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House Dems seek ‘criminal referral’ against Roger Stone so Mueller can see his hidden testimony

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is considering issuing a “criminal referral” of one or more witnesses for potentially committing perjury while testifying behind closed doors,” Mother Jones reported Friday.

“We’re gonna be going through the transcripts and analyzing them for any concerns we have with the greater body of information we have,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) revealed. “We’ll discuss it with the majority and ask whether they’ll join us in a referral, or, if we think one is warranted, then we reserve the right to make a referral even if they don’t.”

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A source “close to the committee” told Mother Jones that such criminal referrals could be directed to the Department of Justice and/or special counsel Robert Mueller.

Concerns of perjury are said to involve three witnesses interviewed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, mercenary mogul Erik Prince and longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone.

Minority Democrats are unable to issue charges themselves, and criminal referrals can be made by any individual. But Schiff revealed in the interview that they are looking how false testimony before Congress fits into the larger picture of the multiple investigations into Trump.

Schiff said he was “not sure that any referral is necessary” in the cases of Page and Prince, since their testimony has already been made public — meaning special counsel Mueller already has access to the transcripts.

Stone’s testimony has not been made public, putting him at the top of the list. And the list may grow.

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“As additional things come to light, if there are reports of witnesses saying things that are inconsistent with what has been said to the committee, that list could grow,” Schiff warned.


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Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021

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There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.

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‘Deranged’ Trump pummeled for lying that ‘practicing Catholic’ Joe Biden will ‘hurt God’

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President Donald Trump used a supposedly non-political event Thursday afternoon to attack his Democratic opponent with a lie, saying former Vice President Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected.

In the strange pronouncement on the tarmac in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump falsely claimed that Biden will "take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy."

A completely deranged Trump claims Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected president pic.twitter.com/cJ8fbghmAm

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Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains when you’ll see Trump get indicted

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston appeared Thursday on CNN, where he explained when he believed President Donald Trump would be indicted.

After receiving a subpoena from New York prosecutors last year, Deutsche Bank reportedly handed over detailed records about their dealings with Trump, according to the New York Times. The subpoena indicates that the investigation of Trump's family business is more expansive than previously thought.

"Prosecutors already have the basic tax information on Donald Trump. Your state tax return is virtually identical to your federal return, and the IRS shares tax information with the state," Johnston explained to CNN host Brianna Keilar.

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