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New Flynn-related indictments blow up Trump supporters’ latest conspiracy theory: reporter

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New indictments relating to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn have put a big dent in Trump supporters’ newest conspiracy theory about the FBI, according to an analysis by Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake.

In particular, Trump supporters such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Fox News’ Jeannine Pirro had in recent days been throwing around a theory that the FBI had only bagged Flynn on a flimsy “process crime” as a way to force him to cooperate in their investigation of President Donald Trump.

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However, after two of Flynn’s former business associates were indicted on Monday, the idea that Flynn was an innocent man caught up in rogue prosecutors’ cunning web seemed completely unbelievable.

“The indictment is further evidence that the idea Flynn was just some guy going about his business who waltzed into an FBI trap is fanciful,” writes Blake. “It implicates his own eponymous business in an illegal lobbying operation.”

Additionally, Blake notes the seediness of Flynn writing an op-ed for The Hill late in the 2016 campaign season that spouted the Turkish government’s talking points about dissident Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen — all without disclosing that Flynn himself was being paid by the Turkish government.

“This isn’t just about Flynn having lied about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador; there is a pattern of behavior that suggests he wasn’t just some heroic general who misspoke once or twice and has been railroaded,” writes Blake. “At the worst, it suggests someone who was doing quite a bit of double-dealing and saw the need to cover it up by lying repeatedly.”

Read the whole analysis here.

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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

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"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

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