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Statements from Manafort’s own lawyer ‘re-raises the question of collusion’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber

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MSNBC’s Ari Melber said Thursday that Paul Manafort’s post-indictment obstruction was right out of the Mafia’s playbook — and re-opened questions about the Trump presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, after his lawyer’s statement from the courthouse steps.

“Paul Manafort had the book thrown at him yesterday for a bunch of felonies including post-indictment obstruction. That is mafia gangster type stuff,” Melber said. “A lot of people when they get indicted they get scared, and they deal with the indictments. Most people -and this is a legal fact- don’t commit new crimes post-indictment. Paul Manafort did, Judge Jackson rebuked him for that.”

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Melber harshly mocked Manafort’s “no collusion” defense as “talking about something he’s not even accused of”, and said his legal team was on thin ice.

“It looked like an appeal for a pardon,” he said, noting that Manafort’s lawyer was “fact checked in real time” by the protestors outside.

“When you are arguing for something that is not before the judge, and you might get more jail time for it , it raises the question why,” Melber went on. “That seemed like an appeal for a pardon and it re-raises the question of collusion. And remember, Mueller is not done, so we’ll see.”

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Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name

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President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.

"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.

Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.

"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.

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Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.

The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.

To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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