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Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter

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Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.

But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.

“What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?” MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. “Does he look like he’s going down?”

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“He does,” Dilanian replied.

“And also, physically, he doesn’t look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around,” he continued. “He doesn’t look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona.”

“That’s perhaps that’s because the evidence, Chris, is overwhelming. He really doesn’t have much of a defense except, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter’ or ‘Don’t take Stone too seriously, he didn’t know what he was saying, he didn’t have criminal intent.’ But the prosecutors have him dead to rights, they have documents that refute his testimony,” Dilanian explained.

“But the most interesting part of this trial, Chris, is how the prosecutors made Donald Trump a character and they made clear — even though they go to work every day with Donald Trump’s portrait on their wall — they made clear what’s at issue in this trial is bad conduct by Donald Trump’s campaign that Roger Stone lied to cover up. They said over and over again the reason Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee is because the truth would look bad for his long-time associate Donald Trump.”

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Stunning shift as Amy Klobuchar ‘tones things down’ after Ted Cruz rants about ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ at IG hearing

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loudly and angrily bashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his time to speak during Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cruz ended his speech with two cultural references from the last century, citing fictional spy Jason Bourne who was first introduced by novelist Robert Ludlum in 1980 and Mike Judge's characters Beavis and Butt-head from the TV show of the same name that debuted in 1993.

"This wasn't Jason Bourne, this was Beavis and Butt-head," Cruz argued.

Cruz was followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who quickly shifted away from such a style of interrogation.

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Indicted Giuliani henchmen tried to broker Ukrainian gas deal at Trump’s DC hotel: report

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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who were indicted on election fraud charges earlier this year, reportedly tried to broker a major deal with the CEO of Ukraine’s state-owned natural gas company at President Donald Trump's flagship hotel in Washington D.C.

Vice reports that the two men pitched Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev on a deal to export natural gas from the United States to Ukraine at the Trump International Hotel in Washington shortly after former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was recalled after being targeted with a smear campaign.

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Watchdog report offers enemies a ‘roadmap’ of US sources and methods: Ex-intel officials

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The Justice Department's inspector general report contains few redactions, and intelligence veterans worry that could allow hostile spies to examine U.S. sources and methods for gathering secret information.

President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr broad authority on declassifying information, and he apparently kept a light hand in blacking out portions of the 476-page report examining the origins of the Russia probe, reported Politico.

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