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Roger Stone tapped failed stand-up comedian turned radio DJ for info from Assange: report

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Roger Stone, the notorious GOP operative and Trump campaign advisor, tried to dig up damaging material about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, reports the Wall Street Journal.

In emails obtained by the WSJ, Stone asked New York radio host Randy Credico, who’d just interviewed Assange, for information about Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

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“Please ask Assange for any State or HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30–particularly on August 20, 2011,” Stone wrote to Credico.

When Credico directed Stone to the public Wikileaks website, Stone replied “Why do we assume WikiLeaks has released everything they have ???”

Credico says he assured Stone he would pass on his request to the right people, because he wanted Stone to leave him alone, but he claims he never followed through. He said he owed Stone a favor for connecting him with libertarian Gary Johnson.

The emails suggest that Stone wasn’t fully forthcoming when he testified before the House Intelligence Committee—he testified he’d merely wanted confirmation that Assange had info about Clinton. The new revelations make it more likely that Stone will be indicted.

In a recent interview, Stone told Rolling Stone that he wasn’t worried about the investigation.

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“We know that a federal prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich,” he told the magazine.


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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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