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Manafort won’t flip on Trump because he’s ‘afraid of Russian poison’: former Hillary Clinton aide

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As the list of Donald Trump confidantes who have cut immunity deals with prosecutors continues to grow, Paul Manafort’s lack of cooperation with prosecutors stands out as peculiar.

Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign chairman during the 2016 campaign, was found guilty of eight federal fraud charges on Tuesday. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to decide if Manafort will be retried on the 10 charges where the jury could not reach consensus. Manafort’s second trial, in Washington, DC, is scheduled for September.

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“What did you take away from that first trial as you look ahead to the next one?” MSNBC anchor David Gura asked Zerlina Maxwell, senior director of progressive programming at SeriusXM. “What does that tell you about the special counsel?”

“Now that we’ve heard from one of the jurors, who was on Fox News after the verdict came out, who said that essentially he was going to be convicted on all 18 counts and there was one holdout, so that to me means that he’s in bad shape going into the D.C. trial because the prosecutors will learn from the experience in the Virginia trial and try to adjust their strategy,” Zerlina Maxwell replied.

“So I think we should look to whether Manafort is going to make a deal,” she continued. “I don’t know, maybe he’s old school and doesn’t snitch.”

“Old school — he’s afraid of Russian poisoning,” former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines interrupted.

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“Or that,” Maxwell replied. “One or the other.”

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‘Trump literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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GOP mass exodus: ‘staggering’ number of House Republicans leaving – one way or another – since Trump became president

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The ongoing GOP mass exodus is even larger than many may have realized. Nearly four out of every ten Republican Representatives who were in office the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president no longer are or have announced they no longer will be U.S. Congressmen or Congresswomen.

The Washington Post reports that in the almost three years since Trump took office, due to resignations, retirements, and election losses "nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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