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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.

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“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.

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.

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“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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Justice Dept prosecutors fear more Trump chaos and interference despite Barr rebuke of president: report

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According to a report at the New York Times, career Justice Department officials are bracing for more chaos and disarray caused by President Donald Trump despite what many think was Attorney General Bill Barr's insincere rebuke of the president for tweeting about pending cases.

According to the report, many within the Justice Department fear the president and his associates will either come after them or try to interfere with their work and believe that Barr will look the other way.

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Buttigieg blasts Trump ally: ‘I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

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C-SPAN caller scorched by Muslim comedian for ignoring Jesus after she rants ‘gays are abomination to God’

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Comedian Dean Obeidallah, who is Muslim, told a C-SPAN caller that Republicans are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ even though they may oppose abortion and other policies advocated by evangelicals.

"I am independent," Pam, who called from Arkansas, told Obeidallah. "I vote according to my conscience of who would Jesus vote for if he were here on Earth. And he would not vote a group of people who believe in murdering children in the womb, on gays, which is an abomination to God, on false gods from other countries."

Obeidallah replied with a lesson on the Christian savior.

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