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Roger Stone: Former CIA Director John Brennan must be ‘convicted and hung for treason’

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Roger Stone, the longtime associate and informal adviser to President Donald Trump who faces federal charges of obstruction, witness-tampering and false statements, roused controversy Sunday when he shared a photograph on his Instagram account, which appeared to state former CIA director John Brennan should be hanged for alleged treason.

“This psycho must be charged, tried, and convicted and hung for treason,” Stone reportedly wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, which also featured a picture of Brennan. The Brennan Instagram story was first reported on Twitter by CNN’s Brian Stelter.

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Stone posted a similar message to his Instagram account @rogerstonejr last week, but he did not say Brennan should be hanged. The earlier post, shown below, states: “Wanted for TREASON: CIA Director John Brennan.” The post remained up on Instagram as of Monday morning.

Stone is under a gag order as he awaits a federal trial on charges related to witness tampering and his attempts to learn about releases of a trove of damaging emails stolen from Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign. He previously posted a picture to his Instagram account, which appeared to show U.S. District Judge Amy Berman’s face near the crosshairs of a gun — a move that resulted in the judge threatening to jail him if he violated the gag order against him.

Stone was charged by the Justice Department in late January for lying to congressional investigators about his alleged attempts to find out when potentially damaging emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign would be published by Julian Assange, the publisher of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks whom Stone previously called “my hero.” Russian intelligence agents hacked Democrats and their email accounts and then shared the documents with WikiLeaks, which published them during the final months of the 2016 election, according to prosecutors. He also faces charges of obstruction of an official proceeding and witness tampering. Stone has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

After Stone was indicted, Trump came to his defense by asking why Brennan was not also charged for allegedly lying to Congress. Brennan served under Obama until January 2017. Trump revoked his security clearance last August after the White House alleged he had lied to lawmakers.

Stone has repeatedly denied any contact with Russia or WikiLeaks. He has claimed that he had no prior knowledge that WikiLeaks had hacked Democrats’ emails and would release them ahead of the election, saying the predictions he made about the group’s plans were based on Assange’s public remarks and tips from associates with inside knowledge. In sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee last year, Stone said he did not intend to suggest he had communicated directly with Assange. WikiLeaks and Assange have also said they never communicated with Stone.

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WikiLeaks made two separate email dumps during the heated 2016 race that altered the trajectory of the presidential election. In July, former special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in a sustained effort to hack the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the weeks ahead of the 2016 election. The damaging emails were released by WikiLeaks. At the time, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed the hackers created false online personas, DC Leaks and Guccifer 2.0, in an attempt to disguise the Russian origins of their work. After the election, Stone admitted exchanging direct but benign messages with Guccifer 2.0 over Twitter.

Stone was the 34th person charged by Mueller in his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether the president obstructed justice. Of those people, Mueller had secured guilty pleas from six Trump associates or advisers, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafortformer deputy campaign manager Rick Gatesformer national security adviser Michael Flynnformer Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.


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Trump Jr. blasted for dragging Barron Trump into 2020 campaign: ‘You are messing up his mind’

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Tuesday dragged his 14-year-old half brother Barron into the 2020 presidential campaign -- and it did not end well.

Barron is the son of first lady Melania Trump from the president's third marriage, while junior's mother is Ivana, from the president's first marriage.

"In all fairness, Joe Biden is not capable of debating Barron Trump let alone Donald Trump," Trump, Jr. tweeted.

He was quickly blasted for bringing a minor into a presidential race.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1283190894401859584

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Jeff Sessions ridiculed after losing GOP primary for his old Senate seat in Alabama

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Former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) attempted a political comeback by running in the GOP primary for the Senate seat he long held.

Sessions resigned the seat to serve as President Donald Trump's attorney general, before the two had a falling out.

"On Tuesday, Mr. Sessions lost the Alabama Senate Republican runoff election to Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach whose platform was largely a blanket promise to support the president at all times," The New York Times reports. The Daily Beast also projected that Tuberville had won.

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Senior Trump advisor says a senior White House advisor ‘has been wrong about everything’

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On Tuesday, in an op-ed for USA TODAY, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro attacked the nation's foremost infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, claiming that he "has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on."

"In late January, when I was making the case on behalf of the president to take down the flights from China, Fauci fought against the president’s courageous decision — which might well have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives," wrote Navarro. "When I warned in late January in a memo of a possibly deadly pandemic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was telling the news media not to worry."

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