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Trump called Roger Stone after firing Comey despite saying they had ‘not spoken in a long time’

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President Donald Trump may have further complicated his legal defense with a phone call to Roger Stone, who is at the center of multiple investigations into potential Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin.

Ryan Lizza reported in The New Yorker that two sources with direct knowledge revealed President Trump called Roger Stone on the morning of May 11th.

“Why is the President still reaching out to figures in the middle of the Russia investigations?” Lizza asked. “Previous reports have noted that Trump has also been in touch with Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, two figures targeted by the F.B.I.’s Russia probe. Add Stone to the list of former top Trump aides who, despite being under investigation, are still winning attention from the President.”

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Stone’s alleged role in suggesting the White House fire FBI Director James Comey makes the call from President Trump look like a cover-up.

“Firing the F.B.I. director, according to several legal scholars, could be obstruction of justice. This made it worse,” The New Yorker concluded. “The President of the United States was not just talking to one of the subjects of the F.B.I. probe but also, if the CNN and Politico reports were accurate, colluding with Stone to terminate the head of the investigation.”

Roger Stone’s claims of a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is one of the multiple angles being investigated.

“Is it a coincidence that Roger Stone predicted that John Podesta would be a victim of a Russian hack and have his private e-mails published and did so even before Mr. Podesta himself was fully aware that his private e-mails would be exposed?” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-California) wondered at a March hearing.

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Former Obama White House ethics counsel Norman Eisen told The New Yorker, “Trump just added another item to the investigators’ checklist.”

Stone has publicly sparred with Jared Kushner, who is also under FBI scrutiny.

“Sources tell me the president’s son-in-law enjoys a very lively text exchange with Joe Scarborough, and that Scarborough’s repeated attacks on Steve Bannon, not to mention some of these attacks on the president, clearly are being manipulated by Jared Kushner,” Stone said in April. “Joe Scarborough is no friend of the president, he revels in passing fake news.”

Earlier this month, the FBI raided the Annapolis office of a Republican firm linked to Stone and Manafort.

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Both Roger Stone and Paul Manafort have turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Stone has had his Twitter account shut down twice so far in 2017.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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