On Tuesday morning, the Guardian newspaper reported that Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort secretly met with Julian Assange of Wikileaks at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The news came the day after it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller was seeking to call off his cooperation agreement with Manafort because the Trump campaign boss allegedly lied while offering evidence.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin discussed the developments with CNN’s chief political columnist Dana Bash and Garrett Graff, who wrote a book about the FBI under Mueller. Baldwin wanted to know whether the developments with Manafort meant prosecutors could prove something like the allegations revealed by the Guardian. Wikileaks is denying that the meeting happened.
“I don’t think that Paul Manafort was going in there to get restaurant recommendations for a great night out in London,” Graff said.
Graff also pointed out that Ecuador has removed the ambassador that was Assange’s ally in London and have blocked Assange from meeting with his lawyers.
“There is some speculation that maybe they are preparing to turn Julian Assange over to U.S. authorities,” he said.
“Wouldn’t it be easy to prove Manafort was there?” Baldwin asked. “Flight records, security surveillance cameras, etc.?”
“London is the most watched city in the western world and if Manafort was there, there is almost certainly CCTV camera footage of that happening and of course Paul Manafort’s travel records of him coming in and out of London as well,” he said.
Watch the segment below.
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"Stop ignoring the facts for political advantage. Get real. The past is over," said Cuomo. "There can be no more letting politics reinforce our worst instincts. We need to build on our best instincts. And that said, what I'm asking you all to do now, the man at the top refuses to change."
He displayed a clip of Trump being confronted at the day's press conference, by his February claim that cases would soon be down to zero. "Well, the cases really didn't build up for awhile, but you have to understand, I'm a cheerleader for this country," said Trump in the clip. "I don't want to create havoc and shock and everything else. I'm not going to go out and start screaming, this could happen, this could happen."
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"The president also today continued to spread falsehoods about voter fraud as a reason not to have wider vote-by-mail efforts in the general election," said Cooper. "Many Wisconsin voters are having to stand in line to vote today because the two separate court decisions by the state and U.S. Supreme Court prevented Wisconsin from moving its election day, also extending the deadline to receive mail-in ballots. Never mind the hypocrisy, pointing to the president, he himself voted by mail-in ballot. This is what he said."