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Ex-mob prosecutor says Trump’s talk with Putin was a ‘get your stories straight call’ like she used to hear on wiretaps

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The former chief of the organized crime and racketeering unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York explained on MSNBC Friday how President Donald Trump’s call with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin reminded her of what she used to hear listening to mob wiretaps.

MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah was interviewed on “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace.

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“Official after official, when brought up to Capitol Hill, has bemoaned the fact there’s no top-down order to tell Russia to stay out of our democracy,” Wallace noted.

“There’s no order,” Rocah agreed. “He’s doing the opposite.”

“This phone call between Trump and Putin today reminded me of what we would call — when we were on wires of criminals and listening to their conversations and they didn’t know it — the ‘get your story straight call,'” Rocah replied. “They would do something, they didn’t know we were listening to them after whatever crime they just committed, they robbed a bank or whatever, then they’re on the phone, sort of talking, kind of sort of in code, but it’s a yeah, ‘when we went to the store earlier and I bought the milk,’ you know, they’re making their cover story, congratulating each other, patting each other on the back, saying ‘it’s all good, we made it, we didn’t get caught.’ That’s what this reminded me of.”

“If you look at the obstruction that Trump, I think, clearly committed, it was obstruction of the investigation into Russia, not just Trump, but into Russia’s actions,” Rocah suggested. “And that’s what this phone call was about.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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