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Brazen lies from Trump Jr. are ‘taunting’ prosecutors: ‘You think we’re stupid?’

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Donald Trump, Jr. is “inspiring” federal prosecutors by “blatantly” lying, career federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne explained on MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes on Wednesday.

“The House Intel transcripts were released to Mueller as Chairman [Adam] Schiff promised,” Hayes reported. “It’s the first sort of major action that the chair has taken in his capacity: Don Jr. Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Brad Parscale.”

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“What kind of legal issues and exposure arise for those individuals now?” Hayes asked.

“Well, the first thing to know is Mueller probably already has transcripts,” Alksne noted.

“So all the planets are aligning to try now to get a real answer to what happened during the campaign regarding the Russian involvement and what happened during the transition and the inaugural,” she said.

Hayes put on screen a graphic of some of those closest to Trump who could now be facing legal jeopardy.

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“Schiff has already said Don, Jr. has an issue — I don’t think there’s any questions,” Alksne reminded.

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Alksne has worked as a Department of Justice prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant District Attorney as Assistant Texas Attorney General.

“And also there’s something offensive — that’s inspirational — for prosecutors when people so blatantly lie and it’s almost taunting,” she explained.

“It’s almost like, ‘You think we’re stupid?’ The adoption game and the creating the fake story to The New York Times by the president and what you don’t want to do is insult people so much that it inspires them to go these are the easy charges,” she continued. “How could you think I’m so stupid I’m going to believe that?”

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“And there’s some of that going on here,” Alksne predicted.

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