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Trump ‘arranged in advance’ to have the DNC hacked: GOP strategist

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Longtime Republican media strategist Cheri Jacobus speculated on Tuesday that President Donald Trump did more than just know about the Wikileaks hacking of the Democratic National Committee computer systems during the 2016 presidential cycle.

Jacobus gave a fascinating account of having her email hacked after confirming a Trump lie about his backing by a super PAC.

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“It’s clear to me that the Trump team had the ability to have my email hacked. It’s clear to me that they then tried to launder information from my hacked emails through other sources so that they could use it against me,” Jacobus explained. “Importantly, it’s clear that if this is what Trump and his team of thugs could do to me — have me hacked, launder the info, and then try to use it against me without having their paw prints on it – they certainly are capable of doing it to Hillary, the DNC and others.”

“I believe that not only did Trump know WikiLeaks had the hacked emails of his political ‘enemies’, but that it’s likely Trump and his associates arranged in advance to have the emails hacked, or at the very least were involved in the planning and coordination of the hackings — just as in the hacking of my email,” she explained.

Jacobus also believes she was victim of a “catfishing” scheme and notes she was fearful for her safety, even calling her local NYPD precinct.

“The FBI launched an investigation. (Preet Bahara’s office had already been dealing with the catfishing case, and then helped get the FBI involved.) Over the course of the next year, two more data points occurred that indicated people associated with Trump were in possession of personal information about me that seemed to have been garnered from my hacked email,” she explained.

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“In one instance, they were trying to confirm something through another avenue that they thought would help Trump in court, but knew they could not bring up on their own, thus exposing themselves as having access to my hacked emails,” she continued. “In another instance, a member of the Trump team who had appeared before the grand jury and Congress appeared to be trafficking in information he erroneously thought was damning, but obviously came from my hacked email.”

The case was eventually turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, Jacobus believes.

“As these new developments took place, the FBI (SDNY) increased their contact with me, and then said they needed to meet with me. While I had a good idea what they had found based on their 3 1/2 hour meeting with me, I was not made privy to it at that time, nor in the subsequent contact with them,” she added. “Last fall they informed me that this had gone beyond their initial investigation of mere computer intrusion (this particular division dealt with cyber crimes) and they were passing the information to the Special Counsel’s office.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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