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John Podesta gets sweet revenge on Roger Stone — and declares it’s his ‘time in the barrel headed over Niagara Falls’

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In August 2016, Trump ally Roger Stone declared that “it will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel,” a reference to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, whose emails had been hacked and delivered to WikiLeaks.

Within weeks, WikiLeaks began publishing Podesta’s emails in batches on a weekly basis in a move designed to damage the Clinton campaign heading into the 2016 presidential election.

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Stone’s boast about Podesta has raised eyebrows because WikiLeaks had not publicly announced at that point that it had obtained Podesta’s stolen emails.

Now that Stone has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to investigators about his efforts to get into contact with WikiLeaks about the Podesta emails, Podesta himself took to Twitter on Friday to relish in his former tormentor’s downfall.

“Rogers’s time in the barrel,” Podesta wrote. “And it’s headed over Niagara Falls.”

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In another tweet, Podesta also mocked Stone for telling CNN earlier in the week that he feared being indicted by Mueller every week when Friday rolled around.

“Stone’s expectations met!” he wrote. “Doubt he’s happy about it.”

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Trump’s anti-corruption defense blown away by State Department official in newly released testimony

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President Donald Trump's contention that his efforts to get dirt on the family of former Vice President Joe Biden were part of an anti-corruption focus was undermined by testimony that was released by Congress on Monday.

The testimony was released by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the acting chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, both advisors to Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy, testified before the Committees about concerns they had with efforts to press Ukraine into announcing specific investigations which would help President Trump politically," the three chairpeople said in a joint statement. "Ms. Croft also testified that Ukrainian officials approached her quietly about the hold on security assistance in the July or August timeframe, before the hold had been made public.”

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Volker’s deputy told Congress Ukrainians found out Trump froze their military aid ‘very early on’ — before the public knew: report

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According to transcripts released on Monday by House investigators, Catherine Croft, a special adviser for Ukraine and deputy to Kurt Volker, testified that Ukrainian officials became aware of President Donald Trump's decision to freeze military aide appropriated by Congress "very early on" — and long before the public became aware of the delay.

Croft, according to the transcript, told the House that Ukrainian officials "approached me quietly and in confidence to ask me about an [Office of Management and Budget] hold on Ukraine security assistance," and that she was taken aback by how quickly they became aware of it.

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Deval Patrick considering a last-minute presidential bid: report

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Yet another Democrat is considering a late entry into the 2020 presidential campaign.

"Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has told Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to two Democrats with knowledge of the conversations, the latest evidence of how unsettled the party’s presidential primary is less than three months before the Iowa caucuses," The New York Times reported Monday.

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