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Aug 3, 2018

This Week: Giuliani Maybe Breaks Some News; Manafort’s Trial Enrages Trump

“Nobody can be sure of anything,” the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said, kicking off a whirlwind CNN interview in which he claimed Trump didn’t know about the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting between members of his campaign and Russians. In the same interview, Giuliani appeared to claim that there were allegations of a second meeting, this one to plan for the Trump Tower meeting. This second meeting, he said, didn’t happen. Confusingly, no one seemed to be aware of this alleged second meeting in the first place. Giuliani later claimed he was trying to tamp down a New York Times story that was being reported. Trump declared on Twitter that “Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.” His anger may have been triggered in part by Paul Manafort’s first trial, for financial crimes, which began Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia. The fast-moving trial pits Manafort against his former protege, Rick Gates. Manfort’s lawyers allege that tax…

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