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Paul Manafort spent the day with special counsel Robert Mueller — did he implicate Don Jr?

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Politico reported Monday that former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort spent the day with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of striking a deal for the second trial.

The meeting took place in the Washington D.C. office where Manafort will be required to “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly…in any and all matters as to which the government deems the cooperation relevant,” according to their agreement.

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During an MSNBC discussion about the news, host Nicolle Wallace made a list of things that Manafort has first-hand knowledge of that will be important for the investigation.

“The Trump Tower meeting,” she began. “The [Republican Party] platform change, where it became pro-Putin, for the first time in GOP platform change history. An offer to brief a Russian oligarch. He’s been convicted of — he was convicted of eight felonies.”

Bloomberg reporter Tim O’Brien noted that it’s clear the wagons are circling Donald Trump Jr. and that it sounds like he might be the architect behind the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

“There two things, the Trump Tower meeting, because that gets at whether or not in June of 2016 members of Trump’s campaign met with people who had compromising information on Hillary Clinton in an effort to tilt voters against her campaign,” he said. “That gets to things like fraud against the United States, et cetera. There’s a real problem.”

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Wallace called it “the conspiracy” in the investigation.

“I think the president on some of the collusion and conspiracy stuff has less vulnerability than some people thought,” O’Brien said.

Wallace noted that Trump’s friends explain it as him being too stupid to collude, though the law doesn’t create an “out” for such an excuse.

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“I think all of the people in the campaign at that point didn’t think he was going to get elected, so, they were reckless,” O’Brien explained. “Trump is going to be protective of his son. He was the architect of that meeting… I think one of the things looming over the mystery of Trump’s affection for Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin’s desire to play Trump is were the Russians going to get concrete policy changes out of owning the Trump campaign and the Trump Administration in some way.”

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Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) received $125,000 in emergency stabilization payments for his farms, as part of the bailout program authorized by President Donald Trump to help farmers avoid losses due to the trade war with China.

Justice, a Trump-loving business magnate who briefly switched to the Democratic Party to run for governor of West Virginia and switched back to the GOP after the election, hardly fits the profile of a struggling farmer. He is worth $1.5 billion, and owns over 50 businesses, including a network of coal mines and the Greenbriar luxury resort, a popular gathering place for Republican officials.

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Here’s why Sondland’s testimony is devastating to Trump — whether he wants it to be or not

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Veteran Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald outlined in a thread that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered testimony to the House that was devastating for President Donald Trump whether Sondland wanted it to be or not.

"While wrapped in diplomatic-speak and hemming-and-hawing, the statement of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to European Union, is devastating to Trump and Giuliani," Eichenwald said. "Given the surrounding evidence, either Giuliani has to say he lied to Sondland, or Trump has to be impeached it is important to dig through it, because, while quite clear on most dates, it takes jumping a bit around in the statement to figure out the date of the key event."

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Trump’s EU ambassador is using the ‘Don Jr. defense’ of being too dumb to break the law: national security expert

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Gordon Sondland, the man whom President Donald Trump appointed to be his ambassador to the European Union, told congressional investigators on Thursday that he didn't understand that President Donald Trump might be holding up establishing direct contact with Ukraine's government unless the government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

However, given that the president did ask him to run all Ukraine policy through attorney Rudy Giuliani, and given that Giuliani was already publicly boasting about trying to get Ukraine to probe Biden, Sondland's testimony raises the question of what he actually believed the president's intentions were in withholding aid to the country this past summer.

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