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Trump went ‘gangster Nixon’ in trying to end investigations in SOTU ‘threat’: NYT columnist

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President Donald Trump is even more “gangster” than Richard Nixon, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg explained Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Beat” with Ari Melber.

“We begin with Democrats coming out swinging on investigating Trump. Adam Schiff making it official with a new framework for a sweeping investigation of Trump, Russia and, of course, the money trail,” Melber reported.

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“Congressman Schiff announced Dems will use subpoena power to probe coordination between Russia and Trump,” he continued. “Also probing the scaring, but potentially legal scenario, where foreign actors hold financial leverage over Trump or his family.”

Melber played two clips, showing how both President Richard Nixon and President Donald Trump used their State of the Union addresses to demand an end to investigations.

“I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end,” Nixon said. “One year of Watergate is enough.”

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump said. “It just doesn’t work that way.”

Goldberg offered a critical caveat to the comparison.

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“The similarities are clear, but I think there’s a significant difference too. Without saying anything to minimize Nixon’s criminality, he wasn’t up there issuing a threat,” she explained.

“What trump did was sort of like Gangster Nixon,” she argued. “It’s like, ‘nice country you got there.'”

“He’s trying to extort the United States Congress out of meaningful oversight,” Goldberg explained.

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“I think it just goes to show how far we have sunk in under two years of this presidency, that that wasn’t the headline coming out of this State of the Union,” she noted. “The very fact he made this gangster-like threat was something that everybody rolled their eyes at because we have become so inured to gangster-like behavior and lawlessness.”

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Neo-Nazi arrested by FBI in terror plot before his comrades tried to kill him for being ‘stupid’ and ‘incompetent’: report

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On Saturday, CBC News reported that several members of a white supremacist group called The Base have been arrested in Georgia and Wisconsin. This comes one day after another set of raids in Maryland and Delaware that caught Patrik Mathews, a former reservist from Manitoba who crossed into the United States illegally and has been missing for five months after being accused of recruiting for the extremist group.

One new key detail came out about Mathews in an affidavit used to secure the arrest warrants for Mathews' alleged compatriots, according to the CBC: "Although the document suggests the group member believed to be Mathews stayed with a Georgia cell member for months, he is later reportedly characterized as 'incompetent' and 'stupid' and is seen as a liability to the local group. In fact, he eventually becomes a new potential murder target."

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WATCH: Trump lawyer Pam Bondi brushes off her meeting with Lev Parnas during NBC grilling

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During an interview with NBC News' "Today" on Saturday, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida and one of the lawyers representing President Donald Trump in impeachment matters, dismissed the photograph released by House Democrats that shows her with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"Clearly, Lev Parnas liked to take pictures with a lot of people," said Bondi unconcernedly. "He showed up at events pretty much everywhere where Republicans were."

Asked about Trump's relationship with Parnas, she added, "I don't know what that matters, what they're planning on doing with it. We're going to stick to the facts and stick to the law in this case."

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Trump will face uphill battle discrediting Parnas after so many other aides ended up in jail: columnist

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Writing for The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg pointed out that President Donald Trump could have a difficult time trying to discredit indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as untrustworthy in his allegations about the Ukraine scheme — because his sleaziness and disrepute is the whole reason that he was so useful to Trump's team in the first place.

"Now that Lev Parnas, a key conspirator in Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s plot to shake down Ukraine, is singing, Trump’s defenders are pointing out that he is a disreputable person who can’t be trusted," wrote Goldberg. "'This is a man who is under indictment and who’s actually out on bail. This is a man who owns a company called Fraud Inc.,' the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said on Fox News, the only network on which she regularly appears. (Parnas's company was actually called Fraud Guarantee, though that’s not any better.)"

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