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Mueller’s latest witness could bust Roger Stone for lying to ‘cover his tracks’: WSJ reporter

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The grand jury in the Russia probe on Friday will hear testimony from a new witness who could potentially damage Roger Stone, the Trump ally who has come under special counsel Robert Mueller’s spotlight in recent weeks.

Wall Street Journal reporter Shelby Holliday reports that talk show host Randy Credico, whom Stone has claimed was his personal back channel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is testifying before the grand jury, where he is expected to shed light on what he knows about Stone’s communications with Assange during the 2016 presidential election.

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Writing on Twitter, Holliday predicts that Credico will testify that he never served as an intermediary between Stone and Assange — and he’s got emails to back up his claims.

“Credico says he didn’t talk to or have a relationship with Assange until Assange first did his radio show on August 25, 2016,” she writes. “He has emails that lend credence to his claim. By that date, Stone had already made a number of claims of contact with Assange.”

Leaked emails have revealed that Stone in 2016 bragged to an associate of having dinner with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, shortly before Assange started releasing emails that were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Stone subsequently went on Alex Jones’ radio show in early August — before Assange had appeared on Credico’s radio show — and told him that Russia was going to drop leaked emails that it had obtained from Clinton that he predicted would be devastating to her campaign.

Despite boasting of his own contacts with Assange, Stone passed on a request to Credico in September 2016 to ask him to ask Assange about some specific details in hacked emails that he was poised to release.

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“Credico says nothing came of the email, and that he never passed the request along to Assange,” Holliday writes. “He has suggested that Stone was simply trying to cover his tracks.”

Read the full thread below.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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