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‘The walls are closing in’: Morning Joe panel says Trump knows Don Jr. is ‘in serious trouble’

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A “Morning Joe” panel on Monday said that President Donald Trump’s latest frantic tweets indicate he knows that his own son is in serious legal jeopardy.

To start off the discussion, co-host Joe Scarborough ran through a montage of false statements that Trump administration officials made about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

“We’re used to the lying, but on something this big, perhaps the most important part of this entire investigation, everything you heard from White House representatives there was a lie,” he said. “Donald Trump admitted weekend they were all lying. What are the consequences of this?”

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Reporter John Heilemann responded that the president and his inner circle seem to realize that the lies they have been telling about the Trump Tower meeting are falling apart — and they won’t be able to hide from the legal consequences much longer.

“I know it’s an indication that some folks are not just in serious trouble but now recognize they’re in serious trouble,” he said. “Last week, we watched as Donald Trump went further, deeper, into the realm of public obstruction of justice when he started attacking the Mueller probe, started suggesting the attorney general should shut it down.”

Heilemann went on to say that the Manafort trial, in combination with former “fixer” Michael Cohen flipping on him, likely brought into focus for Trump just how much trouble his own son might be in.

“We now have a clear explanation for why that is, which is that the president is looking at the Manafort trial starting to focus on Rick Gates, on some of the things that perhaps Michael Cohen has told investigators about this meeting, about what might have led up to it, about what the president’s role might have been, about what Donald Jr.’s role might have been,” he said. “The walls are closing in and actual facts are coming closer and closer to the surface.”

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

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