DNC official on party's future: 'We are going to be not going to jail'
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A Democratic official on Wednesday quipped his party will be the one “not going to jail” during a back-and-forth discussion with a Republican strategist that came soon after the arrest of a GOP lawmaker.

Michael Blake, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, made the comments on Fox News Channel’s "America’s Newsroom" after GOP strategist Brad Blakeman questioned the identity of the Democratic Party following Tuesday's primary results.

“Who are you? Who are you going to be?” Blakeman asked. “Are you going to be Socialist Democrats? Which apparently a significant part of your candidate base seems to be pointing to. What are you going to be?”

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“We are going to be not going to jail,” Blake said in response. “We’re going to be avoiding trial, the way you’ve had Gates and Manafort and now Collins.”

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMany Americans 'just don't care that much' about Trump investigations, says pollster Overwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Trump seizes on poll that shows half agree Mueller investigation is a 'witch hunt' MORE is currently on trial for alleged financial crimes related to his work for pro-Russia officials in Ukraine. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s prosecution team says Manafort hid millions of dollars from the IRS, and his longtime business associate Richard Gates is the prosecution’s star witness.

As part of a deal with the Justice Department, Gates pleaded guilty earlier this year to reduced charges of conspiring against the U.S. and making a false statement to federal officials.

Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsThe 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions Don’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall MORE (N.Y.), a top ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE, was arrested Wednesday and charged with insider trading.