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Trump discussed WikiLeaks dumps with Roger Stone — and bragged more were coming: Rick Gates

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A key witness in Roger Stone’s trial gave a first-hand account of President Donald Trump discussing WikiLeaks dumps with Roger Stone.

Rick Gates, who served as Trump’s deputy campaign chairman and is a longtime associate of the imprisoned Paul Manafort, testified Tuesday that he heard the Republican nominee discuss WikiLeaks disclosures of stolen emails with Stone in a phone call during a car ride.

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Stone, a longtime Trump associate and GOP operative, is standing trial on charges of obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as part of the probe of Russian interference in the election.

Gates, who has accepted a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors, told jurors that Trump promised after hanging up with Stone that more information would be coming from WikiLeaks.

In written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller, the president insisted that he did not recall discussing the release of those stolen emails with Stone.

“I do not recall being told during the campaign that Roger Stone or anyone associated with my campaign had discussions with any of the entities named in the question regarding the content or timing of release of hacked emails,” Trump wrote. “I spoke by telephone with Roger Stone from time to time during the campaign. I have no recollection of the specifics of any conversations I had with Mr. Stone between June 1, 2016, and November 8, 2016.”

“I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with him,” he added, “nor do I recall being aware of Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign, although I was aware that WikiLeaks was the subject of media reporting and campaign-related discussion at the time.”

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WikiLeaks published numerous emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee, and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified the hackers as Russian government operatives.

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Trump lawyers ‘opened the door’ for him to testify — here are the questions George Conway would ask

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway took to the pages of The Washington Post to lay out the case for why President Donald Trump should testify in his impeachment trial.

"There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president’s defenders, isn’t Biden. No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling him has been established by an argument advanced by the president’s own lawyers," Conway wrote.

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Kellyanne Conway storms out of briefing room after reporters call on her to answer Jim Acosta’s question

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While White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham refuses to hold press briefings, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has been willing to talk to the press. That is unless the press asks questions she doesn't want to answer.

Such was the case Friday when Conway came to the briefing room to answer questions by reporters. When CNN's Jim Acosta asked if the White House was holding back evidence on Ukraine, Conway was annoyed. She started to lecture Acosta.

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Playboy reporter Brian Karem backed up Acosta.

"It's a simple question," he said.

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‘Insane’ new Trump recording raises questions about Bill Barr’s role in the Ukraine scandal: columnist

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According to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, while Donald Trump has seemed impervious to past scandals, a "damning new audio recording" that reportedly features Trump telling his associates that he wants then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired could be a significant development in Democrats' impeachment effort against him.

The recording reviewed by ABC News reportedly features Trump saying “Get rid of her!” in reference to Yovanovitch.

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