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Roger Stone’s defense blows up in court — thanks to Devin Nunes

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Roger Stone appeared in court ahead of his trial on charges of witness tampering, obstruction and lying.

The longtime associate of President Donald Trump has challenged his prosecution as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which accused him of lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign’s use of emails stolen by Russian hackers and dumped online by WikiLeaks.

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Stone’s attorneys argued Thursday morning in federal court that lying charges should be thrown out because Congress did not make a formal criminal referral, reported Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who Stone’s attorneys have tried to get removed from the case, asked defense attorneys for a legal authority to back their claims, but attorney Robert Buschel admitted he couldn’t find a specific case to support his argument.

Jackson told Stone’s attorney’s she didn’t understand their claims about separation of powers when Congress doesn’t require a criminal referral to prosecute someone for lying to lawmakers, and then the defense arguments fell apart.

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The judge pointed out that former House Intelligence Committee chairman and Trump ally Devin Nunes (R-CA) had given the special counsel the entire Stone transcript with “no restrictions,” but Buschel insisted that didn’t give Mueller the authority to indict on perjury before Congress.

But Jackson was unmoved by his argument: “They gave it to a prosecutor.”

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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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