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Maddow shocked the U.S. lost ‘priceless’ spy in Russia because Intel community can’t trust Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow (screengrab)

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reported how President Donald Trump cost the United States a “priceless” spy in the Kremlin with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s almost easier today to talk about what scandals aren’t breaking today than to list the ones that are. Today CNN had an incredibly damning exclusive report, which they had to themselves all day today. I should mention that just within the last hour, even though CNN had this exclusively all day, the crux has been matched by both NBC News and by The New York Times,” Maddow reported.

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The host read from the article.

“In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN,” the story reported.

“But the basic story from all three outlets is the same. It’s about the intelligence community in 2017 taking a dramatic step to protect an incredibly important intelligence asset who was working for the U.S. government from inside the Russian government,” she noted.

“The removal of the Russian was driven in part by concerns that President Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the source as a spy,” Maddow reported.

“What the CNN report is saying — and now NBC News and The New York Times matching it as well — is that as President, Trump so egregiously mishandled classified information — and in so doing destroyed highly sensitive foreign intelligence operations by telling the Russians about them, that U.S. Intelligence decided that President Trump might burn America’s best source inside the Russian government,” she explained.

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“He might expose that person, he might get that person killed. So, they had to emergency ex-filtrate that person out of Russia to save his or her life,” Maddow reported. “Not only does that tell you something about our president, it also means U.S. intelligence no longer has that priceless source in the upper echelons of the Russian government.”

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‘Last chapter in The Godfather’: Watergate prosecutor tears into Trump’s ‘continuing coverup’ of his associates’ Russia misdeeds

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On CNN Wednesday, former Watergate assistant special prosecutor Nick Akerman tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for his pardon of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — and warned that a larger coverup is looming.

"I think you have to look at the big picture here," said Akerman. "The big picture is that this is part of the continuing coverup of Donald Trump's efforts to conceal what happened between his campaign in 2016 with the Russian government. It started with Jim Comey, his firing because he refused to basically give an oath of loyalty to Donald Trump. It continued when Robert Mueller was appointed, the continuing threats of firing Mueller and his staff. It continued with Roger Stone, who was — his sentence was commuted."

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Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first

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Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.

After the president pardoned ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, it sparked new anticipation on how Trump will protect himself from prosecution after leaving office. Trump was alleged to have committed at least ten acts of obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller. In that case, the Justice Department followed the internal rule that sitting presidents could not be indicted. Then, it stands to reason that the Justice Department would also follow a 1974 memo from the same Office of Legal Counsel that said a president could not pardon himself.

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‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’

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On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.

"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."

"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."

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