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‘Vulnerable to blackmail?’: Former federal prosecutor fearful Trump’s taxes could put America in jeopardy

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On Tuesday, The New York Times dropped a bombshell report detailing a decade worth of President Donald Trump’s tax information.

The report details that Trump lost billions of dollars over the year in taxes. Several pundits wondered about the impact of this new report. Former Obama communications director Jen Psaki told CNN’s Erin Burnett that that report reveals why Trump could have been so easily influenced by Russia.

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“I think it’s significant and problematic,” Psaki said. “Not only does this kind of fly in face of how he ran for office, it shows him to be a fraud but it shows why he would be vulnerable to interests like Russia and other countries who are trying to convince him that they can help him out with his financial problems. We don’t know that happened. We haven’t seen all the proof. But this is an important piece that people will dig further into.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted that it could mean Trump is open to blackmail.

“What is Trump’s financial condition now? Is he in the red? Could he be vulnerable to blackmail?” Mariotti tweeted. “We don’t know because he has hidden his tax returns from Congress and the public.”

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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‘Reality is hard to ignore’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashes with GOP congressman over Ukraine testimony

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo traded barbs with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who tried to claim there was no evidence Trump committed any wrongdoing in Ukraine — and was repeatedly smacked down.

"What this was was an opening statement with no cross-examination," said Mullin. "What I was told by my Republican colleagues, John Radcliffe tore this apart piece by piece in less than two minutes. We don't know this because it's not open and transparent."

"This is the investigation, though. Just to make it clear for the audience," said Cuomo. "You don't usually get, as a defendant, a team in there to help new an investigation. But Republicans are there and you asked him to take the job as a lifelong Republican."

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