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Former Trump adviser says Michael Cohen has ‘outplayed’ the president: He has ‘documented everything’

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Sam Nunberg, former political advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, told MSNBC on Wednesday that the president and his allies had been “outplayed” by his former fixer Michael Cohen, who delivers public testimony to Congress today about the president’s many crimes and history of lawbreaking.

“Michael outplayed them. The reason being is all of the Trump World, they were telling me ‘we can’t wait for Michael to testify, this is going to be a way that we’re going to destroy the Mueller investigation because he is not credible,'” Nunberg said.

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“Michael has documented everything in there factually about Donald Trump,” he continued. “He has played that game, and he has handled the press very well. Michael is very smart at doing what he just did. That’s why Donald Trump employed him all those years.”

Nunberg said that his own grand jury testimony regarding Roger Stone’s role in the 2016 election was “more about Michael Cohen” than anything else, saying Cohen was “critical for the investigation because he was able to justify the Mueller team getting into the southern district.” He added that Cohen’s sympathy as witness was irrelevant, and predicted fireworks.

“Hell hath no fury like a foot soldier scorned. Michael cleaned up Donald Trump’s messes,” Nunberg said. “And Donald Trump stepped all over him.”

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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