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Ex-Trump adviser launches attack on Roger Stone’s jury forewoman — then dares her to sue him

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On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Weekends,” former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg went off on a rant attacking the jury forewoman in Roger Stone’s trial, accusing her of being a liar and daring her to sue him.

“That trial, I had problems with it,” said Nunberg. “Amy Berman Jackson, the judge, said things at the Manafort trial that made her completely conflicted to do this trial. There was an issue with the foreman. It came out she lied … that’s what Roger is appealing.”

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“So, Sam, you’re just saying that a jury foreman and a judge were lying,” said anchor Alex Witt. “Where is the proof on that?”

“Yeah, the foreman lied. The foreman absolutely lied,” said Nunberg. “Are you familiar with it? … If she has a problem, she can sue me. I think she’s a liar. In fact, go look at the Facebook post she put up and then go look at what she said when they were questioning her if she had any bias. It’s outrageous.”

“Sam, he was convicted by a jury,” said Witt. “You can argue this and continue to do so, and I’m sure you’ll be back again on the broadcast and may continue to do so then, but let’s leave that right now.”

The idea that Stone’s jury forewoman, Tomeka Hart was “lying” that she could view the case impartially because she had made Facebook posts critical of President Donald Trump is a common claim of Stone’s defenders, including Trump himself, who attacked her on Twitter and accused her of “tainting” the jury — which has led the jurors to fear for their safety.

Judge Jackson explicitly rejected the argument the jury was tainted, saying that the claim Hart was biased against Stone by her views of Trump “is not supported by any facts or data.” She also scolded Stone’s lawyers for not researching Hart beforehand and asking she be struck from the jury pool, noting that the information about her “was a few clicks of a mouse away” if they had thought it was such a problem.

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Arizona swing voters are rejecting Trump’s law-and-order attacks on Joe Biden: focus group

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A focus group of Arizona voters held by NPR has found that President Donald Trump's claims that former Vice President Joe Biden will abolish the police are falling flat.

The focus group showed voters a Trump campaign ad featuring a fictitious elderly woman frantically dialing 911 when an intruder entered her house -- only to be told that the entire police department had been defunded thanks to Biden.

However, even Trump voters in the focus group found the ad to be way over the top.

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If Trump loses two more states it’s ‘ballgame over’: AP reporter

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Appearing on MSNBC's " Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire explained Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected have reached the point where, if he loses the electoral votes of one more, he will be out of luck and out of office.

Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, Lemire was asked where Trump stands in the battleground states he so desperately needs.

"Both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida," he began. "Now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas -- Georgia is another one where he has to play defense. We don't see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Michigan."

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Trump’s executive orders are confusing and unconstitutional — and likely to hurt his own voters. He doesn’t care.

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As we went into the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had washed his hands of the negotiations over the vitally necessary COVID-19 relief package, leaving Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Tea Party zealot turned White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to hash out a deal. Word was that the Democrats had come down from their demand for $3 trillion in various relief programs to $2 trillion, while the White House stuck to its offer of $1 trillion and not a penny more. By Friday, the Senate was going home and the talks had irretrievably stalled.
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