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Donald Trump’s entire campaign was likely constructed as a ‘criminal conspiracy’: Trump biographer

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During an MSNBC discussion on the various entities of Donald Trump’s empire that are under investigation, one of his biographers pointed out that his entire presidential campaign was constructed like a “criminal enterprise.”

Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, author and columnist Tim O’Brien sat back and put the most recent revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller in context:

“What we have learned from these documents is that there is the very real possibility that the Trump campaign was a criminal conspiracy from its beginnings and that criminal acts might have been committed,” O’Brien observed. “Now you have the Trump White House dealing with the consequences of all of these.”

“When you have Rudy Giuliani distracting people, focussing only on campaign finance issues, focussing inaccurately on campaign finance issues, it distracts from this larger halo of illegality hanging over this entire Trump team,” he offered.

“You know, Trump and his advisers have put out three defenses in the wake of Cohen’s sentencing memo that Michael Cohen cannot be trusted,” the biographer continued. “He is a dishonest narrator, that he was giving the president advice and it wasn’t the other way around and none of it had anything to do with the election.”

“You can pick apart on the fact pattern in all three of those things,” he explained. “Specifically, it had nothing to do with the election and that it was Cohen taking advice from Trump, rather than Trump being the architect of those of these issues.”

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Addressing the Mueller investigation, among others, he added, “These are smart, veteran prosecutors who are assembling a case and Michael Cohen is a small part of that.”

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Roger Stone ‘is going to jail’: Ex-prosecutor explains how it could blow open the legal case against Trump

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Longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone is headed to jail, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber on Thursday.

"News in the Roger Stone criminal case, federal prosecutors tonight say Stone has broken his gag order, allegedly again," Melber reported.

"This judge has been somewhat resistant to put Stone in jail the way many other defendants are treated around the country. In fact, even after he posted a picture of the judge herself next to what many interpreted as crosshairs, she provided him a second chance," he explained.

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Hope Hicks admitted she didn’t ask Trump if hush payments happened — before public denial during the 2016 election

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On Thursday, CNN's Manu Raju reported that one of the topics of discussion in ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks' closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee was the payoffs to women facilitated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year federal prison sentence for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

During the course of that questioning, Hicks made a startling admission.

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BUSTED: Walmart to pay $282 million federal investigators to settle bribery probes

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Global retail chain Walmart agreed on Thursday to pay $282 million to settle long-running US probes over charges it did too little to prevent bribery of foreign officials as it aggressively expanded its overseas operations.

The settlements address civil and criminal complaints over Walmart's conduct from 2000 through 2011 as it rapidly built new stores in Brazil, China, India and Mexico.

The US Justice Department said a Walmart's Brazilian subsidiary, WMT Brasilia, pleaded guilty to a criminal charge connected to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the US anti-bribery law.

US regulators said Walmart repeatedly looked the other way and did not heed red flags about possible corruption, allowing its foreign subsidiaries to open stores faster than they would have otherwise and garner additional profits.

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