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Ex-CIA spy reveals why she thinks Trump pardoned Dick Cheney’s chief

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Former CIA agent Valerie Plame is running for Congress for the district that covers Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. She told MSNBC Sunday that she doesn’t think there was any alliance that President Donald Trump had to Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff I. Scooter Libby, who he pardoned.

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Plame about Trump’s motivations, which Plame claimed were purely political.

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“I think it has nothing to do with me,” she said. “It has nothing to do with Scooter Libby. It had, I believe, everything to do with Trump showing his cronies, ‘Look, you take care of me, I’ll take care of you.’ I’m pretty sure Trump really has no idea exactly who Scooter Libby is or why he should care, but he understood enough for a small group of people, it was a very strong signal.”

The Congressional seat is an open one as Rep. Ben Luján (D-NM) leaves to run for the U.S. Senate.

“What drives you to go — want to go become to Washington after what you experienced in the context of the Bush administration? I just have to ask,” asked Hunt, pointedly.

“Well, this is my home, and maybe it sounds a little corny, but I really look forward to the opportunity of perhaps serving my country again,” Plame confessed. “The last time it got curtailed before I was quite ready, and this opportunity opened up.”

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She went on to say that if she didn’t run, she would regret it.

Plame lived was based out of Virginia when she was outed by Libby as a CIA agent. It virtually destroyed Plame’s ability to serve overseas with any kind of anonymity. She and her family escaped to New Mexico to raise her children.

Watch the interview below:

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Harvey Weinstein to face new indictment in #MeToo sexual assault trial

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Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is awaiting trial on two sexual assault charges, will return to court next week to hear a new indictment against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

Weinstein, 67, will appear in a New York state court on Monday, said a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney, declining to comment on the details of the indictment.

He added, however, that it did not contain new charges and that the film producer's trial would start as scheduled on September 9.

The indictment is likely to allow another alleged victim of Weinstein to testify at the trial.

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El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump’s lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him

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President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.

"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

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Priest bound and gagged teen boy with masking tape and held him hostage in church’s janitor room

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A Michigan Catholic priest has been charged with one count of false imprisonment after he wrapped a teenage boy in plastic wrap and covered his eyes and mouth with masking tape, all while trapping him in the janitor's room of a church, ClickOnDetroit reports.

Rev. Brian Stanley, 57, faces up to 15 years in prison and would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Stanley was reportedly entrusted by the teen's family as a counselor before the incident took place in the fall of 2013 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Otsego.

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