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CHECKMATE: NY Prosecutors Are Ready to Indict Paul Manafort at Any Moment if Trump Pardons Him

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If former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been lying to prosecutors in the hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump, he will be in for a nasty surprise should such an event ever come to pass.

Bloomberg is reporting that New York state prosecutors have “put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon.”

According to Bloomberg’s sources, attorneys working for New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have uncovered potential tax fraud crimes committed by Manafort that they could choose to prosecute should Manafort ever be released from prison by Trump.

Vance’s office started investigating Manafort in March 2017, two months before Robert Mueller was even appointed as special counsel and even longer before Manafort was indicted for tax fraud, conspiracy against the United States and other charges.

Bloomberg says that Vance’s prosecutors have found evidence of “evasion of New York taxes and violations of state laws requiring companies to keep accurate books and records,” although there is some worry that some of these charges could overlap with charges leveled by Mueller, which could constitute double jeopardy.

“Vance’s office has identified several areas where it believes Manafort can be charged with state offenses without triggering double jeopardy protections,” the report claims. “For example, New York law allows defendants who have already been convicted of evading federal taxes to be charged with the same conduct as it applies to state taxes. As a part-time resident of New York, Manafort has some exposure.”

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Internet Goes Wild Over ‘Obviously Drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s Lying While Slurring His Words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

“There is no economic recession in sight,” Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

“Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now… And he is lying while slurring his words,” one Twitter user noted.

“Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk,” another user observed.

Some hinted at Kudlow’s addiction to cocaine in the 1990s.

Watch Kudlow on Fox News and read some of the tweets below.

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Julián Castro Blasts Twitter CEO for Not ‘Working to Remove White Supremacists’ After Steve King’s Bizarro Rant

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro blasted Twitter for allowing white supremacists on its platform, and went after Republican Rep. Steve King, after the Iowa Congressman posted a bizarro rant directed at the Texas Democrat.

“Hey @JulianCastro,” Rep. King tweeted late Thursday night. “You think it’s NOT embarrassing when you declare that men can get pregnant and then you promote federal funding to abort men’s babies? Genius! A Democrat proposal that will have a CBO score of ZERO! And a bizarre score of 100!!”

Castro on Wednesday had scorched King after the nine-term Republican lawmaker drew scorn and outrage for saying humankind might not exist without rape and incest.

In response to King’s transphobic and bizarre attack, which seemed to come out of nowhere, Castro pivoted, apparently trying to get Twitter’s CEO, billionaire Jack Dorsey, to ban King from Twitter. Twitter has been under fire for what many feel is its slow response in removing white supremacists and neo-Nazis from its platform.

Congressman King has a long and growing history of racist, white supremacist, white nationalist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant remarks and policies.

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Warren Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Biden in Key State of Iowa

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has opened a double-digit lead over the current 2020 Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, in a just-released poll for Iowa.

An Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows Warren at 28%, followed by Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders both at 17%, giving Warren an eleven-point lead over both.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in with 13%. Senator Kamala Harris has 8%. Senator Cory Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke both have 3%.

Warren has gained 16 points in Iowa since May, with all the above candidates dropping over the same time period.

Sen. Warren “spent a considerable amount of time on Iowa trips during the winter and spring, locking in activists and volunteers early on. Warren was also the quickest in the field to build up a strong ground game here, stocked with veteran Iowa Caucus staffers.”

Iowa is a critical state. It’s believed an October, 2007 speech then-Senator Barack Obama gave helped him win the Iowa Caucuses, a turning point that helped him unseat Senator Hillary Clinton as the frontrunner in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

 

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