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Trump committed a ‘confessed crime’ while president and Cohen’s pay-off check proves it: MSNBC

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MSNBC’s Ari Melber said Tuesday that the date on Michel Cohen’s check to adult film star Stormy Daniels -Valentine’s Day- proves that Donald Trump committed a “confessed crime” while president.

“I have it here,” said Melber holding up a photocopy of the check. “This is significant because this was not at the hearing. This is the $70,000 check from a Trump Trust to Michael Cohen written during the Trump presidency, February 14th, 2017.”

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“What it shows,” he continued, “is that on this score the documentary financial evidence corroborates Michael Cohen’s account that Donald Trump was paying him while president for a confessed election crime and, thus, rebuts the denials we’ve seen from Donald Trump both in public and through his spokespersons that somehow he wasn’t in on this repayment scheme.”

Host Willie Geist noted the check was signed by both Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and Donald Trump Jr, and asked for Melber to illustrate why the date on the check was important.

“He is president and this is a confessed crime,” said Melber. “Here we have another check, another receipt if you will, that does corroborate key portions of Cohen’s account. That’s important because as we all know he has lied at one point.”

“The more that the evidence comes into the record,” he added, “the more the parts of Cohen’s story falls into place and that’s bad for Donald Trump.”

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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