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'I Know What You're Doing!' MSNBC's Chris Mattews Lays Into Ex-Trump Aide for Pushing Nixon-Style Cover-Up of Russian Contacts

“The whole thing you’re doing smacks of something like John Dean and the Nixon cover-up," Matthews said.

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Monday tore into Michael Caputo, a former aide to then-candidate Donald Trump, for his and his ally Roger Stone's recent revelation that they had previously undisclosed contact with a Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Both Stone and Caputo had repeatedly denied such a meeting ever took place — potentially even under penalty of perjury — and they are now trying to spin the story by claiming it was a setup by the FBI.

"This whole thing that you're coming out with at this convenient time two years later, the whole thing you're doing smacks of something like John Dean and the Nixon cover-up," Matthews said of the excuses while interviewing Caputo Monday. "It smacks of bringing out information way late, two-years later at your convenience."

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"Why is this convenient for me?" Caputo show back.

"Because you're going to make the case that you were used!" Matthews said.

Caputo had no response for this argument, as it lays bare exactly what it appears he and stone are trying to do. Caputo said he thought they might be having difficulty with the audio system, and Matthews ended the interview.

"I know what you're doing!" Matthews said. "Good luck with your setup story."

Watch the clip below:

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