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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reveals Trump’s ‘ethics advisor’ is being investigated for money laundering — and may replace Sessions

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On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealed that not only is Donald Trump’s “outside ethics advisor” accused of money laundering — he’s in the running to be the next attorney general or White House counsel.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that multiple figures in the president’s orbit are being investigated by the Justice Department for potentially taking laundered money from the largest embezzlement scandal in human history.

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Maddow pointed out that Bobby Burchfield, the lawyer representing the alleged Malaysian embezzler Jho Low, serves as the Trump Organization’s outside ethics adviser.

Burchfield was hired when “when the president decided he wasn’t going to give up his business and form a trust,” the host noted.

“‘Don’t worry, we’re hiring an outside ethics adviser to make sure everything is squeaky clean for me to be the first president in modern history to retain his business interests while still serving as president,'” she said, imitating the president’s train of thought. “‘We have an outside adviser. Rest assured, there will be no funny money sliding through anywhere, nothing the least bit smelly in this unclean office fridge, everything will be fine.'”

Maddow went on to note that according to Bloomberg News, Burchfield is one of the candidates being considered to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions or White House counsel Don McGahn.

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Jeffrey Epstein put assets in trust two days before suicide: report

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Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein wrote a will two days before he died, putting his $578 million in assets into a trust with unnamed beneficiaries, the New York Post reported Monday.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who befriended many politicians and celebrities over the years, hung himself in prison on August 10 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.

On August 8, he signed a last will and testament filed in the Virgin Islands, where he owned a private island, transferring his wealth into "The 1953 Trust," the Post reported.

It posted a copy of the will online showing that Epstein claimed he had more than $56.5 million in cash, equities of over $300 million as well as a fixed income of more than $14 million.

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‘Size always matters to this president’: MSNBC contributor shreds Trump for obsessing over his own emotional needs

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MSNBC's Eugene Robinson ridiculed President Donald Trump's obsession with his persistent unpopularity, which distracts him from his basic duties as chief executive.

The Washington Post columnist and "Morning Joe" contributor bashed the president for attempting to justify his narrow election win nearly three years ago instead of growing into his job, and he said that disconnect was "insane."

"Size always matters to this president," Robinson said, "and he's completely obsessed with this idea because it's true that he won a very narrow electoral victory and lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, and this drives him crazy and will continue to drive him crazy."

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No Trump hotel for Greenland, US president promises

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US President Donald Trump jokingly promised on Monday that he would not build one of his eponymous hotels in Greenland, the day after he confirmed his interest in buying the Danish territory.

Trump tweeted a meme depicting the golden Trump International Hotel Las Vegas towering over modest, primary-colored houses along a rocky coast.

"I promise not to do this to Greenland!" he wrote.

Trump's son Eric also shared the meme on Instagram.

The meme first appeared on Twitter Thursday with the caption: "Greenland in 10 years."

It was shared after The Wall Street Journal reported the president's interest in buying the island.

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