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Trump’s misdemeanor hush money could be charged as a felony: former prosecutor Barbara McQuade

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President Donald Trump may be charged with a felony by New York state prosecutors for his role in the hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy magazine playmate Karen McDougal, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC.

Former Eastern District of Michigan US Attorney Barbara McQuade was interviewed on Thursday by Joy Reid on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

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“So the grand jury subpoena here I think has asked for any and all documents relating to the treatment of this payment,” McQuade explained. “And so, you know, they have to have a good faith basis for a crime. In this instance, it appears to be this falsification of business records.”

“But, in the course of receiving all those things, if they should find evidence of additional crimes within those documents, they’re absolutely free to charge any of those crimes that they find,” she explained.

“And how would it be a misdemeanor to falsify your business records to cover up a hush money payment?” Reid asked.

“So the statute makes it a misdemeanor to simply falsify a business record, but there’s an aggravated version of that crime if you are using that false document to conceal or commit another crime — then it becomes a felony,” McQuade replied. “It’s not clear to me whether a federal crime qualifies as that other crime, but my hunch is that it might and so it could very well be that if the books were falsified to conceal a campaign finance violation, that could turn this misdemeanor into a felony.”

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“And just to be crystal clear, is there anything that William Barr could do to stop this investigation or to intervene in it?” Reid asked.

“No, he really couldn’t,” McQuade said.

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Corey Lewandowski is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but President Donald Trump's White House is telling the possible Senate hopeful to keep his mouth shut.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted about the instruction Monday, less than 24 hours before Lewandowski is scheduled to be sworn in.

"White House has instructed Corey Lewandowski not to testify about his conversations with POTUS or other White House officials that are not already delineated in Mueller report, per aide familiar with strategy. He testifies tomorrow," Dawsey tweeted.

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During an introduction about an upcoming segment, Chris Matthews handed it to the president over his inaction with gun safety. Despite multiple mass shootings with high-powered weapons and overwhelming support for stronger background checks and an assault weapons ban, Trump has refused to act.

"Democrats back President Trump corner on gun legislation making him an offer on background checks, I don't see how he refuses," said Matthews. "His response remains muddled so as not to anger his pals at the NRA. He is scared right now. Trump doesn't know what to do. This is one time on guns I think he knows that Nancy and Chuck have put something on the table, a firm offer to do background checks and background checks alone. He better do this or he'll look stupid."

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