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Russian spy is ‘close to plea deal’ but there may be ‘dozens’ more in DC: CNN report

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The accused Russian spy who infiltrated the GOP during the 2016 election is close to a plea deal, CNN reported Thursday night.

Maria Butina is out of money and her lawyers are making moves to cancel upcoming hearings as they look to finalize a deal, said a reporter appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s show.

Prosecutors may look to also target Butina’s boyfriend, GOP operative Paul Erickson.

Butina “appears to treat that relationship as simply a necessary aspect of her activities,” prosecutors say according to CNN.

That may leave Erickson arguing that he was “simply a dupe,” the report says, in the hopes of avoiding espionage charges.

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The report described Butina as a “classic honeypot” that would be alluring to “lonely men” in Washington, D.C. and said that investigators believe she is not alone and that there may be “dozens of them” working in Washington right now.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist

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During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.

While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.

Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.

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New revelation in Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush money payoff is an impeachable offense: CNN panel

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A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.

"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."

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