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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.”

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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