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Maddow explains Trump’s ‘genius move’ to thwart FBI investigations into his corruption

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On day 30 of President Donald Trump’s government shutdown, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow explained how the president’s actions were threatening the ability of FBI agents to investigate the White House.

“If you ever wanted to put the FBI out of business, one cheap and cheerful way to do that is organize a federal government shutdown that went on, I don’t know, for some really long period of time like more than 30 days,” Maddow explained.

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“One of the things that you endure regularly, if you work for an agency like the FBI is that they routinely do financial background checks on you,” she noted. “A big part of the way they assess you in terms of whether some adversary or crook might be able to leverage something against you, part of the way they check that, is to check your finances.”

“If you’re going to have access to sensitive national security or intelligence-related information, they want to make sure you’re not going to be sub susceptible to bribery, literally selling your country for cash,” she explained.

“If you are in financial dire straights, if you’re in debt up to your eyeballs and have financial burdens of any kind that might cause you real stress, that’s a big red flag,” she continued. “So they stress test you financially before you can get a security clearance and if you are an FBI agent, looking at the outset of your career while employed as an agent at the FBI, they will go back and frequently recheck that aspect of your life to make sure your financial situation has not changed to open you up to that pressure or leverage.”

“Given that reality, one easy peasy way to screw up the whole FBI, not even just the FBI, everybody involved in law enforcement and national security, intelligence work, if you want to take a part in the U.S. government, it’s easy, just start taking away paychecks from all of those people all at once,” Maddow noted. “Not just one paycheck, it would really help if it was multiple paychecks — let them go multiple pay periods with zero income while still requiring them to work every day.”

“With that one genius move, you can break the family finances of basically every single federal law enforcement and national security agent in the country,” she concluded. “And even better than that, in one foul swoop with just this one neat trick, you screw up all of their careers. you can create security clearance problems for all of them — all at once — by putting them all under financial strain.”

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Rick Wilson: Bolton’s bombshell has GOP terrified of a long trial that will ‘grind them into dust’

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Conservative political strategist Rick Wilson has published a new column in The Daily Beast that argues President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are "sh*tting bricks" at the prospect of former national security adviser John Bolton testifying.

Specifically, Wilson says that the leaked excerpts from Bolton's upcoming book have put a major political price on Republican senators who vote to acquit the president without even hearing a single witness.

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Lev Parnas’ lawyer ties Lindsey Graham to corrupt Ukraine scheme

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Rudy Giuliani delivered a letter in late 2018 to Sen. Lindsey Graham calling for sanctions on Ukrainian government officials, including a corruption reformer and another who ran the company whose board Hunter Biden served on.

The attorney for indicted Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas showed the letter to The Daily Beast, which reported the document described the Ukrainian politicians and business leaders as an "organized crime syndicate" -- and misspelled the GOP senator's name as "Lingsey."

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Rudy Giuliani eager to testify against John Bolton: ‘If he shows his face I would say — You’re an atomic bomb’

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Rudy Giuliani denied claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, and kept the door open to his own possible impeachment testimony.

The former New York City mayor said he was still President Donald Trump's personal attorney, but explained why he had not been added to his impeachment trial defense team, reported CBS News.

"Well, I am, but I can't participate in what goes on in the Congress, because I'm a possible witness," Giuliani said, adding that he's ready to testify if he got White House approval.

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