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WATCH: CNN’s Anderson Cooper destroys Rick Santorum after he said Trump ‘didn’t surround himself with criminals’

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper hammered Rick Santorum (R-PA) after he tried to claim that President Donald Trump didn’t hire criminals after news broke that Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort — both who worked for the president — were found guilty of bank and tax fraud on Tuesday.

During the panel discussion, Santorum tried to divert attention from President Donald Trump problems, and instead tried to focus on a girl who was killed by an illegal immigrant.

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“There are three big stories today. Two that we’re talking about, Manafort and Cohen guilty pleas and convictions. But the third is a horrific story out of Iowa of this young girl being killed by an illegal immigrant,” Santorum said.

Cooper then said that people actually do care about that latest plea deals.

“I know the base may not care, but just fair-minded people, don’t you think you’re selling them short to say they don’t care about that?” Cooper asked.

Cooper then suggested that President Trump surrounded himself with criminals.

“To say he surrounded himself with convicted criminals, I mean, they were not convicted criminals when he surrounded himself with them. I think that’s a little too much,” Santorum said.

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“They were [criminals] because they had already broken the law,” Cooper responded.

“You’re making the assumption he would have known they were doing criminal activity, which of course, he did not,” Santorum said.

“Unless he was engaged in criminal activity and that’s why he had so many around him, like his attorney,” Cooper ended.

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WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.

Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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Trump could use Antifa conspiracy theories to ‘investigate his political opponents’: Ex-FBI assistant director

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According to former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, there are far more white supremacists and anti-government agitators infiltrating the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests than Antifa. He fears Trump will use Antifa as an excuse to investigate his political opponents.

Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday evening, Figliuzzi told host Brian Williams that his sources in law enforcement are telling him that President Donald Trump doesn't have his facts straight on Antifa.

"We're seeing components of legitimate frustrated protesters responding to Mr. Floyd's demise and others," explained Figliuzzi. "Then we are seeing people who are exploiting this for their own purposes, and some of them are more than just opportunistic criminals. Some of them are organized, and some of them have diverse agendas but are coming together to wreak havoc. And I think what we need to pay attention to here is what we have evidence of, what we don't have evidence of, and what we're hearing from the White House and the attorney general."

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Trump criticized as ‘most cowardly tough guy’ for Twitterstorm while being rushed to protective underground bunker

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Twitter couldn't help but notice that President Donald Trump was talking tough while hiding in his underground bunker.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump was rushed to the underground bunker that has only been used during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when passenger planes were headed to Washington, D.C. Trump, by contrast, didn't experience a terrorist threat, a few hundred protesters surrounded the White House complex, which is blocked off by several fences and surrounded by Secret Service and police.

It was something that many noticed contrasted with former Vice President Joe Biden, who spent Sunday listening to the concerns from protesters on the streets of his hometown.

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