump talking point is to cite a Politico article that has been debunked by American national intelligence and the testimony of the experts that have appeared under oath to the House Intelligence Committee.

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As host CNN John King noted from the testimony, Hill and diplomat David Holmes are "critical" for making the case of Trump's corruption.

"Republicans are going to argue this is Trump being Trump, he was working outside the system," King said. "'Maybe you question Rudy Giuliani, but he wanted his guy's hands on the policy. You may not like it. Maybe it got ugly but it's not an impeachable offense.' That's where the Republicans are going to get us."

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CNN’s Cuomo calls the GOP a ‘national security threat’ for still pushing Trump’s ‘ignorant’ Ukraine conspiracies

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Prior to Congressional testimony by Fiona Hill -- an ex-aide to former national security adviser John Bolton -- CNN host Chris Cuomo scorched Donald Trump for standing by disproved Ukraine conspiracy theories, saying believing such nonsense makes him a "national security threat."

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