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‘That’s insane’: Seth Meyers flattens Fox News claim Trump’s payoffs to mistresses are the same as Obama’s errors

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The latest argument coming out of the Republican Party and the Trump White House is that former President Barack Obama did the same thing that his successor did and thus shouldn’t be prosecuted.

“’Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.’ @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!” Trump tweeted early Monday morning.

While several cable news hosts have argued that’s an absurd comparison, late-night comedian Seth Meyers had the perfect explainer.

“My God,” Meyers began, when responding to the Trump tweets. “It was legal but if it wasn’t it was civil and if it wasn’t it’s not my fault. But to put it in a way that Donald Trump will understand: where there’s smock there’s foyer.”

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“But let’s address for a second this argument that Obama did the same thing,” Meyers continued. “Because it’s an argument that Trump supporters are starting to make and it’s insane. Every campaign makes paperwork errors. It happens all the time. In 2013 Obama’s campaign was fined for omitting some donor’s names. Independent experts called it ‘relatively minor’ and even a Republican lawyer said it was ‘a very clean audit report for the Obama campaign.'”

Meyers said that there’s a huge difference between Obama’s “accounting error” and Trump’s hush payment to cover up his affair.

“If you don’t believe me go home and tell your spouse: ‘I had sex with a porn star and made an accounting error.’ Let me know which one they focus on,” he continued.

Trump didn’t make an accounting error or even a paperwork error, he made illegal hush payments before the election to quiet accusers. Trump allies are claiming that it had nothing to do with the election and these were personal issues, though they didn’t clarify if this happens so frequently that it’s typical to pay off women. That would be the only way Trump could wiggle out of the idea these hush payments were election-related.

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Combat veteran unloads on Trump’s erratic behavior towards Iran in devastating Senate speech

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to rebuke President Donald Trump for putting the United States on the path to a potential war with Iran.

"The past week has laid bare just how dangerous it can be to have a president who approaches foreign policy as if as it reality show, where the worst case that can happen is getting kicked off before the next episode airs. The president doesn’t seem to recognize that his words, his decisions can have life-and-death consequences for the brave Americans who wear our nation's uniform," she remarked.

"What we’ve seen from the White House of late should worry every single one of us. In one breath Trump is beating the drums of war, thumping his chest and pushing for a conflict that would kill an unimaginable number of people -- service members and civilians. In the next breath he tries to act like a peacemaker who wouldn’t even think of starting a war. It’s gaslighting, plain and simple."

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WATCH: Klobuchar uses Trump’s own intel advisors to blast GOP’s inaction on election security

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a 2020 presidential candidate, blasted her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday morning over an election security bill.

Klobuchar wants to attach the legislation, known as the Secure Elections Act, to a defense spending bill. But the move faces opposition from GOP leadership and the White House.

“We know one thing, and who do we know it from? We know it from the president’s own national intelligence director, we know it from his FBI director, we know it from all of his security leaders, and that is that Russia invaded our democracy,” Klobuchar said.

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Indicted GOP lawmaker spent campaign cash on affairs with three different lobbyists and one of his own staffers: DOJ

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A new filing from the Department of Justice claims that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has had multiple extramarital affairs since first taking office in 2009 -- including three with registered lobbyists and one with one of his own staff members.

According to the DOJ filing, as flagged by USA Today's Brad Heath, Hunter illegally used money donated to his congressional campaign to "carry out a series of intimate relationships" with women who were all involved in politics.

The DOJ argued that it needs to be able to discuss these affairs in front of jury in order to prove Hunter deliberately misused campaign funds.

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