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Top Democrat says Trump’s shenanigans with Paul Manafort may constitute an impeachable offense

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The Democrat expected to chair the Intelligence Committee in January suggested that President Donald Trump may have committed an impeachable offense.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, joined MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday to discuss the New York Times bombshell news that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s lawyer was coordinating with Trump’s legal team after his plea agreement.

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“What’s your reaction to that news?” Maddow asked. “Do you see this as a serious matter?”

“It represents an effort to essentially double-deal by Paul Manafort — to pretend that he is cooperating with prosecutors but at the same time betray the government, betray the prosecution, by sharing information with the president’s legal defense team.”

“Certainly I would have to think that the Mueller prosecutors would feel that as a complete betrayal of a cooperation agreement,” he predicted.

“Not only it is going to infuriate the special counsel’s office, but it will also infuriate the judge,” he noted. “I mean, judges don’t like having defendants that are lying to the government, because they’re also through the government — through that lying to the government, they’re lying to the court.”

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Without directly mentioning impeachment, Schiff explained how the actions could rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” constitutionally required to remove a president from office.

“It would add to a growing body of evidence that the president is involved in trying to obstruct justice,” he noted. “That might mean the special counsel in his report makes those findings or recommends prosecution — either during the presidency or when the president leaves office.”

“It obviously would be something the House would have to consider in terms of whether it rose to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor,” he added.

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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

https://twitter.com/barakravid/status/1174116674225758209?s=21

"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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