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Ex-White House ethics czar predicts what Manafort will turn over now that he’s ‘completely surrendered’ to Mueller

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In an op-ed for the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s former ethics czar Norm Eisen predicted what’s next for Paul Manafort now that he’s “surrendered” to Robert Mueller.

Practicing lawyers have “long predicted” Manafort would capitulate to the special counsel, Eisen wrote in the editorial co-written by Noah Bookbinder and Barry Berke, his colleagues at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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“His surrender is complete,” the CREW lawyers wrote. “We will soon see what it means for the president.”

The writers, like other pundits, pointed out that Manafort’s plea deal and cooperation with Mueller is an “enormous pivot” from his former strategies — “trying to persuade a jury to ignore the strong evidence against him based on personal sympathies or, if that failed, to obtain a pardon from President Trump.”

The former Trump campaign chairman “now has the ability to trade all of the valuable information he has regarding the president and those close to him for a significantly reduced prison sentence” — and is also the first person who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016 to flip on Donald Trump.

“Mysteries around that meeting abound,” Eisen and company wrote. “They include whether then-candidate Trump knew about the meeting in advance and why Mr. Trump announced after the meeting had been scheduled that he would soon be giving a major speech on ‘the things that have taken place with the Clintons.'”

“Now that Mr. Manafort is cooperating,” they added, “we may soon have answers.”

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Along with the Trump Tower meeting, Manafort “may also be able to shed light on other episodes during his tenure at the helm of the Trump campaign.”

“Those include the 80-plus contacts between the campaign and other associates and Russia-linked individuals; the campaign’s possible collaboration with WikiLeaks; and the amendment of the Republican National Committee platform on arming Ukraine,” the CREW team wrote.

Read the entire analysis via the Times.

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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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