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Former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort may fear retribution from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin more than he fears spending the rest of his life in prison.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a former prosecutor who sits on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, explained the dynamic during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.”

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Host Nicolle Wallace asked about Manafort, former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen all staying in the news as their criminal cases move through the court system.

“Well, first, I would say, come clean and you come out okay,” Swalwell advised. “If you continue to lie, deny, tamper, obstruct, and prevent investigators from getting to the truth, you could spend the rest of your life in prison.”

“Now, as many have said, I don’t think the word that Paul Manafort fears that starts with ‘p’ and ends with ‘n’ is ‘prison,’ I think it’s probably ‘Putin’ or ‘poison’ — so who knows whether that is a motivating factor for him,” Swalwell noted.

“But I think we now have the clearest picture yet that Donald Trump, his campaign, his family, and his businesses, did all they could to work with the Russians to also do business in Russia and sixteen of them when confronted about it all lied,” he added.

Swalwell doubted whether special counsel Robert Mueller was closely examining whether Russia was blackmailing Trump, but vowed House Democrats would “investigate Deutsche bank, look at the president’s tax returns, his financial records, to see if his interests over decades to do business with the Russians and the Russians’ efforts to do business with him has materialized to a president being compromised.”

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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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