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Rudy Giuliani issues inaccurate and misspelled tweet denying Manafort will testify against Trump campaign

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Rudy Giuliani insisted that Paul Manafort will not be required to testify about possible wrongdoing by the Trump campaign he led for months — but there’s no basis for the attorney’s claim.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney tweeted out the denial, which he based on unnamed sources close to Manafort’s defense team, a day after the former campaign chairman pleaded guilty to two counts and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.

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“According to sources close to Manafort defense: ‘The coooeration agree does not involve the Trump campaign….There was no collusion with Russia,'” Giuliani tweeted, and misspelled “cooperation.” “Another road travelled by Mueller. Same conclusion: no evidence of collusion President did nothing wrong.”

The cooperation agreement, which has been posted online, does not specifically say Manafort must testify about potential criminal activity by himself or others involved in the Trump campaign — but it does stipulate that he must truthfully answer all questions by Robert Mueller and his investigators.

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Giuliani’s quote appears to be from a Politico report that quotes the former New York City mayor elsewhere.

NPR tweeted Friday that the cooperation agreement did not include “matters involving the Trump campaign,” but the reporter who gathered that information has since retweeted a CNN legal analyst explaining that Manafort cannot refuse to answer questions about that activity.

“Manafort deal requires full cooperation. He can’t draw lines,” tweeted CNN legal analyst Ross Garber. “It’s possible that Manafort lawyers have given Rudy assurances that Manafort won’t hurt Trump or address collision. But Mueller is putting together puzzle pieces. Doubt others know shape of finished puzzle.”

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Other legal experts have drawn the same conclusion.

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Mulvaney’s ‘astonishing public act of legal self-destruction’ can be used against Trump: ex-prosecutor

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In the opening segment on CNN's "New Day," former prosecutor Elie Honig claimed he was stunned by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press conference on Thursday, saying he just handed prosecutors all they need to go after President Donald Trump.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the former prosecutor  could only describe Mulvaney's presser, where he admitted that the administration was indulging in quid pro quo negotiations with foreign governments to get dirt on political opponents, as an "astonishing public act of legal and strategic self-destruction."

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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