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Mueller shoots down conspiracy theory that he tipped off CNN to Roger Stone arrest

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office shot down a conspiracy theory that it tipped off CNN that Trump ally Roger Stone was about to be indicted.

In a filing with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, the special counsel’s office asked the court to deny a motion filed by Stone’s attorneys asking the special counsel to explain events that occurred surrounding the public release of Stone’s indictment.

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In their motion, Stone’s attorneys accused Mueller’s office of giving reporters a heads up that an indictment was imminent, even though CNN has said that it decided to conduct a stakeout at Stone’s house the morning of his arrest because of a swirl of grand jury activity that occurred the night before.

“The defendant… suggests (without evidence) that the government publicly released the indictment before the defendant’s arrest thereby ‘enabling news media to attend and witness Stone’s 6 a.m. arrest,'” the special counsel writes. “This argument is without merit. As set forth above, and as reflected in the defendant’s own exhibits, the indictment was not publicly released until after the defendant was arrested.”

Mueller’s office also argued that Stone had provided no evidence to contradict CNN’s account of how it pieced together that he might be getting arrested on January 25th.

Read the whole filing here.

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‘Grow a spine’: Florida columnist hammers Marco Rubio for being a Trump apologist

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Like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went from being a blistering critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 GOP presidential primary to being someone who rarely criticizes the president. And a columnist in Rubio’s back yard, Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times, lambasts the Florida Republican in a blistering opinion piece published with the headline, “Will Marco Rubio Ever Stand Up to Donald Trump?”

Denouncing Rubio as a “cowering apologist” for Trump, Ruth asserts, “You would think for the $174,000-a-year one gets for the part-time job of U.S. senator, every now and then Rubio might actually stand for something, anything, remotely resembling a principle. Too heavy a lift?”

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‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard slammed after attacking Clinton over ‘Russian asset’ claim

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'Unhinged and Disgraceful'

Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii launched an attack against her own party and her own party's most-recent presidential nominee late Friday afternoon, as reports grew that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia is grooming an unnamed but current 2020 presidential candidate, a woman, to run as a third-party candidate.

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Tulsi Gabbard goes to war with Hillary Clinton over ‘Russian asset’ allegation

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that she thinks Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is being “groomed” by Russia to run as a third-party candidate in 2020.

Clinton made the allegations during an interview with David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager. During the interview, Clinton alleged that Russia used 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein as an “asset” and suggested that Gabbard would play a similar role in the upcoming election without mentioning her name.

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