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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin explains why Manafort appears to have flipped and told prosecutors what he knows

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What would a Paul Manafort guilty plea mean? After news broke that the prosecution was close to reaching a deal with Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin appeared with host Wolf Blitzer to discuss the development.

Manafort is looking at “a disaster scenario,” Toobin said, and that likely means he’d need to flip on Trump.

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“Cooperation is usually the case,” said Toobin. “And, frankly, given Manafort’s lack of leverage, prosecutors would insist on it.”

Today’s meeting between Manafort and prosecutors, where a near-deal was apparently struck, may have been a “proffer session” where Manafort told the prosecution “what he would say” if he cooperated.

Toobin said Manafort’s first trial was a “slam dunk”and he was “puzzled” by why Manafort did not plea out sooner.

“It may be that he was hoping for a pardon, it may be that he’s afraid of what his Russian friends would think of him if he pleads guilty,” Toobin said.

Watch below.

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Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor

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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out  key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.

As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.

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Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.

After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed,  "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”

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Atlanta mayor levels Trump for comments taunting George Floyd protesters: He’s ‘making it worse’

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning after yet another night of protests rocked her city, the mayor of Atlanta bluntly told Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut about the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the protests that have followed.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked about comments the president has been making on Twitter about the protestors which have included threats of using "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons."

"President Trump has been tweeting about the violent protests across the country. he vowed to step in and use, quote, 'the unlimited power of our military' and he suggested local officials should, quote, 'get tough and fight.' He's also talked about threatening 'the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons I have ever seen' to use against protesters in Washington, D.C.," host Tapper began. "What do you make of the way the president has handled this crisis?"

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