Roger Stone told Congress a series of 'whoppers' to cover up his attempts to get plundered Democratic Party emails from WikiLeaks because it would look 'terrible' for Donald Trump, a court heard on Wednesday. Prosecutor Jonathan Kravis recapped the five key lies Stone told to 'corrupt' the 2017 House Intelligence Committee inquiry into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election in his closing speech. Jurors will shortly be asked to decide the fate of the self-described political dirty trickster, 67, who could spend decades behind bars if he's found guilty of obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress. Kravis said Stone first lied to lawmakers when he told them his 'back channel' to Julian Assange's outfit was the comedian and radio host Randy Credico when it was actually a different man, the conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Stone next allegedly lied when he told lawmakers he didn't ask his intermediary to request anything from Assange and he further is accused … [Read more...] about Roger Stone told Congress a series of ‘whoppers’ to cover up his attempts to get plundered Democratic Party emails from WikiLeaks because it would look ‘terrible’ for Donald Trump, prosecutors tell his trial
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Public toilet visits are sometimes urgent. But imagine the urgency of the presidential-nominee hopeful Hillary Clinton when she was caught short, mid-commercial break, during a Democratic debate in 2015. Clinton, the lone woman on the stage, had to walk a little further to get to the women’s loo than her male opponents, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. It might have been no more than a minor inconvenience, had Clinton not been on a deadline and the toilet in question not been occupied when she arrived. Sanders and O’Malley each returned from their relatively shorter trips, leaving them time to collect themselves. Meanwhile, Clinton stood waiting to use the toilet. The seconds ticked away and the live televised debate resumed, as live televised debates must. A few moments later, Clinton strode back into the camera frame and took her podium, saying a simple “sorry” to the 6.7 million TV viewers. The Boston Globe reported the next day that … [Read more...] about The queue for the ladies’ loo is a feminist issue
Top story: Cross-party push for softer Brexit Good morning, it’s Warren Murray with your first helping of today’s news. A cross-party group of MPs is hoping to force a vote on keeping Britain in the European economic area (EEA) after Brexit. It could turn into a big battle if enough Labour and Conservative members join forces after the government presents its EU withdrawal bill in September. Countries like Norway and Iceland are members of the EEA, without being in the EU. Theresa May does not want this sort of “off-the-shelf” arrangement for Britain but her position looks increasingly under challenge. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, and a roster of other Tory heavy hitters including William Hague are known to favour something along EEA lines, at least for a transition period. According to sources, several other ministers and government lawyers do not agree with the official line from No 10 that Britain will leave the EEA automatically when it exits the EU. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Leave the EU, stay in the EEA?