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Paul Manafort’s defense rests without calling a single witness: report

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s defense team ended its arguments on Tuesday without calling a single witness, according to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney.

The defense rested its case just one day after special counsel Robert Mueller’s office called more than two dozen witnesses to testify against Manafort, who faces charges of money laundering and tax fraud.

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The Mueller team has spent the past couple of weeks been bringing in a parade of witnesses to testify against Manafort, including former partner Rick Gates, who admitted that he and Manafort committed crimes together.

Mueller also secured immunity deals for five separate witnesses to testify against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Much of the testimony against Manafort involved the way he allegedly directed his associates to conceal money that he received while working for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine. Gates testified that he and Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel money they made doing consulting work in Ukraine back into the United States.

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Manafort and Gates were first indicted by Mueller last October, making them the first two people to face criminal charges in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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