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Ex-federal prosecutor explains what Manafort can give Mueller that almost no one else can

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Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election has moved with ruthless efficiency, nabbing guilty pleas from a host of President Donald Trump’s associates and even paying for itself in asset forfeitures.

On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Shan Wu appeared on S.E. Cupp’s show to discuss the latest developments. Wu was briefly a lawyer for Rick Gates, the former aide to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort who testified against his former boss, and said he was amazed b=y how fast and forcefully the Mueller team moved.

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As for what Manafort can give Mueller, who seemingly has gotten so much information already, Wu pointed out that Manafort is the first person to plea guilty who was at Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian intelligence agent for the purpose of getting “dirty” on Hillary Clinton.

Manafort is also one of very few people who are in position to talk about what Trump was thinking.

“Somebody in his position is really uniquely situated to give insights into the campaign and possibly what was going on in the president’s mind, because if you’re looking at this question of possible obstruction, you have to figure out what is the mindset of the defendant,” he said. “And it’s not easy to figure that out, until you have somebody who has been talking with that person. And, in that sense, Manafort is right there, and can give a lot to Mueller’s team.”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."

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Trump’s record as one of the ‘dumbest students’ in college makes cheating story credible: Trump biographer

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On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston discussed the allegation from Mary Trump's book that the president paid for someone to take his SAT — an accusation he denies vehemently.

"He claims he was a top student, best of the best. What do you make of this, David?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"The story makes perfect sense," said Johnston. "First of all, back in the 1960s, it was easy to have someone go and take your test for you. There weren't IDs and the checks we have today because of the kind of cheating. The idea that a rich boy paid someone else to take the test, to people of my generation, is no surprise. Trump claims he was a great student, yet one of his former professor described him as the 'blank blank dumbest student he's ever had,' but thinks he knows everything. There were no honors for Trump at Fordham or Penn."

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Trump’s fans had a choice: They could reject his toxic nonsense or completely lose it. They chose B

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Normally, I wouldn't be at all concerned about a professional tabloid weirdo like Kanye West running for president. Today, however, I'm actually quite concerned, and not because I think Kanye is likely to win or even fumble his way onto enough ballots to make a dent. He won't. For now.

The problem with Kanye or other political hobbyists running for president is that it further erodes the already threadbare integrity of our presidential politics, making it increasingly acceptable for other famous-for-being-famous nincompoops to run, and perhaps win. The last four years have illustrated how profoundly dangerous that can be.

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