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‘A massive cover-up of really unparalleled proportion’: Former prosecutor argues Trump’s crimes are of a much ‘larger’ scale than just collusion

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With the revelation that, among all the other avenues investigates are pursuing in their scrutiny of President Donald Trump, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is also reportedly probing the potential crimes of his inaugural committee, the scope of the commander-in-chief’s possible criminal exposure is hard to imagine.

Speaking on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Thursday, former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman argued that the case against Trump may have, at this point, gone far beyond the initial focus on collusion with Russian efforts in interfering in the 2016 election.

“Mueller has been going at a break-neck pace for a year and a half with about a dozen or so prosecutors. That’s not a huge staff,” he explained.

“Collusion may be really moving to the backburner,” he continued. “I think this might be a larger scheme, related to sanctions and a massive cover-up of really unparalleled proportions.”

Goldman added: “Because when you look at Michael Cohen coordinating with the White House to lie to Congress, and you look at Michael Flynn lying about his transition contacts related to sanctions to Russia. It all kind of circles back. And you look at Donald Trump now with the campaign finance and trying to hush that up. It all starts at the top and it trickles down. And that’s how criminal conspiracies work. And this one looks worse and worse every day.”

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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