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‘Extreme stupidity’: Ex-CIA official says Manafort lied to judge in hopes of landing a pardon from Trump

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A former chief of staff for both the CIA and Department of Defense bashed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for lying to prosecutors after striking a cooperation agreement to help investigators.

A federal judge concluded that Manafort repeatedly lied about his contacts with a Russian associate, and Jeremy Bash, who served in both agencies during the Obama administration, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he believed the longtime associate of President Donald Trump was angling for a pardon.

“When you have an enormous secret, you may engage in extreme stupidity to cover it up,” Bash said. “That’s what appears to be going on here. Manafort had a chance to really reduce his sentence after he was convicted and pled guilty. There are only two tickets out of prison when you’ve pled guilty, one is to work with cooperators and be truthful and the other path is a pardon.”

“In some respects Manafort was digging in here, hopefully telegraphing to the commander in chief, the president, his buddy, the fact that he’s holding firm and a pardon should be coming his way,” Bash continued. “The big question is why were they covering up this Konstantin Kilimnik and the Trump campaign. What is it that would make them engage not just in stupidity but reckless conduct?”

“I think they were covering up the ties to the Russian Federation, and they didn’t want it exposed to Bob Mueller,” he added. “There’s no other explanation.”

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed

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Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.

The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.

"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.

"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP

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Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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