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December 18, 2018 at 02:22:00
'Flynn's lies served to protect Trump': National security reporter argues the FBI's newly revealed records are 'unbeliev

The former national security adviser scheduled for sentencing. Why did former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lie to the FBI at the beginning of President Donald Trump's administration? That question remains an enduring mystery of the presidency and of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. But new evidence revealed in the sentencing process for Flynn, who is due to be sentenced on Wednesday and is expected to receive no jail time, helps fill in details of the picture, as national security reporter Marcy Wheeler explained. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in an interview about his discussions during the Trump presidential transition. He claimed that in talking to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, he wasn't trying to interfere in the Obama administration's ongoing policies, including newly levied sanctions against Russia.


December 18, 2018 at 01:46:00
'This is the end of the road': Former GOP lawmaker explains why Trump is 'flailing' and doesn't know what to do

"Donald Trump, for the first time that we know publicly, is facing significant criminal accusations." With President Donald Trump's legal defense strategy apparently consisting of misunderstandings of the law, accidentally admitting incriminating facts, and launching Twitter tirades against witnesses, it's become clear that his team has little idea of how to get out of the mess he's found himself in. Former GOP congressman David Jolly of Florida explained Monday why Trump is struggling to come up with a coherent defense from his emerging legal challenges: He's never faced anything like this before.


December 18, 2018 at 01:37:00
Sarah Sanders just launched a delusional attack on James Comey from her official government account

The White House press secretary let loose a bizarre attack on the former FBI director on social media. On Monday, former FBI director James Comey finally lost his patience with House Republicans, who had hauled him in for closed-door testimony in a partisan stunt last week. "So another day of Hillary Clinton emails and the Steele Dossier," Comey complained to reporters. "This while the President of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense at all?"


December 17, 2018 at 23:47:00
Rudy Giuliani let slip a stunning admission about Trump's criminal hush money payments -- and it almost went unnoticed

Giuliani keeps making the problem worse for the president. Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, may end up being the strongest witness against president we've seen thus far. He just may not realize it yet. In his short stint as Trump's legal defense attorney, his embarrassing habits have not just been a spectacle -- they've seemed to raise serious legal problems for the president.


December 17, 2018 at 23:40:00
Reporter explains the important reason Kellyanne Conway should be banished from cable news

Kellyanne Conway is a habitual liar whose appearances on cable news do nothing useful or constructive, writes Margaret Sullivan. Counselor to the president and former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sat for an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo last Thursday, and it went predictably badly. The lingering question, however, is why cable news anchors like Cuomo insist on putting themselves and their audience through such a grueling and unhelpful experience.


December 17, 2018 at 22:48:00
Former top Republican officials slam Trump's asylum ban as plainly illegal in Supreme Court brief

Trump is trying to seal the border to asylum seekers. Even Republicans are saying it goes too far. On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported that a group of longtime Republican legal officials filed an amicus brief advising the Supreme Court that President Donald Trump's efforts to shut down the border to asylum seekers are illegal, and that "the government's position is simply wrong." The friend-of-the-court brief was filed by William Webster, the former director of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency; two former acting attorneys general, Peter Keisler and Stuart Gerson; and nine others, former DOJ official and Supreme Court advocate Carter Phillips and former State Department officials John Bellinger III and Samuel Witten.


December 17, 2018 at 21:19:00
'The great unraveling of Donald Trump's defenses': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace reveals how the president's excuses for crime

They can't even keep their lies straight. There's no apparent end to President Donald Trump's legal troubles -- and he seems to know it. And as MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace explained Monday afternoon, the desperate, scattershot approach of the president's legal team shows how perilous his standing is.


December 17, 2018 at 20:39:00
James Comey blasts Fox News directly to one of its reporters for spreading Trump's lies

"I'd rather not talk to you all." Former FBI Director James Comey blasted Fox News to the face of one of the network's own reporters Monday while answering questions after testifying before Congress. Asked by the reporter if he had hurt the bureau's reputation, Comey said no.


December 17, 2018 at 19:13:00
'A deliberate effort to mislead the public': Legal experts denounce Alan Dershowitz's warped and desperate defenses of T

The Harvard professor has conducted a pro-Trump misinformation campaign. Harvard law scholar Alan Dershowitz has embraced his role as an unabashed defender of President Donald Trump while the White House's legal problems escalate. But he hasn't simply been casting the facts about the president's dire legal straits in the most favorable light possible -- as many legal experts have argued, he is engaging in consistent and repeated factual distortions to protect and provide cover for Trump.


December 17, 2018 at 18:23:00
'Soulless vampire' Stephen Miller mocked for sporting 'spray-on-hair' during Sunday talk shows: 'The coverup is worse th

"Maybe he was hoping we would Nazi the difference." Male pattern baldness is something millions of men struggle with as they age. It's natural, it happens. While some just go with it and embrace it, others find new ways to cover the loss of hair: baseball hats, implants, hair growth supplements, whatever is happening on Donald Trump's head and in the case of Donald Trump's senior racism advisor, Stephen Miller, spray paint.


December 17, 2018 at 18:00:00
NY Times bombshell: Russian trolls extensively targeted black Americans -- and tried to suppress Democratic turnout

"The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans." A bombshell New York Times report reveals the Russian troll operation on social media platforms was far more extensive than first understood. One major aspect of a report prepared for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee finds Russia "extensively" and "specifically" targeted Black Americans. Russia's Internet Research Agency (I.R.A.), owned by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, used not only Facebook and Twitter, but also YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, Google+, and especially Instagram.


December 17, 2018 at 17:13:00
Watch: Fox News legal analyst smacks down host Maria Bartiromo's claim Flynn was 'entrapped' by Mueller

"Here's the thing: his guilty plea was given under oath. If (Flynn) retracts that, it's perjury. So he's really in a bind right now." President Donald Trump and many other Republicans--including a long list of carnival barkers at Fox News and Fox Business--have been painting Michael Flynn as a victim of "entrapment." Flynn, former national security advisor for the Trump Administration, admitted to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the late 2016 lame duck session. And when Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" on December 17, host Maria Bartiromo echoed the claim that Flynn was "entrapped" by the FBI. But Napolitano, a right-wing libertarian, is not afraid to part company with his Fox News and Fox Business colleagues when he thinks they're wrong--and he set Bartiromo straight by explaining that legally, Flynn was not "entrapped."

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