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Michael Cohen won’t testify until Trump is held accountable for witness tampering or obstruction of justice: Emily Jane Fox

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Longtime Donald Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen has conditions that must be met before he will cooperate with Congress, a reporter close to Cohen revealed.

Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair joined MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday to discuss Cohen postponing public testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

Fox reported that Cohen has “recently” been meeting with prosecutors as part of his continuing cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller, the Southern District of New York, and the New York State Attorney General.

“Emily, what do we know about why Michael Cohen requested this delay and what’s going to happen next?” O’Donnell asked. “What is Michael Cohen’s thinking on what happens next?”

“I think we should start thinking about this as a test case. This is about Michael Cohen and this is about the president’s language and threats that he has used about Michael Cohen, not just last weekend in his Fox News interviews, but over the last couple of months he has been tweeting about him repeatedly,” she noted.

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Fox is the author of the 2018 book, Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family.

“What Cohen is basically doing now is he is saying to Congress, ‘I am not going to come and if you subpoena me I won’t necessarily answer all your questions unless you take action to make sure that these kinds of threats will not be permitted.’ Not only to protect his family, which is always something that he has stressed is incredibly important to him, but as a larger message that this is wrong, that the president is doing it,” Fox explained.

“It is possibly illegal to witness tamper in this kind of way, and I think this is really a test to see — if this is going to happen to Michael Cohen, this could happen to any witness that Congress calls,” she warned.

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“Has Michael Cohen indicated what action would — he would be satisfied with that the Congress might be able to take?”

“I think that there are only a handful of actions that you can take that would be serious enough. I think those actions would have to be something like holding him accountable for witness tampering or obstruction of justice,” she concluded.

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FBI director: A majority of terrorism-related arrests in the last year were white supremacists

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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