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Trump’s defense against campaign finance charges transparently weak: Former US attorney

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MSNBC legal analyst Chuck Rosenberg patiently explained why the campaign finance allegations against President Donald Trump rise above a simple mistake — and constitute a crime.

Panelists on “Up With David Gura” debated whether Trump could — or should — face legal jeopardy after his attorney Michael Cohen turned over evidence the president took part in a scheme to secretly pay off two of his alleged mistresses just ahead of the election.

“The argument made here by the president and his lawyers is, this isn’t his fault,” Gura said. “He entrusted his legal strategy to Michael Cohen, Michael Cohen made the mistakes — why should he be responsible? In other words, don’t blame me, blame the lawyer. How much salience does that have when you look at the legal side of things?”

Rosenberg, a former U.S. Attorney and head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, walked through the weaknesses of the president’s latest defense.

“Think about taxes,” he said. “If you make a mistake on your taxes, that’s not a crime, okay? That’s a mistake. You might owe money, you might be audited, have to pay a fine, but that’s handled civilly.”

“If for seven years running,” Rosenberg added, “you hide foreign bank accounts, omit income, you do a whole bunch of things we would say are intentional indicia of tax fraud — that’s a crime. That’s the same thing here. Mistakes are not crimes, they’re mistakes. This doesn’t seem like a mistake.”

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‘Squish brained’: Trump brutally mocked for claiming Medal of Honor recipient killed insurgent ‘wearing a wardrobe’

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In a bizarre moment of awarding the Medal of Honor to an Iraq War veteran, President Donald Trump pivoted from his remarks to say that the soldier was attacked by someone "wearing a wardrobe." Typically when Trump fumbles his remarks, he restates them. In this case, he said the correct phrase and then changed it to something strange.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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Here is how Republicans are reacting when confronted with the new rape allegation against Trump

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Once again, President Donald Trump has been accused of a sexual assault — one of the most severe charges yet, in fact — and yet the Republican Party continues to make clear that it will not take these allegations seriously.

Journalist E. Jean Carroll detailed her account of Trump raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than two decades ago in an article, in her new book, and in TV interviews. New York Magazine reported that it contacted two of her friends who confirmed that she told them about the assault shortly after it happened.

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