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Watch Mueller’s former assistant make fun of Roger Stone for pleading the Fifth while claiming he did nothing wrong

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A former assistant to now-special counsel Robert Mueller during his time at the Justice Department’s criminal division suggested Thursday that Trump ally Roger Stone’s pleading of the Fifth Amendment smells sort of fishy.

“I have elected to invoke my Fifth Amendment rights when it comes to the witch-hunt being conducted by the Senate Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary committees,” Stone said in a recorded statement earlier in the day. “Just for the record, I informed through my attorneys both of those committees that I would not be turning over three tractor-trailer loads of documents for them to root through, and I will not testify unless I am allowed to testify in public so the American people can hear every word.”

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Mueller’s former assistant Michael Zeldin agreed with host Wolf Blitzer that Stone is striking a “defiant” stance — but is confused as to why.

“He has been pretty defiant all along,” Zeldin noted. “Of course, his defiance has been that he has done absolutely nothing wrong. So it’s not easy to understand as to what he is asserting Fifth Amendment rights to.”

Stone’s gambit, the ex-DOJ official said, will stand “up until the time that Mueller decides whether or not to indict him or not indict him.”

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Can it happen here? Bill Moyers says it’s happening right before our very eyes

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At 98, historian Bernard Weisberger has seen it all. Born in 1922, he grew up watching newsreels of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler as they rose to power in Europe. He vividly remembers Mussolini posturing to crowds from his balcony in Rome, chin outthrust, right arm extended. Nor has he forgotten Der Fuehrer’s raspy voice on radio, interrupted by cheers of “Heil Hitler,” full of menace even without pictures.

Fascist bullies and threats anger Bernie, and when America went to war to confront them, he interrupted his study of history to help make history by joining the army. He yearned to be an aviator but his eyesight was too poor. So he took a special course in Japanese at Columbia University and was sent as a translator to the China-Burma-India theater where Japanese warlords were out to conquer Asia. Bernie remembers them, too.

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Republicans fear Trump’s boast the economy is roaring back will blow up in his face before the election: report

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Republican campaign consultants and advisers are hoping Donald Trump will tone down his boasting that the economy will quickly come roaring back as businesses begin re-opening due to COVID-19 concerns.

With the White House preparing a "recovery summer" roll-out that will tout the economic recovery as a way to reverse the president's collapsing poll numbers, some GOP officials worry Trump's words could come back to haunt him in November.

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‘Bye Felicia’: Sheriff says Buffalo cops resigning from emergency unit should be booted from the force

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On MSNBC Saturday, Philadelphia County Sheriff Rochelle Bilal laid into the Buffalo police officers who resigned from the emergency unit, allegedly to protest the disciplinary action against two cops who shoved an elderly man to the ground.

"As far as those officers resigning out of protest, I would say to that, Bye Felicia, because they should go," said Bilal. "Because if they didn't see anything wrong with that, then they shouldn't have been on the force from the beginning. We are not run by a Gestapo type of community. This has been going on for decades. So at this point now, we should be fighting for those who want to be on this job to treat people fairly and for those who don't, say bye. Get them out of here, those of us who want to do this job right want them gone anyway."

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