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‘You can learn about that by watching ‘Goodfellas’: MSNBC guest explains the Trump ‘crime family’

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On MSNBC Tuesday, the bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, David Corn explained that one could learn about Donald Trump’s family by watching the iconic 1990 movie “Goodfellas.”

The movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, was nominated for six Academy Awards. It was based on the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy, by Nicholas Pileggi.

“The other piece that has not gotten nearly enough of the traction you’d imagine … we can use the Bush or Obama test for this. If The New York Times came out with a methodically researched piece showing a past president like Obama or Bush had been wantonly, blatantly, savagely lying about everything in their career, how they got where they got, how they got their money, including family fraud, I don’t think it would come and go in three days,” Melber imagined.

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“I wonder, David what you think that story means for any investigator looking at whether there is, as you just put it, receptivity to collusion, receptivity to criminal help?” Melber asked.

The New York Times story — which deserves even more attention than it’s gotten — depicts the Trump family as a crime family,” Corn explained.

“They actually use mob-like procedures — that are criminal — to pad bills, to hide money,” he continued. “You can learn about this from watching ‘The Sopranos’ or ‘Good Fellows.’

“We know they were willing to lie about the Trump Tower meeting. We know Donald Trump now admits to dictating a false statement about that meeting to Donald Trump Jr. We know that after he was told that Russia was interfering in the election in mid-august 2016, he still went out and lied and said, it’s a hoax, there’s no reason to believe this,” Corn reminded.

“So you can’t take anything they say — it sounds hyperbolic — but you can’t take anything they say at face value, because they have this long history, present and in the past, of lying and doing things that are either fraudulent, and as The Times put it, ‘outright criminal.'”

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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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