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White House uses anonymous spokesperson to contradict Brennan testimony and decry anonymous leaks

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The Trump administration on Tuesday used an anonymous spokesperson in its official response to John Brennan’s testimony before Congress. After pushing back on the former former CIA director’s statement, the anonymous spokesperson attacked “the leaks of classified information,” which are typically delivers by anonymous sources.

“This morning’s hearings back up what we’ve been saying all along: that despite a year of investigation, there is still no evidence of any Russia Trump campaign collusion, that the President never jeopardized intelligence sources or sharing, and that even Obama’s CIA Director believes the leaks of classified information are ‘appalling’ and the culprits must be ‘tracked down,’” the statement read. That statement was attributable to an unnamed “White House spokesman.”

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It marks the second time in two days the White House has used an anonymous official to condemn anonymous sources. Monday, the White House denied a bombshell report in the Washington Post that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael S. Rogers to push back against former FBI Director James Comey’s March 20 testimony revealing the bureau is investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. That Washington Post report relied on two current and two former officials who spoke under the condition of anonymity.

“The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on leaks from anonymous individuals,” an unnamed spokesman told the Post.

Officials in Trump’s orbit, and the president himself, have pushed back on a series of damaging reports about the president’s attempts to quash the multiple ongoing investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz—who famously provided cover for Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower (a highly controversial that was similarly exposed through leaks)—told Fox News on Sunday that leakers should be handcuffed and thrown in jail.

Trump himself leaked highly classified information to the Russian ambassador and Russian foreign minister during a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month. The president later revealed the source of that information while attempting to refute the validity of those leaks.

The White House has tried in vain to stop the leaks. Earlier this month, Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “lectured” staffers about leaking information to the media. That lecture was immediately leaked.

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WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months

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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.

At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.

Watch the video below.

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‘Beg to be tried as a white man’: Disgust follows Roger Stone’s light sentence — while people of color sit in jail for less

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson was the target of serious attacks by President Donald Trump's supporters and Roger Stone himself. When the Justice Department encouraged seven to nine years in prison for Stone, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr freaked out, rewriting the sentencing memo that was ultimately ignored by the new prosecutors.

But Stone wasn't given the hefty sentence that Trump and his followers assumed Stone would get. Instead, he got a fairly light sentence of just over three years.

Leading up to the sentence, Berman Jackson was blasted on Twitter. So, it's unclear how Trump and his followers will manage to attack the judge for the sentence. Some still managed to do it, saying Stone shouldn't have been sentenced to any time at all.

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Trump supporter made death threat to whistleblower’s lawyer one day after president targeted him at rally: feds

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A Trump supporter has been charged with making death threats to Mark Zaid, an attorney who represents the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump over his efforts to extort the Ukrainian government.

Politico reports that Michigan resident Brittan J. Atkinson emailed a violent threat to Zaid just one day after the president held up the attorney's photo at one of his rallies and read some of his tweets.

“All traitors must die miserable deaths,” Atkinson allegedly wrote in the email, which was sent on November 7th. “Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate. We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it. Keep looking over your shoulder. We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with. We are all strangers in a crowd to you.”

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