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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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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

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Florida outbreak is ‘much worse’ than Gov. DeSantis is letting on: Former COVID-19 data chief

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Jeff Sessions’ fate is a warning for us all

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost his primary race to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama on Tuesday night in a landslide, according to Decision Desk HQ. Early returns showed him losing the shot to win back his old seat by more than 20 points to opponent Tommy Tuberville, who will face off against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November.

It wasn't a surprising loss for Sessions, though it is a brutal one. He gave up his seat in the Senate to become President Donald Trump's attorney general, and he lost his big chance to return because his one-time benefactor turned against him. Trump enthusiastically endorsed Tuberville while viciously and repeatedly denouncing Sessions.

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