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Trump biographer David Cay Johnston outlines the president’s greatest fears with Democrats investigating him

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With news that the Trump Organization will soon be under investigation by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, a biographer who’s researched the president’s finances for years outlined exactly what he has to be afraid of.

“Inflows of money from Russian mobsters and other criminal elements” are likely to be chief among Trump’s concerns, biographer David Cay Johnston told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday night.

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“Donald has long done business with these people and allowed them to purchase apartments from him through anonymous wealth corporations,” Johnston said.

The biographer provided an example: “If you had a desire to buy a Trump Tower apartment in the name of Snow, Inc., Donald didn’t ask, ‘gee, is that a ski lodge in Colorado or a cocaine trafficking business?’ He just said, pay up and I’ll be glad to sell you the apartment.”

Investigators hired by Democrats in the House are also likely to look for accounting books and records because “Donald has a long, well-documented history of hiding and destroying accounting records that were sought during audits.”

Johnston added that although the Trump Organization has until recent years been a tight ship, the cooperation of insiders like the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen and Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg with prosecutors could also spell trouble.

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With Cohen and Weisselberg’s cooperation, prosecutors may soon learn if Trump “took improper income tax deductions [and] whether he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

They may also be able to solve “the unanswered questions about how much, if any, of the $10 billion stolen in Kazakhstan ended up with Donald Trump.”

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‘Make it a twofer’: Trump brutally mocked after claiming ‘rumor has it’ CNN’s president will resign ‘momentarily’

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President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as "a virtual fraud." The president also claimed "rumor has it" CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, "will be resigining momentarily?" (The typo is Mr. Trump's.)

Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019

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Trump and the end of the American myth of meritocracy

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The following is chock-a-block with spoilers for "Succession" Season 2, including the finale, so proceed with caution.For understandable reasons, the internet is all a-chatter about the final scenes of Season 2 of "Succession." On Sunday's finale, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), who spent most of this season looking like a whipped puppy, finally stuck it to his old man, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), throwing the patriarch under the bus during a live press conference, during which Kendall was supposed to offer himself up as the fall guy for Waystar Royco's criminal behavior. It was a moment of Kendall showing spine and competence, and understandably, audiences cheered him on.
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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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