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CHECKMATE: NY prosecutors are ready to indict Paul Manafort if Trump pardons him

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If former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been lying to prosecutors in the hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump, he will be in for a nasty surprise should such an event ever come to pass.

Bloomberg is reporting that New York state prosecutors have “put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon.”

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According to Bloomberg’s sources, attorneys working for New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have uncovered potential tax fraud crimes committed by Manafort that they could choose to prosecute should Manafort ever be released from prison by Trump.

Vance’s office started investigating Manafort in March 2017, two months before Robert Mueller was even appointed as special counsel and even longer before Manafort was indicted for tax fraud, conspiracy against the United States and other charges.

Bloomberg says that Vance’s prosecutors have found evidence of “evasion of New York taxes and violations of state laws requiring companies to keep accurate books and records,” although there is some worry that some of these charges could overlap with charges leveled by Mueller, which could constitute double jeopardy.

“Vance’s office has identified several areas where it believes Manafort can be charged with state offenses without triggering double jeopardy protections,” the report claims. “For example, New York law allows defendants who have already been convicted of evading federal taxes to be charged with the same conduct as it applies to state taxes. As a part-time resident of New York, Manafort has some exposure.”

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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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