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Rachel Maddow wonders if Putin told Trump Seoul was nowhere near North Korea to mess with him

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was flabbergasted by the recent revelation that Trump thought he could displace an entire South Korean city so that the 2,000 year-old capital would be safer. To make matters worse, President Donald Trump asked Russian President Vladimir Putin what he wanted the U.S. leader to do with North Korea.

The host compared the move to what it would be like to move the entirety of New York City, which has a smaller population than Seoul.

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“Imagine how it would go. Just like call Connecticut,” Maddow said as her MSNBC crew was heard laughing hysterically. “We’re sorry, but we’re scootching New York City, we have to scootch it like a few miles, so we’re going to bring over the Empire State Building first. Do you have a spot for the Empire State Building? And after that, we’re going to bring the avenues maybe one at a time. Do you want Park Avenue first or Fifth Avenue because we’re moving the city we’re bringing the first million people, and after that, the next million people. We’ll phase them in.”

It also appears the president of the United States was taking his orders from Russia again. Maddow cited a Washington Post report earlier this year that Trump sought direction from Putin on the dictator he once called “little rocket man.”

“North Korea, of course, has a border with Russia,” Maddow reminded the audience. “Russia has helped North Korea evade sanctions that we put on North Korea. They have tried to shore up the North Korean dictatorship. Why would an American president ask Vladimir Putin for direction in terms of how Putin wants to start treating North Korea? But the record of that call is reportedly one of the Trump presidential call records that have been taken out of circulation effectively inside the White House.”

Maddow wondered what other calls the White House is hiding from the American people and what other absurd things Trump might have said to foreign leaders. As reported, when Trump found out how close Seoul was to North Korea, Trump sought to move it, but the passionate demand was short-lived. Maddow wondered if it was Putin that told Trump Seoul wasn’t actually that close or if Putin was able to convince Trump to calm down.

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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