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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.

“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.

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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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Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts

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During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.

Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.

"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."

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CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’

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A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.

During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.

Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.

"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."

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Andrew McCabe rains hell on ‘insanely stupid’ Trump in epic rant before calling for impeachment hearings

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe unleashed hell on President Donald Trump for launching yet another unprovoked attack on him, saying the president says lots of "stupid things."

On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.

Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.

"You know, I've been listening to the president say insanely stupid things for years now about me personally, about my organization, and about the investigation, we undertook to find out if the president posed a threat to national security," McCabe began. "I won't get down in the weeds with the president and exchange insults on Twitter or TV or anywhere else, but the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals -- private citizens, individuals who serve in our government -- to attack personally when he's scared of the truth that they have to offer."

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