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Ex-GOP White House ethics attorney says Trump lawyers need to negotiate plea deal for him to resign from office

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration said on MSNBC that President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers need to negotiate a plea agreement.

Richard Painter is a law professor at the University of Minnesota and vice-chair of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

“You guys are starting to see that things are closing in, but are Republicans starting to see that things are closing in?” anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asked. “So far, what we have seen is Republicans have stood by the president and said he’s done nothing wrong. At what point will the straw break the camel’s back?”

“Publicly the Republicans, or many of them, are supporting the president,” Painter replied. “This is a bad situation for the president.”

“The president’s lawyer got three years that he committed on behalf of the president, his client,” he noted. “If the lawyer gets three years, how much time should the client get?”

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“That doesn’t even include whatever Bob Mueller comes up with respect to Russia and obstruction of justice and the crimes that were committed there,” he continued.

“Donald Trump is in serious trouble. His lawyers ought to be telling him to negotiate a plea deal,” Painter said.

“It’s time to negotiate a comprehensive plea deal for Donald Trump,” he concluded. “Include federal and state charges, reduced charges in return for his resignation.”

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“That’s where the Republicans in Congress ought to be driving this — toward a comprehensive plea deal for Donald Trump and his family members,” Painter explained. “Get him out of White House, have him resign, plead guilty to lower charges and let’s move on as a country.”

“It’s quite clear his goose is cooked here,” he added.

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down wheelie-popping black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a black teenager, struck his bicycle and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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