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‘Intriguing scenario’: Ex-FBI counterintelligence head explains how Paul Manafort could turn out be a ‘triple agent’

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The former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation laid out the “intriguing scenario” that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could have been a “triple agent” during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams.

“Frank Figliuzzi, you told one of our producers tonight that Manfort could be turning out to be a triple agent,” Williams noted.

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“I’m using a counterintelligence term, when somebody is pretending to work for multiple parties,” he explained.

“Manafort, in my mind, is working for Russia, he’s worked for Trump, he’s pretended to work for Mueller,” he noted.

“The question is, who was he really working for other than himself?” he wondered.

“He’s a con man, he was playing three sides against the middle, and I think ultimately he is going to be the loser here,” he concluded.

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‘Devastating for Trump’: Former White House lawyer says president’s defense ‘has entirely collapsed’ with Sondland testimony

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland will present "devastating" testimony, as evidenced by leaked copies of his opening statement.

Sondland directly will implicate President Donald Trump for a "quid pro quo" in his opening testimony.

Neal Katyal, the former acting Solicitor General in the Obama administration, offered his analysis of the testimony on Wednesday.

Katyal's analysis offers the implications for Rudy Giuliani, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who Katyal suggests will need to be subpoenaed by House Democrats.

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Sondland says Ukrainians knew there was a quid pro quo for military aid — because he told them

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E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's opening statement contains a blizzard of damning allegations about President Donald Trump and his immediate officials' conduct surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine.

In particular, Sondland's statement directly contradicts a major talking point used by Republicans to defend the president: That there couldn't have been a quid pro quo to force the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, because the Ukrainians did not know the delay in military aid was linked to opening investigations.

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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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