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Indicted Manafort associate who worked with Cambridge Analytica lied to reporters about working in US

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After reports emerged that former Paul Manafort associate Sam Patten copped a guilty plea in exchange for information about the Trump campaign’s work with Cambridge Analytica, a reporter who had the man on her radar for months explained how he became part of the Russiagate scandal.

Along with being an associate of Manafort’s and an employee at the Oregon office of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Patten was also an old friend and regular business associate of Konstantin Kilimnik, a man suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in June on money laundering and bank fraud charges.

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While investigating Kilimnik earlier in 2018, The Atlantic‘s Natasha Bertrand encountered Patten, who on Friday was indicted for failing to register as a foreign agent.

“They kept in touch over the last couple decades and they’re really fond of each other,” Bertrand told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday night. “They found places to work together over the last two decades.”

The reporter went on to say that when she interviewed him earlier in the year, the Manafort associate was “very coy” about his work — and appears to have lied to her about working in the U.S.

“He would not go into much detail” about his work with Kilimnik, Bertrand said. She noted that she asked him “point blank” if he worked for foreign interests in the United States and he would only respond that he “represented clients outside of the U.S.”

“He seemed very eager to hide the fact that he was, in fact, lobbying on behalf of foreign clients in the United States,” Bertrand noted.

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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