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Roger Stone offers cringe-worthy excuse for telling Mueller witness to lie to Congress

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In a lengthy profile written by the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, Trump ally Roger Stone tried to explain messages sent to talk show host Randy Credico in which he allegedly encouraged him to lie to investigators.

In messages revealed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Stone last month, the longtime GOP dirty trickster repeatedly told Credico to “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli'” before the House Intelligence Committee, a reference to a character in “The Godfather Part II” who blatantly lied to Congress about his relationship with the Corleone crime family.

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Stone, however, denies that he encouraged Credico to perjure himself and was instead telling Credico to do an impersonation of the “Godfather” character as a homage to his days as a stand-up comedian.

“This is all wrong — Randy is an impressionist,” Stone told Toobin. “He does impressions. I was asking him to do his Frank Pentangeli impression. I wasn’t telling Randy to lie.”

Stone’s request to Credico isn’t the only evidence that Mueller has presented of alleged witness tampering. In other messages sent to Credico, Stone threatened to take away the talk-show host’s therapy dog while also telling him, “Prepare to die” if he gave testimony that contradicted testimony given by Stone.


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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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