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LISTEN: Omarosa shares secret recording of Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her in tense White House face-off

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As part of her appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press, Omarosa Manigualt, former aide to President Donald Trump, shared a secret recording she made of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her.

“We’re going to talk to you about leaving the White House,” Kelly began. “It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there have been some pretty, in my opinion, integrity issues.”

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What followed was a tense discussion over whether she was being fired or forced to resign, with the Omarosa asking for a direct answer, and Kelly advising, “I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation.”

In a follow-up interview with host Chuck Todd, she also described the way the exit interview was handled, saying she felt threatened and that Kelly told her, “Things can get ugly for you.”

“If I did not have this recording, people would still believe the false, incredible story that I was running around the White House,” she explained. “So yes I recorded myself and I have no regret about it.”

Turning to her work for Trump over the years, she admitted that she made a mistake and “was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation.”

“Being used by Donald Trump for so long, I was like the frog in the hot water. You don’t know that you’re in that situation until it’s just bubbling and bubbling. I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation. They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information, how he has not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impact our country.”

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat

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Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.

But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.

"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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