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GOP strategist: Mueller’s latest indictments show Roger Stone may have flipped on Trump

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Amid the fallout from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for the hack of the DNC’s email server, one GOP strategist read between the lines.

Mic’s Emily Singer noted on Twitter that although the indictment didn’t name him, one part of the document references communications between Russian intel “conspirators” — posing as a hacker named Guccifer 2.0 — and Donald Trump’s friend and confidante Roger Stone. Stone admitted to communicating with “Guccifer 2.0” and characterized them as “innocuous.”

In a tweet quoting Singer’s post, GOP strategist Rick Wilson mused that he’s “starting to think Roger may have rolled over.”

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In a statement to CNN, Stone appeared to both admit that his exchange with the Russians masquerading as Guccifer 2.0 were included in the Mueller indictments while also claiming that he doesn’t believe he was the “person who was in regular contact with senior members” described in them.

“I don’t think it is me because I wasn’t in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign,” Stone told CNN in a phone interview after the indictments were made public. “Look, Rosenstein said in his comments that they knew of no crime by US citizens. They included my exchange with Guccifer which is now public, in the indictment. And it’s benign. So I don’t know that it refers to me.”

“My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump. I was not in regular contact with campaign officials,” he continued, adding that “based on timing, content and context, [the messages are] benign.”

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“They certainly don’t provide any evidence of collaboration or collusion,” Stone concluded.


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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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