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‘He’s doing it to protect Trump’: Ex-Solicitor General explains why Manafort isn’t just a grifter

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On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “made false statements and thereby breached the plea agreement.”

While interviewing with CNN host Don Lemon, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, said that Manafort’s lying is serious and should not be taken lightly because of the sensitivity of the information he was lying about.

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“Paul Manafort’s not just, you know, lying about what he bought at CVS or something,” Katyal said.

“He’s lying about some of the most sensitive things imaginable,” he added. “About contacts with the Russian government, Russian intelligence operatives, and he is facing a life sentence.”

He then suggested that there is only one real reason why he would lie.

“He’s doing it to protect Trump, he’s doing it to try and angle for a pardon from Trump,” he said.

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Trump rages at Twitter — but the social media outlet fears public opinion more than it fears the president

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In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump. The president’s tweets make false claims alleging that wider use of mail in ballots will result in an increase in voter fraud.

This is far from the first time Trump has posted falsehoods on Twitter. But it is the first time the social media company has taken action against his account.

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Plastic bubble brings joy to French nursing home

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Nathalie Szczepaniak caresses the hand of her husband Joseph, a care home resident, as the couple reunites after weeks without a visit because of France's coronavirus lockdown.

But this is no ordinary reunion.

The couple meets in an anti-virus "bubble" at Joseph's nursing home in Bourbourg, northern France, separated by a clear plastic sheet that allows them some physical contact, face-to-face, without the risk of infection.

Nathalie holds up the couple's dog, a white fluffy creature named Valco, so that Joseph, who has Parkinson's disease, can press his palm to its paw through the plastic.

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‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."

McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.

"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."

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