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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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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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