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‘This isn’t just arrogance — Manafort is protecting something bigger’: National security analyst

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National security analyst Juliette Kayyem made a mysterious prediction during a discussion about the pages special counsel Robert Mueller released about Paul Manafort and his lies.

She began by saying that the timing of all of these things happening on the Donald Trump campaign in 2016 are finally beginning to unfold, and they’ve exposed two main things.

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“One is the extent to which the Russia/Manafort/Trump campaign alliance, and you have to call it that at this stage was happening before the general election in a really meaningful way,” she said. “The second we learned from the documents today is that it’s happening once he is president.”

She said that Manafort already knows that when he’s talking to Mueller he’s facing two lifetime sentences. Mueller’s team has already proven they’re several steps ahead of Manafort, yet for some reason, he continues to lie.

“So, the ‘why’ is: is it self-protection or is it something bigger?” she wondered. “And that, I have to assume, is what is underlining the redacted things. I don’t think — this isn’t just arrogance that Manafort is lying. He is protecting something. And that — what he is protecting, I think is the core of both the counterintelligence investigation as well as the criminal investigation.”

She said that she doesn’t know what he’s protecting because, like the rest of the world, the documents are redacted for her as well. However, she and others in the national security space are “putting pieces” together.

She said she wouldn’t speculate, but “I do want to say one thing: if you look at the connective tissue of what’s going on, and especially what happened on Friday with the release about the counterintelligence investigation — what you’re starting to see is that the criminal investigations are just data points, and there is some connective tissue around all of this stuff, whether it’s collusion or, you know, I tend to use the word the ‘president is compromised‘ because of either family dealings or monetary dealings, but there is a connective tissue here.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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