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Hundreds of records could fall in next week's cold snap…


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The Arctic blast engulfing the eastern half of the Lower 48 will make mid-November feel like mid-January. Between Sunday and Wednesday, temperatures will sink to levels 15 to 30 degrees colder than normal from the Plains to the East Coast.

The National Weather Service is predicting that about 250 cold records will be established as a result of this polar plunge, from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

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Next week’s cold is the second and stronger of back-to-back Arctic fronts sweeping across the nation.

The first front raced from the Midwest to the East Coast between Wednesday and Friday this week. It caused temperatures to drop 15 to 20 degrees in 24 hours along the Eastern Seaboard between Thursday and Friday morning and supported the season’s first snow flurries in Washington, D.C.


But temperatures are poised to take an even deeper dive as the second front invades.

The cold front will drop into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Saturday night into Sunday, passing through Minneapolis and Chicago.

On Monday morning, the front will have rapidly progressed eastward, stretching from interior New England southwest to Texas, having sliced through Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis and Oklahoma City.

By Tuesday morning, it will have reached the East Coast, having passed through all but southeast South Carolina and Florida, which it will cross by Wednesday morning.

On Monday, when the core of the cold grips the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Minneapolis will not escape the high teens while Chicago hovers in the 20s. Both cities are likely to see their coldest Veterans Day on record.

“Record low-max and record low mins could be in jeopardy of being tied/broken for both Monday and Tuesday,” wrote the National Weather Service office serving Chicago. “[T]his is impressively cold air for early-mid November.”

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By Tuesday morning, low temperatures will drop into the single digits across the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and most of Wisconsin. Temperatures in the teens will penetrate as far south as Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

On Tuesday afternoon, subfreezing highs will cover a wide swath of western New York and Pennsylvania into the Southern Plains. Numerous locations in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, where highs are forecast to only reach the 20s to 30s, are predicted to post daily records for cold high temperatures. The cold will reach the Gulf Coast, where even Houston and New Orleans will struggle to hit 50.


By Wednesday morning, freezing temperatures are forecast to reach the Gulf Coast, near-record lows for the date in a number of areas. Almost the entirety of the eastern half of the U.S. will be below freezing with teens and 20s most common.

On Wednesday afternoon, high temperatures in much of New England will remain below freezing with 30s to near 40 in the Mid-Atlantic. Even south Florida will see a bit of a cool-down with highs in the 70s to near 80, compared to recent temperatures near 90.

Temperatures will moderate some Thursday into the weekend, but will generally remain near to below normal over the eastern half of the nation.



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Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests…


BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups who hope it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition.

There is resistance elsewhere for the proposal, however, with the conservative Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Pope Francis prepares his own document — expected by year’s end — that could determine whether married priests and female deacons eventually become a reality in the Amazon.

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode from Osnabrueck, Germany, welcomed the proposals and suggested that a European synod similar to last month’s assembly by the Amazon bishops could be a useful way to address pressing issues on the continent.

He told the Osnabrueck Diocese paper Kirchenbote that while the Amazon Synod’s recommendations would not be transferable one-to-one in Europe, they might show the way forward to a similar type of priesthood in Germany that allows for combining work and family.

“Regarding the role of women in our societal and ecclesiastical situation, the recommendations are a tail wind for our efforts so far,” Bode said.

A powerful lay organization, the Central Committee of German Catholics, or ZdK, stressed that its congregations also are concerned about such problems.

“The question of whether we still have enough priests who live in celibacy and can fulfill all the tasks needed in the community is one that needs to be asked in Germany as well,” ZdK Vice President Karin Kortmann told The Associated Press on Friday.

“It’s right to ask how we can open offices within the church without jeopardizing the basic principles,” Kortmann said. “It is also a question of credibility that we discuss women’s access to all offices within the church.”

The ZdK will take part in the two-year “synodal path” meetings with the German Bishops Conference that holds its first plenary session in January in Frankfurt. It is widely expected to push for married priests and the ordination of women, among other reforms.

Vicar generals from 10 German archdioceses sent a letter Tuesday to the bishops conference and the ZdK, saying they also consider “fundamental reforms of the church in Germany to be urgently necessary, indeed essential.”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich and chairman of the bishops conference, expressed support for the Amazon Synod’s proposal, but stopped short of calling for a global recognition of married priests. In a statement after it ended, Marx tried to dampen expectations among German Catholics by saying “the synod was not about the abolishment of celibacy, that’s not going to happen.”

The Catholic Church already allows for married priests in Eastern Rite churches and in cases where married Anglican, Lutheran or other Protestant priests have converted to Catholicism. But if Francis accepts the synod’s proposal, it would mark a first for the Latin Rite church in a millennium and could help the church compete with evangelical and Protestant churches that are gaining converts, especially in South America.

The synod’s proposals have not been universally embraced outside the region.

Some key cardinals at the Vatican and elsewhere have voiced opposition, warning that married priests in the Amazon would create far-reaching, negative effects on the priesthood elsewhere for the 1.2 billion-member church, while also opening the door to an even greater problem: What to do about divorced priests.

Most of these critics are from the hierarchy’s conservative camp that has grown bolder in voicing skepticism or outright opposition to Francis. They form part of the high-level criticism that is buffeting the papacy over issues such as the clerical sexual abuse scandal, allegations of financial improprieties in the Holy See and doctrinal concerns.

Perhaps the most surprising critic was Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican’s powerful bishops office and a top adviser to Francis. Ouellet, considered a possible papal contender, published a book on the eve of the Amazon Synod affirming the value of the celibate priesthood and expressing skepticism that married priests would solve its clergy shortage.

A more predictable “no” came from Cardinal Robert Sarah, an arch-conservative from Guinea whom Francis has kept on at the Vatican’s liturgy office despite sharp ideological differences. He also published a book on the eve of the synod lamenting the “dark night” of crisis for the church, citing the sexual abuse scandal as well as overall doubt about Catholic doctrine and morals, and insisting on the value of priestly celibacy.

“I often hear people say that (celibacy) is only a question of historical discipline. I think that that is wrong. Celibacy reveals the very essence of the Christian priesthood. To speak about it as a secondary reality is hurtful to all the priests of the world,” he said.

Outside the Vatican, Cardinal Camillo Ruini — a conservative who was St. John Paul II’s vicar for Rome and head of the Italian bishops conference — also criticized the proposal and said he “hopes and prays that the pope … doesn’t confirm it.”

Ruini acknowledged the priest shortage in the Amazon and said the proposal was understandable, “but I think it’s the wrong choice,” he told Corriere della Sera. “The celibacy of priests is a great sign of total dedication to God in the service of your brothers, especially in an eroticized context like today’s.”

Ruini also suggested married priests would inevitably lead to divorced priests.

“Today marriage is profoundly in crisis: Married priests and their wives would be exposed to the effects of this crisis, and their human and spiritual condition wouldn’t be able to avoid it,” he said.

Most U.S. bishops have so far avoided emphatic pronouncements about the synod.

One of the more outspoken is Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, who says celibacy “is a living gift of a man to the church and should be the norm.”

In an interview with the AP, Stika said there are practical reasons for excluding married priests, at least in the U.S. Many dioceses are struggling financially and would be hard-pressed to support a household that included a priest’s wife and children, he said. It might also limit a bishop’s ability to transfer priests with a family.

“I know the pressures of being a celibate priest,” Stika said. “If you then have a family of six, your primary vocation should be to your family, not your parish.”

Brazilian Bishop Mário Antônio da Silva of the Amazonian diocese of Roraima, who attended the synod, said married priests and ordained women are needed in the Amazon.

“I defend celibacy for those who feel the priestly calling. But I also say: We need new collaborators in our communities,” Da Silva told the AP. “The ordination of married men meets this need, so I’m in favor.”

He suggested the concept might eventually spread beyond the Amazon.

“It’s a process that must advance for the maturity of our church,” Da Silva said, “not just in the Amazon, but who knows, maybe in other parts of the church, in our continent, and the whole world.”

“We want Pope Francis to help us move forward with this,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Nicole Winfield in Vatican City, David Crary in New York and Luis Andres Henao in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed.



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Second Collective Suicide in Turkey in Week Highlights Crisis…



Second Collective Suicide in Turkey in Week Highlights Crisis...

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Wealth gives him options rivals don't enjoy…


WASHINGTON (AP) — There are many questions surrounding Michael Bloomberg’s potential presidential candidacy. Whether he’ll have enough money to sustain a lengthy and bruising campaign is not one of them.

The billionaire former New York City mayor opened the door this week to a potential Democratic White House bid, prompting an avalanche of criticism from would-be rivals who say he wants to use his vast wealth to buy the presidency.

“Swell. Another billionaire thinking that the Democratic nomination is for sale,” said Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, another 2020 candidate. “Here’s the problem with big money in politics. It just never stops.”

Progressives who believe the wealthy have outsized influence in politics have pushed Democratic White House hopefuls to reject big money in politics — and they’ve had considerable success. So far, the cash race has been celebrated as a triumph of small-dollar grassroots contributors, who have fueled the campaigns of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, over big-dollar donors in the Democratic establishment.

Bloomberg, whose fortune Forbes estimates to be more than $50 billion, doesn’t need either. And his successful campaigns for mayor of New York are proof.

Now a Democrat, Bloomberg secured reelection as a Republican in 2005 after burying his opponents under an $84 million mountain of his own cash. Four years later, he invested even more, outspending his rivals by at least 10-to-1 after plunging $108 million into his race.

That’s more than what the top three grossing fundraisers in the primary — Warren of Massachusetts, Sanders of Vermont, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — have spent in the race so far.

Underscoring the opportunities afforded by his wealth, Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states including Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus on the states that vote on Super Tuesday. That allows him to compete fiercely in expensive media markets like those in California, the biggest prize of the March 3 contests. He can also hire staff and build infrastructure while his potential rivals still have most of their resources tied up in the traditional early voting states.

Money alone, however, doesn’t guarantee votes. Tom Steyer, another billionaire businessman in the race, has struggled to break out of low-single-digit polling despite investing at least $47 million in the race.

“If money was everything, Tom Steyer would be in double digits,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who supports former Vice President Joe Biden, who relies on big-dollar donors and has lagged in fundraising behind Warren and Sanders.

To his detractors, Bloomberg is the embodiment of the power wielded by the wealthy. But his defenders insist that his finances and background on Wall Street don’t mitigate his support of progressive causes like gun control and climate change.

“Is he the white knight Wall Street wants? Who cares. He understood as mayor that you have to represent a wide variety of views and people. And if he becomes a Democratic presidential candidate, he knows it’s not Wall Street’s decision,” said Robert Zimmerman, a prominent donor and Democratic National Committeeman from New York.

Bloomberg has also earned ample amounts of goodwill from party leaders for using his fortune to help the party take back the House last year and win both chambers of the Virginia Legislature this week for the first time in decades.

He has given generously to Republicans in the past. But the $94.6 million he spent supporting federal candidates and national Democratic committees in 2018 was more than he’d ever given before, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Rendell, however, questioned whether Bloomberg would ultimately run.

“Bloomberg is a smart guy,” Rendell said. “If he wanted to go war with the Biden folks, the Steyer folks and everybody else, he would have said he’s in — no ifs, ands or buts.”



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FAST FOOD RAMPAGE…


A RACIST man was beaten up and had his beloved chicken sandwich stolen after going on a sick N-word tirade inside a Popeyes fast-food restaurant.

The incident took place in Silver Spring, Maryland – with video footage showing the man standing at a counter before launching into a foul-mouthed rant at a young man.

 Video showed the customer launch into a foul-mouthed rant

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Video showed the customer launch into a foul-mouthed rant
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The footage was uploaded to social media

The younger man – who was hispanic, according to an onlooker – stared down the screaming customer.

In the footage, the seemingly middle-aged white man can be heard shouting, “f”*** you man, f*** off, you piece of s***,” before saying: “F***ing n*****-a** m*********er, f***ing get out of my way!”

The racist then grabbed his bag of food and headed through the crowd and out of the restaurant, shouting, “Get the f*** outta my way.”

Footage posted on social media then cuts to outside the fast-food restaurant, where the screaming man is sitting on the concrete floor as another man stands over him holding the back of his sweater.

SHOCKING RANT

The man holding him down can be heard saying, “Who you callin’ a n*****?… Do you know where the f*** you at n*****? You in my hood.”

In another clip, the racist man can be seen being forced to apologize.

The man standing over him demands, “Say sorry right now!”, before the white man says, “I’m sorry!”

Hundreds of commentators blasted the racist man for his remarks.

This is not the first time this week that chaos has erupted in a Popeyes – which this weekend announced that its infamous chicken sandwich had been restocked.

In a Los Angeles Popeyes, a woman recently destroyed her car attempting to cut a drive-thru line.

Police are also still on the hunt for the killer of Kevin Tyrell Davis, who was reportedly murdered outside of a Popeyes for cutting the line to get hold of one of their sandwiches.

 

 Kevin Tyrell Davis was murdered outside a Popeyes restaurant on Monday

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Kevin Tyrell Davis was murdered outside a Popeyes restaurant on Monday
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He was reportedly killed for cutting in line
Popeyes customers and staff brawl at branches across the US, fighting to get their hands on the restaurant’s restocked chicken sandwich



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Broadcast, cable networks to televise hearings…


NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS will set aside scheduled programming next week to cover the House’s first open impeachment hearings on President Trump.

The cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CSPAN will also provide live coverage. The broadcast networks’ announcement Friday that they would televise the hearing, however, gives the event an extra measure of exposure and weight with the public.

The first hearing of the House intelligence committee’s hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, with the second on Friday at 11 a.m.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday about the Trump administration’s efforts to tie U.S. military aid to that country in an agreement to investigate the president’s political rivals.



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DEMS WANT IMPEACHMENT BY CHRISTMAS…


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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told a federal court Friday that he considered Roger Stone the Trump Campaign’s ‘access point’ to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

However, the ex-Breitbart News chief said he had no direct knowledge of Stone’s links to Assange and assumed there was a relationship because Stone had been ‘boasting’ about it and mentioning it in the media.

He was also at pains to say that to the ‘best of his knowledge’ nobody on the Trump Campaign ever asked Stone to secure info from WikiLeaks, nor did anyone ask him to relay messages to its founder.

Nonetheless he told Stone’s lying-to-Congress trial that the Trump Campaign did indeed have an interest in anything that could ‘help Donald Trump and possibly hurt Hillary Clinton.’

The evidence is likely to be highly damaging to Stone’s case, painting him as being in direct touch with WikiLeaks when his defense against charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering is that he was making false brags of access to improve his own image.

But it also paints the Trump campaign as willing to use – if not solicit – foreign assistance from an alleged criminal to win the election.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told a federal court Friday that Roger Stone was considered the Trump Campaign's 'access point' to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. He's pictured leaving federal court wearing three shirts, a blazer and a wax coat to testify in the trial of Roger Stone in Washington, D.C. where the temperature was 42 degrees F

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told a federal court Friday that Roger Stone was considered the Trump Campaign’s ‘access point’ to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. He’s pictured leaving federal court wearing three shirts, a blazer and a wax coat to testify in the trial of Roger Stone in Washington, D.C. where the temperature was 42 degrees F

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, pictured leaving to court with his wife in a gray three-button suit jack and blue striped shirt with a cutaway collar and spotted tie, previously told Congress that Randy Credico was his back channel to WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, pictured leaving court with his wife (left) and daughter (right) wearing a gray three-button suit jack and blue striped shirt with a cutaway collar and spotted tie, previously told Congress that Randy Credico was his back channel to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Bannon said he had no direct knowledge Stone's link to Julian Assange (pictured) but assumed there was a relationship because Stone boasted about one

Bannon said he had no direct knowledge Stone’s link to Julian Assange (pictured) but assumed there was a relationship because Stone boasted about one 

WikiLeaks’ Assange is an Australia citizen who at the time was hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after skipping bail on rape charges; he is now in a UK prison fighting extradition to the U.S. on espionage charges.

THE CHARGES AGAINST ROGER STONE

Roger Stone is charged with:

1. Obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering by trying to get Randy Credico to lie to Congress 

2. Lying to Congress that he did not have emails or texts about Julian Assange

3. Lying when he claimed his references to being in touch with Assange were actually about a ‘go-between’ – Randy Credico

4. Lying that he didn’t ask his ‘go-between’ to communicate with Assange

5. Lying that he didn’t text or email the ‘go-between’ about WikiLeaks

6. Lying that he had never discussed conversation with his ‘go-between’ with anyone in the Trump campaign

‘The campaign had no official access to WikiLeaks to Julian Assange but Roger would have been considered an access point if we needed an access point because he implied and he told me he had a relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange,’ he told jurors this afternoon.

Bannon told the court he was subpoenaed to appear in Washington, D.C. Federal Court and otherwise would not have testified against Stone.

He was dressed head to toe in black pants, a black blazer, two black button up shirts, plus an under shirt in keeping with his reputation as a Machiavellian right-wing figure who once boasted ‘darkness is good’ in politics.

Bannon said he had known Stone since his Breitbart days and they were regularly in contact even before he became chief executive of the Trump campaign on August 12 2016.

‘I talked to Roger every couple of weeks, by email I guess at first, maybe a phone call, but principally by email,’ he told jurors. ‘I know he had a long standing relationship with the candidate.’

By the time he was appointed to the campaign’s top position they were talking more regularly, he said. He confirmed WikiLeaks came up on occasion in private chats.

As to whether Stone had specifically claimed to have direct contact with them, Bannon said: ‘Never directly but I think he implied he had a relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.’

He added: ‘I wouldn’t call it bragging, maybe boasting. There’s a difference. He would mention it.’

Bannon insisted the pair never discussed WikiLeaks at length, however, and he considered the hacked DNC materials disseminated by WikiLeaks as only ‘marginally’ helpful to Trump’s electoral prospects.

Prosecutor Michael Marando asked him read over an email Stone sent him on August 18 2016, one day after he was announced as the Trump Campaign CEO.

‘Trump can still win – but time is running out. Early voting begins in six weeks. I do know how to win this but it ain’t pretty,’ Stone wrote.

Bannon wrote back ‘Let’s talk asap’ but he told jurors he didn’t consider that a reference to WikiLeaks.

‘Roger is an agent provocateur and expert in opposition research, the tougher side of politics,’ he said. ‘And when you are that far behind you need to use every tool in the tool box.’

He sent Stone a further email on October 4 stating: ‘What was that this morning?’

Bannon explained that was a reference to a press conference held by WikiLeaks that morning in London that was supposed to herald a big ‘dump’ of hacked Democratic Party emails.

‘It didn’t turn out to be what people were hyping it up to be,’ he said.

The aim of Bannon’s email was twofold: ‘One to find out why there was no announcement and also a bit of a heckle that nothing came out,’ he said.

Stone replied to say Assange had held the material back because he was living in fear of assassination, to which Bannon replied: ‘He didn’t cut deal w / Clintons?’ 

He told the court he was merely being ‘cynical’ after his many years in politics.

‘I always believe that he [Stone] had the relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks but it never came up that there was anybody else,’ he said.

Bannon testified that the Trump Campaign did have an interest in anything that could 'help Donald Trump and possibly hurt Hillary Clinton'

Bannon testified that the Trump Campaign did have an interest in anything that could ‘help Donald Trump and possibly hurt Hillary Clinton’

Bannon said he had no direct knowledge of Stone's link to Assange but assumed there was a relationship because Stone boasted about it

Bannon said he had no direct knowledge of Stone’s link to Assange but assumed there was a relationship because Stone boasted about it 

Asked if he or the Trump Campaign ever instructed Stone or anyone else to see Assange or trade information, Bannon replied: Not to my knowledge, no.’

Bannon was chief executive of the Trump campaign and went on to work at the White House until he dropped out of the President’s administration only seven months later.

He was widely seen as Trump’s ideological link to America’s right-wing voters but the pair fell put when Trump fired him and blasted him on Twitter as a press-leaking ‘Sloppy Steve’.

However the populist nationalist has continued speaking publicly and rubbing shoulders with wealthy power brokers while boasting he was largely responsible for Trumps 2016 win.

Outside court Friday he complained to reporters that he had been forced to give evidence against Stone as well as at a previous grand jury hearing.

I was compelled to testify,’ he said. ‘I was under subpoena by Mueller. I was under subpoena by the House. I was forced to go to the grand jury and I’m forced and compelled to come here today.’

When asked by DailyMail.com if he thought Stone was innocent or guilty, he smiled and replied. ‘I can’t.’

Billed as the star witness, Bannon’s testimony lasted a mere 35 minutes Friday, with a further ten minutes of cross examination.

The trial had heard previously that he was one of several Trump aids who had communications with Stone after Democratic Party emails were hacked by Russia and disseminated by WikiLeaks in 2016.

‘Stone regularly updated people on the Trump campaign at the senior levels about whatever information he thought he had about WikiLeaks. He was going to the very top of the Trump campaign, the CEO of the Trump campaign – a man named Steve Bannon,’ said prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky.

Stone ‘straight up lied’ to Congress about back-channel efforts to obtain Democratic Party emails hacked by Russia and disseminated by WikiLeaks on the eve of the 2016 election, it’s alleged.

The self-proclaimed political dirty trickster wanted to cover his tracks because ‘the truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump,’ his trial has heard this week.

Bannon's testimony paints the Trump campaign as willing to use – if not solicit - foreign assistance from an alleged criminal to win the election

Bannon’s testimony paints the Trump campaign as willing to use – if not solicit – foreign assistance from an alleged criminal to win the election

Stone not only mislead lawmakers about his attempts to reach WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he also concealed conversations with high-ranking Trump Campaign officials who were eager to learn what dirt Assange had on their opponent, Hillary Clinton, it’s alleged.

Those conversations included email exchanges with jailed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is due to testify in Stone’s trial along with a another disgraced former Trump aide, Rick Gates.

Stone also made several mysterious phone calls to Trump himself, one just hours after the DNC announced to the world it had been hacked, his Washington, D.C. District Court trial heard.

The silver-haired defendant, accompanied to proceedings this week by his wife Nydia and ‘spiritual advisor’ pastor Randy Short, denies obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the committee.

Jurors heard how the wily Republican operative and long-time confidante of Trump, seized upon the now-notorious hacking of Democratic National Committee emails as an opportunity to curry favor and help his friend get into the White House at Clinton’s expense.

He used two different associates to try to tease information from WikiLeaks about their plans to publish stolen emails embarrassing to the former Secretary of State, then contacted both Bannon and Manafort indicating that he could help swing the vote their way and ‘save Trump’s ass’.

But when asked to testify to the House Intelligence Committee one year later about Russian involvement in the DNC hack and attempts to interfere with the election, Stone mislead lawmakers and about his sources and hid a trove of emails, texts and documents, said prosecutor Aaron Zelinksy.

‘In a critical investigation of national importance, the defendant, Roger Stone, repeatedly lied under oath to a congressional committee and lied under oath to cover his tracks,’ he told the jury comprising nine women and three men.

The long-time GOP schemer was indicted by a grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.

It’s alleged he told the author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi in August 2016 to have a friend ‘go see Julian Assange’ and ‘get a hold of emails’ that the WikiLeaks boss had up had up his sleeve.

Stone would later try and hide Corsi’s involvement from lawmakers, however, telling them his sole conduit was a comedian and radio host named Randy Credico who interviewed Assange in September 2016.

When Credico threatened to contradict the testimony by denying he was the principal go-between Stone had been publicly bragging about, Stone repeatedly told him to plead the Fifth or do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’, it’s claimed.

Randy Credico carried his dog Bianca as he left court after giving two days of testimony in the Roger Stone trial. He told the court Friday he feared being labeled as the 'guy who helped Trump win the election' due to his connections with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Randy Credico carried his dog Bianca as he left court after giving two days of testimony in the Roger Stone trial. He told the court Friday he feared being labeled as the ‘guy who helped Trump win the election’ due to his connections with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Stone sent a stream of texts to Randy Credico which prosecutors say threatened the DJ and his 13-year-old therapy dog, Bianca the Coton de Tulear

Stone sent a stream of texts to Randy Credico which prosecutors say threatened the DJ and his 13-year-old therapy dog, Bianca the Coton de Tulear

Prosecutors say that Frank Pantangeli is a  reference to a character in Godfather Part II who lies to a congressional committee to help the Corleone family before committing suicide (pictured is a photo from the filme)

Prosecutors say that Frank Pantangeli is a  reference to a character in Godfather Part II who lies to a congressional committee to help the Corleone family before committing suicide (pictured is a photo from the filme) 

Prosecutors say that is a reference to a character in Godfather Part II who lies to a congressional committee to help the Corleone family before committing suicide.

The rattled comic eventually did plead the Fifth but only after Stone peppered him with threats and insults, including ‘Prepare to die cocksucker. You are a rat,’ the court was told.

Credico said he was fearful Stone would try to implicate a close lawyer friend named Margaret Ratner Kunstler, who was part of Assange's legal team

Credico said he was fearful Stone would try to implicate a close lawyer friend named Margaret Ratner Kunstler, who was part of Assange’s legal team

He even threatened Credico’s therapy dog Bianca, a 13-year-old Coton de Tulear, writing in an text message read out to the trial: ‘I’m going to take that dog away from you.’

‘I have no wife, no kids, just a sister who is still alive,’ Credico, testified Friday in court.

The satirist insisted he was a ‘spectator’ not a back channel, as Stone had told lawmakers.

He told jurors he became increasingly worried Stone would make him his ‘patsy’.

Credico was also fearful Stone would try to implicate a close lawyer friend named Margaret Ratner Kunstler who was part of Assange’s legal team and had helped get the WikiLeaks boss on Credico’s radio show.

‘I didn’t know what to do. Do I protect myself being associated with Donald Trump? If I do that I sacrifice Mrs Kunstler’s reputation, that’s the line I was walking,’ said Credico, an avowed left-winger and Bernie Sanders supporter.

‘I certainly didn’t want to be stuck as the guy who helped Trump win the election.’

In cross examination Credico was asked if he had tried to ‘play’ Stone by giving him the false impression he had a ‘special relationship’ with Assange.

‘There were exaggerations, there were lies, there were rebuffs, yes,’ he admitted.

Robert Buschel, defending, asked Credico whether he had introduced himself at a 2018 White House press function as ‘Roger Stone’s back channel’.

‘It was with a wink and a nod,’ the comic responded.

‘He plays hard ball. He throws a lot of junk. I did not want to get hit,’ he said of his erstwhile friend Stone, whom he had known for nearly two decades but fallen out with on numerous occasions.

Kunstler also took the stand Friday afternoon to deny passing any information from WikiLeaks or Julian Assange to Credico.

The NY-based attorney told jurors she never worked directly for Assange but represented his close adviser Sarah Harrison.

When Credico asked her to help get Assange on his radio show in August 2016 she agreed because she and her late husband had been friends with him for years.

‘I wrote a note to Mr Assange’s assistant saying a friend of mine had a radio program and would love to have Julian Assange on as a guest and I included Randy’s contact details on that message,’ she said.

Kunstler said she never asked Assange, whom she had met just a handful of times, for anything for Credico and never passed on any information about the DNC hack which she only learnt about from the media.

‘I’m a lawyer I don’t do things like that,’ she said.

Randy Credico told the court Friday that Stone told him to plead the Fifth or do a 'Frank Pentangeli' - in reference to a character in Godfather Part II who lies to congress (pictured leaving court Friday )

Randy Credico told the court Friday that Stone told him to plead the Fifth or do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’ – in reference to a character in Godfather Part II who lies to congress (pictured leaving court Friday ) 

According to the government’s indictment, Stone – who briefly served on Trump’s campaign but was pushed out amid infighting with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski – is accused of telling five lies during his September 26 2017 testimony.

They say he lied that he did not have emails or texts about WikiLeaks and lied that he didn’t ask his ‘go-between’ to communicate with Assange.

WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THE ROGER STONE TRIAL 

Rick Gates:

Former deputy Trump campaign chief who turned Mueller witness. Forced to reveal secret Russian mistress when he testified against Paul Manafort, his former boss

Jerome Corsi:

Conspiracy theorist associate of Stone; fought off attempts by Mueller to force him into a plea deal. Previously pushed false claim Barack Obama was born in Kenya

Theodore ‘Ted’ Malloch:

Trump campaign figure whose role in contact with Assange will be explored by prosecutors; previously falsely claimed he was an Oxford professor and a Scottish laird 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

Will not be appearing as witnesses but prospective jurors were warned they will be mentioned during the trial 

It’s alleged he further lied that he only had one associate acting as a back channel when he allegedly had two, and both lied and tampered with a witness when he later tried to get Credico to mislead Congress.

Finally, Stone is accused of lying that he had never discussed conversations with his ‘go-between’ with anyone in the Trump campaign.

‘Now you’ll ask why didn’t Roger Stone just tell the truth?’ Zelinsky told jurors. ‘The evidence in this case will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad.

‘The truth looked bad to the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.’

Bruce Rogow, Stone’s lead defense attorney, claims his client never meant to lie and was merely guilty of boasting and overstating the extent of his contacts.

‘He did brag about his ability to find out what was going on,’ Rogow said. ‘But he had no intermediary.’

That was because, in reality, Credico and Corse were merely ‘playing’ Stone by claiming to have inside knowledge they didn’t have, Rogow said.

And the former Nixon campaign adviser – who has the disgraced former president’s face permanently tattooed on his back – was ‘playing others’ by pretending to have direct contact with WikiLeaks.

‘We think the evidence will show that there was no corrupt intent in whatever was said or done by Mr Stone,’ Rogow said.

At several points during the trial Judge Amy Berman Jackson has criticized ‘irresponsible’ media speculation about the identity of jurors, an apparent reference to alt-right publications claiming an Obama administration official had made it onto the panel.

‘It’s inaccurate and untrue and it puts the safety of everyone involved in this trial, including the jury, at risk,’ she warned Friday.

She also gave jurors a direction they could not refuse: Not to download the Godfather movies on Netflix.



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Iran Detains Nuke Inspector, Bans From Key Atomic Site…


U.S. State Department officials described Iran’s blocking of an international nuclear inspector from accessing key nuclear sites last week as an “outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation” amid growing concerns Iran is hiding undeclared nuclear materials.

Iran confirmed earlier this week it had blocked an international nuclear inspector from accessing key sites for mandated oversight.

U.S. officials and nuclear experts described Iran’s behavior as highly unusual and dangerous. As the country continues to bolster its enrichment of uranium—the key component in a nuclear weapon—it is becoming increasingly clear that Tehran has no interest in living up to international commitments to provide transparency about its nuclear program, particularly regarding work on the weapons front.

Iran said that it had blocked at least one inspector from physically entering its Natanz uranium enrichment site because she was carrying “suspicious” materials that could have been explosive. However, nuclear inspectors commonly carry signs of explosive residue due to the nature of their work, and safety procedures for such situations exist, experts told the Washington Free Beacon.

A State Department spokesman confirmed to the Free Beacon that Iran had detained the IAEA inspector, adding that the incident bolsters concerns the Trump administration has about Iran being in possession of undeclared nuclear materials.

“Iran’s detention of an IAEA inspector was without question an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation,” the State Department official said on background. “Iran’s justifications strain credibility—IAEA inspectors must be permitted to conduct their work unimpeded. Although the inspector is now safe, such acts by Iran will not be tolerated.”

The administration suspects that Iran is trying to prevent international inspectors from confirming its work with prohibited nuclear materials.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the two issues the IAEA acting director general described in today’s special session of the IAEA Board of Directors,” the official said. “First, that the IAEA has detected evidence of potential undeclared nuclear material in Iran, and second, the detention of an IAEA inspector. Along with Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive nuclear activity, this pattern of deception and intimidation is unacceptable. All nations should be concerned that Iran is not fully cooperating with the IAEA and should demand Iran immediately redress these serious problems.”

The diplomatic escalation comes as Iran breaches limits on the amount of enriched uranium it produces and the enrichment methods it uses. It escalated installations of advanced centrifuges in the past week and has vowed to continue doing so.

Nuclear experts told the Free Beacon that Iran’s behavior raises multiple questions and concerns about the nature of its ongoing work.

“Assuming the IAEA version of events is correct and she did not have explosive contamination on her person, then Iran may be testing what the reaction is to denying inspectors access to safeguarded sites,” David Albright, a former weapons inspector and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, told the Free Beacon.

“How long does it take for this episode to be reported to the board and media?” he asked. “Does the IAEA send a replacement quickly? How many countries and which ones believe the Iranian rationale? Is there outrage or are there divisions that delay a coordinated response?”

These questions must be addressed by the international community, Albright said.

“If Iran wants to break out and needs to do certain banned things at a safeguarded site to accomplish that breakout, it will need to deny inspectors access to that site for some period of time,” he said. “Although the following is just speculation at this point, Iran may be testing the waters and scoping out the best way to deny access in the future when it really needs to do it.”

Andrea Stricker, a nonproliferation analyst and research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, described Iran’s actions as “highly provocative.”

It “gives the impression that Iran could be considering curtailing inspection authorities as a future step to draw down its JCPOA commitments,” Stricker said. “It’s a hostile sign for sure.”

While Iranian officials claimed they barred the IAEA inspector due to “suspicious” materials being detected on her person, experts say traces of explosive materials should not have necessarily raised alarms following an investigation.

Stricker said IAEA inspectors can carry traces of explosive materials, but procedures are typically in place to address concerns like those Iran expressed.

“It is not uncommon for inspectors to pick up explosive residue if they have been at a high explosives site,” she said. “They can be detained at airports, for example. However, they have procedures in place to remedy such situations. I think that given the seriousness with which countries have taken this, there is more to it and it is worth looking into.”

Adam Kredo is senior writer reporting on national security and foreign policy matters for the Washington Free Beacon. An award-winning political reporter who has broken news from across the globe, Kredo’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, the Drudge Report, and the Jerusalem Post, among many others. His Twitter handle is @Kredo0. His email address is kredo@freebeacon.com.



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