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‘Bad day for team Trump’: MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch explains how judge eviscerated Fox News fantasies and strengthened Mueller’s hand

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Was Michael Flynn’s sentencing on Tuesday good news or bad news for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation?

There was some reason to suspect it was a bad day for Mueller. Despite the special counsel’s assertions that Flynn’s cooperation with the government had been exemplary and could justify a judge sentencing the former national security adviser to serve no prison time, Judge Emmet Sullivan excoriated the defendant in court and asked whether he could have been charged with “treason.” In the end, after Sullivan indicated that he may sentence Flynn to a much longer sentence than the special counsel had suggested, the defendant decided to put off sentencing until his cooperation with prosecutors is complete.

Because Mueller didn’t get his way, this could be seen as a loss for the special counsel. If potential witnesses can’t be assured that Mueller can offer them protection from long prison sentences, it may be hard for him to find willing cooperators.

But on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday, commentator Donny Deutsch offered an alternative view. The result might actually be great for Mueller for a reason Mueller never seems to consider: Public relations.

“What people will be left from this is the word ‘treason,'” said Deutsch. “The fact that was even put out there…the judge walked it back …but he branded [Flynn] that.”

Host Nicolle Wallace noted that the day before Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro had offered fulsome praise for Judge Sullivan, anticipating that he could accuse Mueller’s team of prosecutorial misconduct and potentially vacate Flynn’s guilty plea entirely.

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“To that point, they were teeing up that if today he had not gotten any jail — in effect, what the anticipation was … If I’m Trump, if I’m messaging, I say: ‘OK, we’ve been at this for 19 months, Papadopoulos got two weeks, there’s no jail here. What like — this is what we’re going for?'”

But, Deutsch argued, with the judge emphasizing how serious Flynn’s crimes were — and how they could have resulted in serious jail time — Trump and Fox News’ efforts to trivialize the probe fall flat. After building up the case for Sullivan’s independence, their credibility is completely shot.

“To me, the brand of the Mueller investigation took a big step forward,” Deutsch said. “It was a very, very bad day for team Trump.”

Watch the clip below:

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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