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Fox legal analyst flattens right-wing attacks on the Mueller probe: Mike Flynn interview was ‘not entrapment’

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano shot down the conservative talking point that disgraced national security adviser Mike Flynn was tricked into lying by FBI agents.

Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, and he argued in court documents that FBI agents tricked him into lying about evidence they already had — and Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo agreed.

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“The (Wall Street) Journal called it entrapment,” Bartiromo said.

Former FBI director James Comey said agents were able to question Flynn because the White House was so chaotic under President Donald Trump — but Napolitano said investigators’ conduct fell short of entrapment.

“Though they trapped him, it’s not entrapment,” he said. “Entrapment is when you resist, you resist, you resist and they push and they push and they push.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has also claimed Flynn was entrapped, and Trump apologist Alan Dershowitz has alleged FBI misconduct, which Bartiromo suggested could get Flynn’s conviction overturned — but Napolitano burst her bubble.

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“Entrapment has legal meaning, it means overbearing somebody’s will,” he said. “In other words, if somebody resists committing a crime, you try to persuade them, please and so on, and giving somebody the opportunity to commit a crime that he is otherwise inclined to commit is not entrapment.”

Bartiromo claimed “insiders” say Flynn pleaded guilty because investigators were threatening his son, and because the retired U.S. Army general had run out of money paying legal fees.

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“They did ruin him,” Napolitano said, “but was there a legal basis for bringing a complaint about the son, I don’t know.”

“Here’s the thing,” he added. “His guilty plea was given under oath. If he retracts that, it’s perjury — lying under oath. So he’s really in a bind right now.”

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‘They love the meanest parts of him’: Conservative writer explains why evangelical Christians stick with Trump

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Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.

Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”

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‘Mental midget’ Stephen Miller absolutely demolished in MSNBC blast at Trump’s ‘misfit’ advisers

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Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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Black woman reveals how Trump is ruining her marriage: ‘My white Republican husband is starting to hate me’

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A black woman revealed over the weekend how President Donald Trump and right-wing media are straining her marriage.

In a Twitter rant on Saturday, a woman going by the name Glass Butterfly hit a nerve by starting a discussion about the challenges of interracial marriage in the age of Trump.

"My white Republican husband is starting to hate me because the longer we live through this administration the 'BLACKER' I become," she revealed. "Any interracially and opposing politically affiliated couples going through this? Like...I have NO idea how to balance who we are..or are becoming."

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