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Investigative reporter tells CNN how Russia started compromising Trump in the 1980s

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Reporter Craig Unger went on CNN Thursday to discuss some of the explosive findings contained in his new book, “House of Trump, House of Putin.”

During the interview with CNN’s Erica Hill, Unger revealed that Trump’s first contact with the Russian mob came all the way back in 1984.

“It started off as a money-laundering operation where a man in the Russian mafia met with Donald Trump in Trump Tower — this new, glitzy building then — and he just came in with $10 million and he said, ‘I’ll buy five condos,'” Unger explained. “That event was typical of at least 1,300 such purchases of Trump properties.”

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Unger went on to discuss the next major contact between Trump and Russians, which came in 1987 when he made his first trip to the then-Soviet Union.

In particular, Unger said one of his sources told him that Trump “had lots of fun with women” during his 1987 trip to Russia and that “the Soviets had kompromat” — i.e., compromising information — on him dating back to that trip.

Additionally, Unger said that any contacts with Russia mobsters by Trump should be seen as the same as talking with Russian intelligence officials.

“I interviewed a counter-intelligence officer for the KGB, i asked him about the Russian mafia, and he said it is another part of KGB,” he said. “They are another part of the intelligence.”

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‘Have you ever heard someone whine as much as this man?’ CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s COVID excuses

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper slammed President Donald Trump after his Axios interview in which he said of coronavirus deaths, "It is what it is."

"For a man who seems to have strength and power, have you heard someone as allegedly powerful and strong as he claims to be — have you ever heard somebody whine as much as this man?" said Cooper. "'It is what it is.' Let me play the last portion of that first exchange again, because he says something telling."

"It is what it is," said Trump in the clip. "But that doesn't mean we are not doing everything that we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it."

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‘You’re saying a bunch of crap’: CNN host battles Trump adviser Mercedes Schlapp on mail-in voting

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CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday tangled with Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on the issue of mail-in voting.

In an appearance on CNN, Schlapp opposed the idea of mail-in voting even though President Donald Trump had declared earlier in the day that "all" people should vote by mail in Florida.

Schlapp insisted that mail-in voting would lead to "fraud."

"It's statistically insignificant," Keilar pointed out. "It's not fraud, Mercedes. There is no evidence of fraud."

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‘Who cares!?’ Axios reporter erupts on CNN over Trump’s strange obsession with crowd sizes

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Jonathan Swan of Axios said Tuesday that he had tried to ask Donald Trump about the public health implications of his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- but the president misperceived the question as an attack on his crowd sizes.

During his interview, which aired in full on Monday night, Swan questioned Trump about his decision to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We had 19,000-seat stadium. First of all we had 12,000 people, not 6,000, which you reported and other people reported,” Trump said. “You couldn't even get in -- it was like an armed camp.”

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