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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.

“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.

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“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.”

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.”

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“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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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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