Donald Trump Jr. Strikes A Deal To Testify To Senate Intelligence Committee | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Donald Trump Jr. Strikes A Deal To Testify To Senate Intelligence Committee | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

The president’s son has struck a deal with lawmakers to testify in front of the GOP-led Senate Intel Cmte. as the House Intel Cmte. launches an investigation into Trump’s attorneys. Michael Mcfaul, Kelly Magsamen, Philip Rucker, and Jeremy Bash all join.
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Senator Lindsey Graham Wants Trump Jr. To Ignore Senate Subpoenas | The Last Word | MSNBC

Senator Lindsey Graham Wants Trump Jr. To Ignore Senate Subpoenas | The Last Word | MSNBC

Donald Trump Jr. will testify to the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee next month but Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he should ignore the Senate subpoena. That even shocked a conservative legal analyst. Lawrence O’Donnell says Graham’s statements “violated his oath of office.” William Yeomans, Ron Klain and Jason Johnson join.
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Gowdy: If Burr is sending a subpoena, private negotiations must have failed

Gowdy: If Burr is sending a subpoena, private negotiations must have failed

Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy on Senate Intelligence Committee chair Burr’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.

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Devin Nunes weighs in on the subpoena for Donald Trump Jr.

Devin Nunes weighs in on the subpoena for Donald Trump Jr.

Will Donald Trump Jr. go to jail if he does not comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena? California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes weighs in on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.

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Trump Frustrated Over Jr.’s Subpoena As Dems Push To Have Mueller Testify | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Trump Frustrated Over Jr.'s Subpoena As Dems Push To Have Mueller Testify | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

The president’s frustration comes into plain view over the subpoena for Donald Trump, Jr. And now Republicans are going after one of their own — Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr — for making it happen. Philip Rucker, Annie Karni, Matt Zapotosky, and Jeffrey Cramer all discuss.
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GOP-Led Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Don Jr. | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

GOP-Led Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Don Jr. | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

The president asserted executive privilege in hopes of protecting information from former White House counsel Don McGahn and Attorney General Bill Barr. LA Times White House Reporter Eli Stokols and President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeff Rosen join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss why the president should be very worried that the GOP led Senate Intel Committee has subpoenaed the his son.
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Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

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WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin, sent a text message to a Lebanese-American friend with ties to the Trump campaign.

Mr. Dmitriev wanted to connect quickly with someone in Mr. Trump’s inner circle, preferably Donald Trump Jr. or Jared Kushner. By the end of the month, he was in touch with Rick Gerson, a friend of Mr. Kushner who manages a New York hedge fund.

The two discussed a potential joint investment venture. But the special counsel’s report released Thursday suggested that Mr. Dmitriev’s real interest lay elsewhere: He had been instructed by Mr. Putin, he told Mr. Gerson, to come up with a plan for “reconciliation” between the United States and Russia.

Mr. Dmitriev and Mr. Gerson worked together on a two-page proposal for how the nations could cooperate on a variety of fronts. That document, the report said, later made its way to Mr. Kushner, Rex W. Tillerson, the incoming secretary of state, and Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist. Nothing came of the idea that the Russian sovereign fund would invest with Mr. Gerson.

The outreach by Mr. Dmitriev, according to the special counsel’s report, was part of a broad, makeshift effort by the Kremlin to establish ties to Mr. Trump that began early in the campaign and shifted into high gear after Mr. Trump’s victory. Those efforts were channeled largely through people in the business world in both countries. Especially after the election, they led to a conflation of diplomatic and financial interests that was a stark departure from the carefully calibrated contacts typically managed by an incoming administration in the United States.

Mr. Trump’s on-the-fly campaign, lack of preparation for victory and disorganized transition created a vacuum that, as Russia sought out avenues of access and influence, was quickly filled by a number of people from outside established foreign policy circles, many of whom appeared eager to portray themselves as access brokers or to generate business opportunities.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, did not find a criminal conspiracy by Mr. Trump or his campaign to influence the outcome of the election. But his report made clear how vigorously Mr. Putin sought to find points of contact and influence with Mr. Trump’s team — and how many people on the American side were willing to participate to one degree or another in discussions that touched on topics as varied as Mr. Trump’s desire to build a Moscow hotel to United States policy toward Ukraine.

It is not clear that the Russians had much, if any, success in influencing American policy through the back channels they established, although Mr. Trump’s comments often strike foreign policy experts as remarkably sympathetic to Mr. Putin. But the would-be influence peddlers in the United States and in Russia generally proceeded without much regard for the growing recognition that Moscow had just interfered in multiple ways with the American election and that any contacts outside established channels — especially those that mixed business and diplomacy — carried substantial political risks.

Angela E. Stent, a Georgetown University professor who recently wrote a book on Mr. Putin’s reign, said Mr. Trump’s willingness to tolerate informal interlocutors in the foreign policy field was “unlike any administration I have ever seen” but not unlike Mr. Putin’s own style.

The Trump White House, she said, is comfortable with “all these informal ways of doing business,” including giving a heightened role to family members and friends who are not required to disclose potential conflicts of interest or abide by government ethics rules. “That’s how the Russians like to operate,” she said.

According to the Mueller report, Mr. Putin wasted no time enlisting Russian oligarchs to carry the Kremlin’s message after Mr. Trump’s election. He convened an “all-hands” meeting of the country’s top oligarchs in December to discuss the risk of the United States imposing further sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the election.

One of those oligarchs, Petr Aven, who leads Alfa-Bank, Russia’s largest commercial bank, also met privately with Mr. Putin shortly after Mr. Trump’s election. He told the special counsel that the Russian president expected him to build inroads with the incoming administration, then repeatedly queried…

Redaction of Mueller Report Halted as Barr Passes Out from Sharpie Fumes

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The redaction of the Mueller report stalled on Monday after the Attorney General, William Barr, passed out from inhaling fumes from multiple Sharpie markers.

Barr, who had been working around the clock to redact the report before its release, reportedly lost consciousness while trying to black out a seventy-four-page section…

Meet the Man Behind Trump’s Biden Tweet

“CarpeDonktum”

Welcome to 2019, where it takes just 19 hours for a faked homemade video of Joe Biden to travel from the keyboard of a pseudonymous “memesmith” to the president of the United States.

The video, which splices footage from Mr. Biden’s recent apology for unwanted touching of several women with older footage of Mr. Biden, ricocheted around the pro-Trump corners of the internet. First on Twitter, then across Reddit forums, before getting picked up by White House director of social media Dan Scavino, Donald Trump Jr. and, finally, the president, who appended the caption “WELCOME BACK JOE!”

The video has been viewed 31 million times and counting and forced Mr. Biden to respond in a tweet, “I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always.”

Yep, a grainy, edited parody clip of the former vice president that’s made to look as if he’s kissing his own neck and creepily massaging himself will now be forever preserved by the Presidential Records Act. It’s a perfectly unbelievable and dispiriting artifact of our fractured and chaotic political media ecosystem, where politicking is conducted through viral memes and retweets.

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The entire event is at once silly, trivial, offensive and, thanks to Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, something we’re now begrudgingly made to pay attention to. The same goes for the video’s creator, a stay-at-home dad in his mid-30s, who goes by the pseudonym “CarpeDonktum.” As his handle indicates, the meme creator is purposefully outrageous and yet, seemingly now has an indirect line to the Oval Office. And his elevation — from a Kansas City keyboard warrior to right-wing internet fame as the president’s unofficial meme maker — is a telling example of how the internet has fully blurred the lines between meme posting and business of politics.

“It’s definitely an organic process,” CarpeDonktum told me over the phone shortly after Mr. Trump tweeted his video. “Dan Scavino follows me on Twitter, but there’s no formal relationship there between me and the president. If there’s something I want to make sure [Scavino] sees, I’ll wait for him to post a tweet and try to be the first to reply, linking to what I want to show.” He said that he doesn’t get paid for any of his videos (other than his Patreon crowdfunding account and occasional YouTube ad revenue) and has no relationships to outside politicians.

Back in February, Mr. Trump tweeted out a CarpeDonktum video, mocking liberal members of congress during the State of the Union speech. The video, set to the tune of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” was removed from the president’s account for copyright violations, sparking outrage in pro-Trump spheres over allegations of censorship. The controversy bolstered CarpeDonktum’s reputation among the #MAGA crowd.

“If a political campaign wanted to hire me to do viral marketing stuff for them, that could be interesting,” he mused. I asked if he’d work on a Trump 2020 campaign. “It depends on the specifics,” he said.

CarpeDonktum started…

5 things to know for March 4: Tornadoes, politics, Good Samaritan, Asia, Michael Jackson

A series of devastating tornadoes cut through Alabama Sunday night.
A series of devastating tornadoes cut through Alabama Sunday night.

(CNN)It’s a grim morning in Alabama after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes last night. So let’s get right to that and everything else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

At least 23 people were killed after a series of devastating tornadoes gashed through Alabama last night. Half of the deaths occurred just south of the city of Opelika. It’s the deadliest tornado outbreak in the US in five years and surpasses the death toll from all tornadoes in the country in 2018. The damage looked “as if someone had taken a blade and just scraped the ground,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. He said the path of destruction is about half a mile wide and runs for miles. The county was hit by back-to-back twisters within the span of about an hour, CNN Meteorologist Gene Norman said. Authorities will escalate search and rescue efforts this morning as they look for more survivors and victims.

Deadly tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Georgia
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House Democrats start ramping up their investigations of President Trump today. As part of that the House Judiciary Committee will request documents from more than 60 people — including Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told ABC News over the weekend that it’s time “to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”

Meanwhile it looks like there will be enough Republican votes in the Senate to oppose Trump’s national emergency declaration. Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul said he’d support the resolution of disapproval that’s already passed the House. The Dems had to have four GOP senators to join with them to get the resolution through the Senate, and Paul is the fourth GOP vote they needed. The vote in the Senate will come sometime in the next two weeks. If it passes, the resolution would go to the President for his signature, but Trump has already said he’d veto it. And it’s unlikely there are enough votes in either chamber to override his veto.

Nadler: Yes, I think Trump obstructed justice
Nadler: Yes, I think Trump obstructed justice 01:13

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be meeting up later this month to end the trade war between the two countries. The two sides are in final negotiations on a deal that would lower Chinese tariffs on US good as the US removes broad sanctions against China, the…