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Michael Cohen’s sentence could rain ‘tragedy’ on Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka Trump: Vanity Fair reporter

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MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch hasn’t been shy about his support for friend Michael Cohen, but a reporter who is also close to the longtime Trump Organization attorney called him out.

The “Morning Joe” contributor and Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox, who each speak frequently with Cohen, reacted to the 36-month sentenced imposed on President Donald Trump’s “fixer” for breaking campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress.

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“Emily, you spent a lot of time with Michael, you were in the courthouse yesterday,” Deutsch said. “You described the courthouse to me yesterday almost as a funeral. Take us inside there, his family was there. It was kind of the end of a tragedy.”

Fox quickly threw cold water on his suggestion.

“I don’t know if I would call it a tragedy,” she said. “This is what happens when people break the law.”

Fox agreed the sentence, which came as part of a cooperation agreement with the special counsel and federal prosecutors, was a personal tragedy for the 52-year-old Cohen and his family — which she said could eventually play out for Trump and his children.

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“This human toll may play out with the president’s own children in three ways,” Fox said. “So you had Cohen being convicted on lying to Congress. We know Don Jr. has testified to Congress, and there have been reports that perhaps he was less than truthful in that testimony.”

“You also have the campaign finance stuff,” she continued, “which I know from my reporting, the president brought in Eric Trump earlier this year to deal with some of the handling of the civil suits surrounding Stormy Daniels, so you have him potentially wrapped up in that, and then you have Ivanka Trump, who received this email from a Russian wrestler’s wife saying, ‘Hey, we would love to hook you up with Putin to talk about Trump Tower Moscow,’ and she forwarded that to Michael Cohen.”

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“So all of these things are related to Michael Cohen’s case and related to President Trump,” Fox added.

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘He believes he’s a king and a dictator’: Ex-GOP congressman backs impeaching ‘unfit conman’ Trump

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President Donald Trump was blasted on MSNBC on Saturday by a former Republican congressman for being an "unfit conman."

Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) about a recent New York Times op-ed he wrote calling for Trump to face a primary challenge from the right.

"There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger," Walsh wrote. "I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican."

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Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution

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CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.

"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."

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