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Trump shredded as a ‘mafia don’ for manipulating witnesses against him with possible pardons

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On Thursday, House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that President Donald Trump behaves like a “mafia don” during an interview with CNN reporter Manu Raju.

Schiff said that Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed information about the president abusing his pardon power during a two days of closed-door testimony.

“I asked him about the lie allegedly Michael Cohen made to the House Oversight Committee,” Raju told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “He did not want to pass judgment. He will wait until the testimony comes out. He raised significant concerns about what he says are ‘deeply concerning information’ that he learned from Michael Cohen in the two days of testimony. He is raising concerns about the talk about pardons and the president’s dangling of pardons that allegedly occurred.”

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It was reported that Cohen asked for a pardon from Trump after the FBI raided his home. Trump at one point, allegedly singled that he might pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Schiff explained that Trump convinces members of his team to perform criminal conduct with an empty promise of pardoning them.

“We have had a deep concern for some time over the president dangling pardons as a way of encouraging people to fall in line,” Schiff said.

“By promising them there’s relief on the way if you stay with team Trump. And conversely, going after people who decide to cooperate. Whether it’s praising Paul Manafort for essentially reneging on a cooperation agreement or not talking, condemning others as rats, the president is behaving like a mafia don,” he said.

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John Oliver explains how the Ukraine scandal is so stupid even Fox News ‘idiot’ Steve Doocy should understand it

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver closed out his season with a special report for Fox News hosts who seem to be struggling with the basic understanding of things like "bribery" or the concept that attempted crimes are still actually crimes.

At the top of Sunday's show, Oliver played a clip of Fox News host Laura Ingraham who made the argument that if Trump tried to commit a crime and didn't manage to pull it off, then he's clearly innocent.

"Attempted bribery isn't in the constitution," proclaimed Ingraham, forgetting about what "high crimes and misdemeanors" covers. "Remember, Ukraine got its aid, it was 14 days delayed, big deal. And Ukraine never made any public statement about the investigation."

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This is the energy executive who first exposed Trump’s Ukraine scandal: report

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CNN host Chris Cuomo did a special investigative report by Drew Griffin looking at the money trail from Russia to President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

"You probably don’t know Dale Perry, but history may record this energy executive as one of the first who sounded the alarm about what would become President Trump’s impeachment inquiry," said Griffin. "In April, Perry’s former business partner Andrew Favorov, now a director at Ukraine's state-owned gas company Naftogaz, says two shady characters had approached him, with a secret management plan to take over the management from the inside. Those two shady characters Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are two low-level, Soviet-born businessmen from south Florida. And they were trying to clear the way for their own gas business."

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‘A slam-dunk-case’: MSNBC analysts predict GOP will defend Trump — and ‘the guy is going to get off’

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More evidence was outed Sunday as the Wall Street Journal revealed emails from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who promised to keep the White House abreast of President Donald Trump's demand for an investigation by Ukraine. The news prompted an MSNBC panelists to explain that it wouldn't matter how much evidence was presented, Republicans will never vote to remove Trump.

Host Geoff Bennett asked about the witness testimony and preponderance of evidence that "all points in one direction at this point, that President Trump orchestrated this entire" Ukraine investigations.

"It's a slam dunk case, and yet we know the guy is going to get off," said Los Angels Times White House reporter Eli Stokols. "That's effectively what you're saying. Because all the testimony has lined up so closely, the fact that [EU Ambassador Gordon] Sondland has come to come in, and because testimony from [Ambassador Bill] Taylor and others, has had to change testimony, Republicans have no choice -- the president has no choice but to try to dismiss the entire thing as partisan."

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