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Trump ally Roger Stone denies colluding with Russia in House Intel statement

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Roger Stone denied in congressional testimony claims that he worked with Russian operatives to aid President Donald Trump’s election.

The longtime Trump associate and Republican political operative admitted he had been described as a “dirty trickster,” but he insisted that he had not colluded with foreign governments to hack the GOP’s opponents during last year’s campaign.

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“I do not engage in illegal activities on behalf of my clients or the causes in which I support,” Stone told lawmakers in an opening statement posted online by The Daily Caller. “There is one ‘trick’ that is not in my bag and that is treason.”

Emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign aides were published by WikiLeaks ahead of the election, and Trump promoted their theft and release — and backed claims about their contents made by state-owned Russian media outlets.

U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Russian president Vladimir Putin directed the theft as part of an effort to interfere with the presidential election.

Stone communicated with an alleged hacker, known as Guccifer 2.0, last year and appeared to know ahead of time about the contents of stolen emails before they were published by WikiLeaks.

He denied Guccifer 2.0 had links to Russia and insisted their communication was benign and, now, entirely public.

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Stone was called to testify Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, and he accused lawmakers of “cowardice” for keeping his testimony in a closed session.

(Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated that the opening statement was first published by WikiLeaks.)

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Mnuchin is trying to block the Biden White House from giving Americans unspent COVID-19 funds

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is part of the team of President Donald Trump's administration working to make life difficult for the incoming administration.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that there is about $455 billion in unspent funds from the CARES Act, which Congress passed to help Americans get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Mnuchin plans to place the money into the agency’s General Fund, a Treasury Department spokesperson said Tuesday. That fund can only be tapped with 'authority based on congressionally issued legislation," the report said, citing, the Treasury’s website.

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Ivanka and other advisors told Trump to ‘suck it up’ and allow the transition to proceed: report

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According to a new report from NBC News, President Trump's recent acceptance of a formal transition of power to the incoming Biden administration came after a meeting with his top advisers in the midst of growing pressure from Republicans and business leaders.

"The advisers argued that the combination of snowballing calls from Republicans in Congress to begin the transition, disastrous public appearances by attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell and mounting legal setbacks were creating a public relations problem — and that Trump needed to shift course to protect his brand,' as one ally put it," NBC News' Carol E. Lee, Peter Alexander and Hallie Jackson report.

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Wisconsin voters frustrated with GOP’s ‘ridiculous’ push to throw out votes: ‘I don’t understand what Republicans are thinking’

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Voters in Dane County, Wisconsin are confused by President Donald Trump and Republicans' efforts to toss legal ballots out in an effort to overturn the results of the election.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, voters have shared details about their voting experience for the 2020 general election along with their reactions to the post-election legal battle.

On Monday, election officials in Dane and Milwaukee counties — where recounts are currently underway — were expected to block the Trump campaign's efforts to throw out a "broad categories of ballots." Although the effort could end up in court, voters are displeased with the ordeal.

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