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Watergate prosecutor explains why Cohen is more damaging to Trump than John Dean was to Nixon

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A former Watergate special prosecutor responded to news that Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen had been sentenced to three years in prison by discussing his similarities to (and differences from) John Dean.

Dean, ex-Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Viniste noted, pleaded guilty and went to jail after agreeing to cooperate and offer information. Cohen, however, has not cooperated to that level — and also was sentenced for his own crimes that are separate from Trump.

“In the Southern District [of New York, where Cohen was sentenced], you can’t go halfway,” Ben-Viniste told CNN host Brooke Baldwin. “You can say you’re going to cooperate fully and not do it, and he did not.”

The prosecutor outlined further differences as well, including that Trump’s former attorney has a “lifetime” of evidence against the president and “a variety of different scams unfortunately that have come home to roost.”

Cohen’s “very significant cooperation” with special counsel Robert Mueller will likely allow him to “get another bite at the apple” of his sentencing down the road.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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