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‘Mike Flynn folded’: MSNBC chief legal correspondent explains how ‘Trump playbook’ backfired

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Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor “played himself” leading up to Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan continued Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for Michael Flynn after publicly scolding the defendant and hinting that he would sentence Flynn to prison.

“Our top story, let’s be clear, it wasn’t supposed to be a cliffhanger. It was not designed to be suspenseful,” MSNBC anchor and chief legal correspondent Ari Melber noted. “Michael Flynn was supposed to walk into federal court today with that rarest of things, a get out of jail free card from Bob Mueller.”

“But something important happened on the way to the courthouse, Michael Flynn and his lawyers got fresh, brash. They started playing with the facts,” he continued. “As the judge showed them today, they ended up playing themselves.”

“Flynn’s final filing in this case, tried to walk back his guilty plea, tapping the Trump playbook to complain the FBI didn’t warn him it was a crime to lie to them — which was of course embraced by Trump and some Flynn defenders,” Melber noted.

“Mike Flynn made this legally stupid, self-contradictory argument at the worst possible time, heading right into when the judge was deliberating today — and it backfired,” he explained. “Today we witnessed the hammer of the judicial system coming down on a former Trump aide who Mueller tried to help keep out of prison.”

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“Mike Flynn folded. Having dropped his defiant attacks on the FBI under oath, he went on to drop the entire plan to get sentenced today,” Melber noted. “Today, Flynn turned a free pass from Mueller into this judicial smackdown.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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