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Still-free Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell likely cooperating with prosecutors: Vanity Fair columnist

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High-powered wealth manager Jeffrey Epstein may have committed suicide — but the case looking into his alleged involvement in trafficking and raping teenage girls is far from over. One particular loose end is Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was close friends with Epstein — and who is accused of helping to groom Epstein’s victims, and who has seemingly disappeared.

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As Vanity Fair contributor William Cohen told MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Maxwell is likely not really on the lam at all — she may be helping prosecutors in secret, to lull Epstein’s other co-conspirators into a false sense of security.

“Can I ask you about Ghislaine Maxwell?” said Witt. “Because she allegedly staged that fast food photo at the In-N-Out burger in Los Angeles. Do authorities know where she is? Is she in L.A.?”

“I don’t know where she is,” said Cohen. “She was maybe in Manchester-by-the-Sea, on the north coast of Massachusetts, the week before, with a wealthy technology entrepreneur.”

But, he added, “I’m sure they know where she is. My bet is she is cooperating. My bet, this is one big head fake, they know exactly where she is, and she’s trying to save her skin now because she’s the focus of a worldwide womanhunt, if you will.”

“Yeah, and potentially a lot of civil accusations, that’s for sure,” agreed Witt.

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Trumper Scott Jennings slams Devin Nunes for ‘being caught totally flat-footed’

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It's clear the morning testimony didn't go as well as Republicans had wanted. The concern was evident on the face of House Minority Leader Devin Nunes (R-CA), who exchanged glances with the GOP counsel.

Republican Scott Jennings is quick to defend the White House and the GOP, but Wednesday even he was forced to concede his party wasn't prepared for what EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified.

CNN host John King noted that the Republican counsel brought up Rudy Giuliani and his business relationships in Ukraine, outside of his work for President Donald Trump.

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Another Trump defense get legs knocked out from under it in witness Laura Cooper statement

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American civil servant Laura Cooper testified Wednesday to facts that take the legs out from under another defense by President Donald Trump and his White House. According to Trump world, Ukraine never knew that aid was being withheld, so there couldn't have been bribery.

According to Cooper, that wasn't the case at all.

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As CNN's Manu Raju cited in a Twitter thread, Laura Cooper claimed her staff was asked by an official at the Ukraine embassy "what was going on with the security assistance in July and were aware in August of a hold on aid. Her staff couldn’t find documentation detailing that concern raised in August."

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Trump announces he just opened Apple plant in Texas that has been there since 2013

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On Wednesday, during a visit to Austin, President Donald Trump tweeted that he "opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas" and promised that it will return "high paying jobs" to America — then trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for "closing Congress":

Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019

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