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Trump’s Team Has Been Telegraphing to Paul Manafort the President Will Pardon Him After Midterms

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted this week of eight felonies, could be re-tried on the 10 the jury could not decide on, and has another felony trial starting next month.

Unlike a long and growing list of Trump associates, Manafort has not flipped on Trump. And the president is very grateful – and is finding ways, and other members of his team are too, to telegraph to Manafort to hold tight, and expect a pardon.

In fact, “President Trump asked his lawyers several weeks ago for their advice on the possibility of pardoning his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his lawyer said Thursday,” according to a report in The Washington Post Thursday afternoon.

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has confirmed the report.

“Trump’s lawyers counseled the president against the idea of pardoning anyone linked to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to Giuliani, saying Trump should at least wait until special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his probe. Giuliani said the president agreed and did not push the issue further.”

CNN’s Jeremy Diamond agrees, tweeting, President Trump, “via his attorney, is essentially telegraphing that he’ll likely pardon Manafort after the Mueller investigation has wrapped. Meaning Manafort just has to stick it out, not offer damaging information about Trump & he’ll be home free.”

That’s not what Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked if Trump would pardon Manafort. She told reporters just 24 hours ago that Trump “hadn’t been thinking about that at all.”  That statement now seems false.

Unsurprisingly, President Trump has clearly been signaling a pardon for Manafort. Just yesterday he posted this tweet:

And this tweet:

 

 

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‘What Does Putin Have on Him?’ Trump Gives Russia a Pass on Alexei Navalny Poisoning

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All eyes have been on Russia since opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill in Siberia.

Navalny was finally air-lifted to German, where the government announced toxicology tests found “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent,” according to CNN.

“Alexey Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “This poison can be detected without a doubt in the samples.”

Trump was asked about the poisoning on Friday against the backdrop of the alleged pattern of Vladimir Putin poisoning political opponents.

But Trump refused to condemn the attack or hold Putin to account.

“Once again Trump passes on a chance to hold Russia accountable. What does Putin have on him?” CNN analyst Joe Lockhart asked.

Here’s what others were saying:

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DeJoy ‘Surprised and Confused’ After House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Him for Ignoring Deadlines

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The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee has followed through on its promise to subpoena the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, after he failed to meet deadlines for document production in both the House and Senate.

“You are hereby commanded to be and appear before the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” the subpoena, signed by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) reads.

The Postmaster General says he was “surprised and confused” upon receiving the subpoena.

“We remain surprised and confused by Chairwoman Maloney’s insistence on issuing a subpoena to the Postal Service in the midst of ongoing dialogue with her staff,” the USPS says, as USAToday’s Nicholas Wu reports. “We fully intend to comply with our obligations under the law.”

The Committee has been investigating why the USPS has been removing hundreds of mail sorting machines and post office collection boxes, also known as mailboxes, and suspending overtime.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez weighs in:

 

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‘#TrumpCorruption’: President Slammed for Saying Barr Must Prosecute Critics Like Obama to Become ‘Greatest’

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President Donald Trump is telling Bill Barr he must prosecute the president’s critics, like former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in order for him to become “the greatest Attorney General” in history.

As usual, Trump telegraphed his wishes to Barr right out in the open, in a Fox News interview that aired Tuesday night.

“I say this openly: Bill Barr can go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just another guy,” Trump told Fox host Laura Ingraham. “They have all the stuff, you don’t need anything else. You know they want everything. You don’t need anything else. They all lied to Congress, they were liars, they were cheaters. They were treasonous it was treason.”

Trump’s claims are false.

Many took to social media to slam Trump, with some declaring his obsession with prosecuting his critics is an abuse of power.

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