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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.”

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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Russia launches criminal case over gay couple’s adoption

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Russia on Wednesday said it had opened an unprecedented criminal case accusing officials of negligence for allowing a gay couple to adopt two children.

The Investigative Committee, which probes serious cases, said that Moscow social workers were suspected of criminal negligence for allowing the two boys to live in the family since 2010.

This is the first such case ever launched, reported Interfax news agency.

"Nothing like this has happened before," said lawyer Maksim Olenichev of Vykhod (Coming Out) support group based in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg.

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GOP looks like it’s in a ‘state of panic’ after labeling combat veteran a ‘socialist loser’ for running as a Democrat: columnist

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Republicans in Cincinnati, Ohio, may have overstepped the boundaries of poor taste, calling a former Air Force pilot a "socialist loser."

As columnist Jason Williams writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the GOP majorly flubbed their campaign against the Democrat.

"Yeesh, not a good look for the Trump Party," Williams writes. "Democrat Nikki Foster is neither a socialist nor a loser, from what little we know about the Mason moderate after she launched her campaign in Ohio's 1st Congressional District on Monday."

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Pelosi slaps Trump with a backhanded compliment: ‘He’s a great distractor — that’s what this is about’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of making a racist attack on four U.S. congresswomen to distract from failures in his administration.

At a press conference, Pelosi told the reporters that lawmakers were "gentle" in condemning only Trump's tweets as "racist" in a recent vote.

"We weren't saying he is racist," she explained. "We were saying that the words that he used were racist."

"We all know the argument that could be made against us in terms of our philosophy, in terms of our priorities and the rest," Pelosi said. "And the president knows there are arguments that could be made against him and, therefore, he wants to distract from them."

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