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Cohen’s three suitcases full of evidence ‘must have struck fear in Trump and his family’: Vanity Fair reporter

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Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox told MSNBC on Thursday that President Donald Trump and his family were likely terrified by the sight of Michel Cohen walking into Congress with “suitcases” full of documents as he answered more questions behind closed doors, some possibly addressing allegations that the president’s own lawyers helped coach his 2017 false testimony .

“One of the most stunning images of the past week, which has been a fairly stunning week when it comes to Michel Cohen, was Cohen entering Capitol Hill yesterday with three suitcases and a big file folder,” she said. “I think that that, to me, was a moment that must have struck fear in President Trump and his family, and anyone who works in the Trump organization.”

“Before his public testimony he spent time digging through boxes in a storage unit to find documents that backed up some of his claims,” Fox continued, citing her own reporting. “He spent this past weekend before he went back to Capitol Hill yesterday doing some more document diving and that is what was able to allow him to bring more documents yesterday about these kinds of edits and about communication he had with lawyers representing various members of the administration about the kinds of changes that they wanted to see made.”

Host Joe Scarborough asked Fox to provide “some insight” into polling that shows “by more than double digits (that) Americans believe Michael Cohen far more than they believe Donald Trump.” Fox was only too happy to oblige.

“What a sad state of affairs that number is, that the American public believes someone who admitted to lying to Congress more than their own president of the United States,” she said. “I think that Cohen felt like he went to Congress and did what he needed to do. I think the fact that he brought documents with him, those suitcases this week and the documents that he showed publicly last week, I think that is why you see the big discrepancy and I think that Cohen was pleased with that.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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