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Mueller's Charges Give Roger Stone a Publicity Boost - The Atlantic
The subjects of Robert Mueller’s investigation are cashing in.
“This is a criminal proceeding and not a public-relations campaign,” declared the federal judge presiding over Roger Stone’s arraignment last week. But the evidence indicates otherwise—and that’s one reason why the conspiracy theories Stone and others are promoting may prove so difficult to dispel.
Leaving the courthouse that day, Stone flung his arms out into a Nixonian V for victory—the second time he had made use of the former president’s signature gesture in recent weeks, after striking the pose on the steps of the federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, following his arrest. The Daily Caller—where Stone writes as the “men’s fashion correspondent”—soon uploaded a video of Stone providing winking advice on “how to dress for your arraignment.” Meanwhile, Stone has continued to make appearances on cable-news outlets from Fox News to CNN, and found time to sit down with his colleagues at the fringe website Infowars. He is selling T-shirts that read roger stone did nothing wrong! along with “Roger Stones” (pieces of rock with his signature on them), and aggressively soliciting donations for his legal-defense fund.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Public Opinion Of The Mueller Investigation Has Become More Partisan | FiveThirtyEight
It’s rare for Americans to agree on anything these days, particularly when it comes to a politically charged issue like special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But a CNN poll released last Thursday found that a whopping 87 percent of Americans (including 92 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans) believe that once the Mueller investigation ends, there should be a full public report on the findings, whatever they may be.

There is no guarantee that the findings of the investigation will ever be made public, and in the meantime, Mueller has remained famously silent about what he’s found. But even the dribbles of information that have come out through court filings have slowly driven Democrats and Republicans further apart. As you can see in the chart below, which tracks polls of Mueller’s favorability over the past two years,1 there has been a small increase in how favorably Americans overall view Robert Mueller (the purple line),2 but when you break it down by party, it’s clear that opinions about the special counsel have become more polarized.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Nancy Pelosi just threw the perfect shade at Trump over arrest of Roger Stone
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation tagged another big ticket name today with the arrest of Roger Stone, infamous Republican operative and advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign. Mueller has been looking into Stone’s clandestine communications with Wikileaks, a suspected outgrowth of the Russian intelligence apparatus and the organization responsible for releasing stolen DNC emails.
This new indictment, the most prominent to come down from Mueller’s office in some time, points towards the Trump campaign having knowledge of additional emails and it appears Stone was tasked by the campaign with obtaining them.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Pelosi Statement on Special Counsel Indictment and Arrest of Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone - Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller released a seven-count indictment of top Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone, for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction:
“The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people.  It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it.
“In the face of 37 indictments, the President’s continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially? Why has the Trump Administration continued to discuss pulling the U.S. out of NATO, which would be a massive victory for Putin?
“Lying to Congress and witness tampering constitute grave crimes.  All who commit these illegal acts should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.  We cannot allow any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from appearing before Congress. 
“The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House.”
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3 days ago by rgl7194
U.S. Opens Inquiry Into Handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Abuse Case - The New York Times
Given his well-documented history of disgusting comments about and intrusions on young women in states of undress at beauty pageants, I wouldn't be surprised if Trump is a co-conspirator.
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7 days ago by Membranophonist
Michael Cohen Will Talk Russia to Intelligence Committees - The Atlantic
He once felt he owed Trump his loyalty. Now he owes Congress an explanation.
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen lied to Congress about issues central to the Russia investigation out of “blind loyalty” to his longtime boss. But now the man who once said he would take a bullet for Trump plans to correct the record before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees—perhaps giving lawmakers more insight than they’ve ever had into the president’s dealings with Russia before and during the election.
Cohen’s much-hyped public testimony before a separate panel, the House Oversight Committee, was expected to be highly restricted to avoid interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, with which Cohen has been cooperating for several months. (Cohen postponed that hearing following attacks from the president and the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on his wife and father-in-law.) But the intelligence-committee hearings will be conducted behind closed doors, giving Cohen the opportunity to have a freer exchange with the members.
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Russians leaked Mueller investigation evidence online, prosecutors say | US news | The Guardian
More than 1,000 files shared confidentially appeared to have been uploaded to a filesharing site, according to court documents
Evidence gathered by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, was obtained by Russians and leaked online in an attempt to discredit his inquiry into Moscow’s interference in US politics, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
A court filing by Mueller’s office said more than 1,000 files that it shared confidentially with attorneys for indicted Russian hackers later appeared to have been uploaded to a filesharing site and promoted by a Twitter account.
“We’ve got access to the Special Counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case,” a tweet from the account said. “You can view all the files Mueller had about the IRA and Russian collusion. Enjoy the reading!”
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Mueller says Russians are altering evidence from special counsel’s investigation to discredit the probe | The Independent
Documents were allegedly altered and then leaked online
Russians have obtained evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Moscow’s interference in US politics and altered it in a bid to discredit the probe, federal prosecutors have claimed. 
The files were shared with attorneys working for Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian company that allegedly funded hacking operations by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), they said in a court filing.
The sharing evidence and documents between prosecutors and defence lawyer as part of routine discovery is common legal practice. 
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Robert Mueller: America's most mysterious public figure - BBC News
He seldom gives interviews and is rarely seen in public. Yet Robert Mueller, the man leading the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, is one of the most talked about people in America.
His critics accuse him of spearheading a plot to bring down the president. His supporters say he is a tireless public servant fighting to uncover the truth. But through all the noise he has continued to shun the spotlight.
So who is the man behind the headlines?
FBI Agent Lauren C Anderson was investigating a murder in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, when she received an urgent phone call.
The voice on the other end told her that Robert Mueller, who had been appointed FBI director two years earlier in 2001, was trying to get hold of her.
"It surprised the heck out of me," she tells the BBC. "I'm thinking, what could possibly be going on here that he needs to know about?"
A few weeks earlier, she had been on a bus in Paris when a man suffered a heart attack. He later died, but she jumped over several rows of seats to give him CPR and, when the medics arrived, consoled his wife on a nearby street corner.
In Gabon, she put the phone to her ear, apprehensively, and heard Mr Mueller's voice.
"I heard that you worked to save somebody's life," he said. "Thank you."
It's a memory that Ms Anderson says reveals something significant about his character.
"He took the time out of his day, at a time when there was utter chaos happening in the world, to talk to me and to make that phone call.
"He takes seriously when people do the right thing. That's what matters to him."
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Has everyone renewed their monthly auto-draft donation to the for this year? is gutted by 45 and…
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15 days ago by andriak
5 Scenarios For How Mueller’s Investigation Could End | FiveThirtyEight
We don’t know how or when special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will end. It could wrap up in a few weeks or many months and could play out in several ways.
There might be a political bombshell, like a revelation that President Trump’s 2016 campaign was involved with election interference. Or it could fizzle out, with no additional major revelations and no evidence of wrongdoing by Trump. With the help of legal experts, I’ve spun out five plausible scenarios for how the special counsel’s investigation might conclude. Each carries different amounts of legal and political risk for Trump. Let’s start with the scenario that would be most harmful to Trump.
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19 days ago by rgl7194
Roger Stone Charges - READ Indictment | Law & Crime
Long-time political operative and former Donald Trump associate Roger Stone was arrested in dramatic fashion early Friday morning. An indictment released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office accused Stone of being involved in the the release of hacked emails from the Clinton campaign, and then lying about it. Among the charges are one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.
Here are the top takeaways from the indictment.
1. Obstruction
The indictment alleges that Stone “took steps to obstruct” investigations by the FBI and congressional bodies into Russian election interference. This includes allegedly lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his contact with “Organization 1,” which appears to be WikiLeaks, as well as falsely having evidence of his interactions with them. The indictment also says that Stone tried to get another witness to give false information and withhold evidence.
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20 days ago by rgl7194
Former Federal Prosecutor thinks Stone will fold to Mueller ‘like a lawn chair’
On Friday, President Trump caved on the shutdown, reopening the government without getting a single penny for his wall. Former Federal Prosecutor Glenn Kirschner joined Hardball to give his thoughts on the latest developments.
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20 days ago by rgl7194
The Roger Stone indictment shows a conspiratorial comedy of Opsec errors | Ars Technica
Allegations show eagerness to connect with Assange along with some really bad covering up.
Former Trump advisor and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone—the man with a Richard Nixon tattoo on his back and a penchant for playing the evil genius—was arrested early on January 25 by a swarm of tactically equipped (and unpaid) FBI agents. The charges against him, in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, include witness tampering, obstruction of a Congressional investigation, and six counts of making false statements to Congress.
Stone had previously played up his connections with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange repeatedly. The advisor allegedly concealed the nature of those communications with WikiLeaks, lied about who acted as his intermediary, and made Godfather II references in his messages urging radio host Randy Credico—one of his go-betweens to Assange—not to contradict details of his testimony.
The evidence listed against him in the indictment includes emails, text messages, and other communications—communications that contradict Stone's contention to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that all his communications were over the phone and with only one individual. This evidence also shows Stone attempting to cajole and intimidate Randy Credico by threatening to take away his therapy dog and have his lawyers "rip you to shreds." At one point, Stone allegedly even texted Credico, "Prepare to die [expletive]."
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20 days ago by rgl7194
Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project
Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin. Update: The office of the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News’ report.
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.
Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.
And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.
A spokesperson for special counsel Robert Mueller's office, Peter Carr, disputed aspects of BuzzFeed News’ report.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Carr said.
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21 days ago by rgl7194
BuzzFeed’s Cohen Scoop Disputed by Mueller: What We Know
Did BuzzFeed News commit one of the worst journalistic blunders of the past decade, falsely accusing the sitting president of an impeachable offense?
The answer to this new question hanging over the Trump-Russia investigation might not be so simple. Last week, after the outlet published what seemed like one of the biggest scoops of the Trump era — saying Donald Trump had urged his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, and that Cohen had reported this to the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — Mueller’s office issued a brief public statement saying BuzzFeed had gotten parts of the story wrong. It was clear the report had hit a sensitive spot because this was the first time that Mueller’s team had said anything to the press in almost 20 months.
Instead of issuing a correction, BuzzFeed’s reporters said they received further confirmation over the weekend that their reporting was accurate. “This is going to be borne out,” one of the two reporters, Anthony Cormier, told CNN on Sunday. “This story is accurate.” But no other journalists have been able to verify the story independently.
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21 days ago by rgl7194
Roger Stone Was an Easy Target for Robert Mueller - The Atlantic
The longtime Trump adviser’s attention-seeking ways made him an easy target for Robert Mueller.
Roger Stone opened the door early Friday morning to a group of gun-toting FBI agents and a seven-count federal indictment—the latest arrest in the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Robert Mueller’s chatty, informative indictment underscores Stone’s fierce loyalty to Donald Trump, and proves a larger point, too: Character is destiny. Roger Stone’s downfall is the logical conclusion of continuing to act like Roger Stone.
Stone is perfectly suited for the age of clickbait. He’s got a flamboyant wardrobe, a Nixon tattoo, and a flair for getting people to laugh at him. He has a brand: truculent and unjustified self-confidence, meandering trash-talking, and a penchant for lashing out at perceived enemies. These things make him a reliable eye-catcher. Nobody ever changed the channel when Stone was trying to talk himself out of trouble. But these same qualities make Stone and people like him easy targets for a ruthless prosecutor. The indictment depicts Stone acting in private more or less the way he acts in public. The special counsel has charged Stone with  five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstructing a House intelligence probe into Russian interference.
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21 days ago by rgl7194

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