Republican Political strategist, Roger Stone, has admitted to spreading false information through the infamous right-wing propaganda site, InfoWars. Having falsified testimony regarding Wikileaks DNC email hack, many expect Mueller to further scrutinize Stone in his investigation.
Roger Stone insists he had no idea WikiLeaks would be releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. Protesting his innocence of interference of the 2016 presidential election, Stone says he didn’t pass along information to Donald Trump. Now, Robert Mueller has been aggressively pursuing leads due to conflicting reports regarding Stone’s participation in the Russian plot.
Having boasted about meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in secret, Stone is now changing his tune. Stone now insists he and Assange had no means of contact.
Former friend, Randy Credico, told the grand jury Stone had a back channel to WikiLeaks. Still, Stone protests his ignorance. Speaking with The Post, he said, “[Credico] was my principal source regarding the allegedly hacked emails published by WikiLeaks”. Credico has vehemently denied such accusations.
Roger Stone has been engaged in a defamation suit and a recent revelation may cast doubt on future Mueller investigation testimony. While attempting to settle a lawsuit with Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese businessman, Stone admitted he “failed to do proper research” before submitting an accusation. In addition, Stone claims Guo violated U.S. election law by donating money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Stone also accused Guo of funding Stephen K. Bannon’s presidential run.
In his admission, Stone blamed the lies on Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide. Stone says he “made the error of relying on the representations of Sam Nunberg” and apologized. If settled, Stone could be forced to pay $100 million in damages for the lies published on InfoWars.
Trump Administration Cuts Protections for Transgender Americans
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would be rolling back an Obama-era rule protecting transgender Americans from discrimination in health care.
Under the Obama administration, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act expanded the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on one’s gender identity. Under a revised version of the rule, the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce Section 1557 “by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” beginning in mid-August. In other words, doctors and insurance companies receiving funding from the Fed can legally refuse any patient needing transition-related medical care.
Of course, as quickly as the rule was finalized, many LGBTQ+ organizations including the ACLU,announced intentions to sue the Trump administration over this new language. “The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people.. All while a global pandemic is occurring.” said the ACLU in a tweet.
Forget a global pandemic, ACLU. Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, a mass shooting at a popular Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people and the shooter dead.
President Trump has made it clear how he feels about the nearly 1.4 million transgender people in this country, his fellow Americans – he doesn’t feel anything.
Donald Trump to Host Rally in Tulsa,OK on Junteenth
Yes, you read that right. Donald Trump is returning to the 2020 campaign trail with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19th. It’s hard to say that this is just a coincidence when both the day and location mark significant times in Black history.
Tulsa, Oklahoma was the home of the Black Wall Street Massacre in 1921 where a white mob looted and burned businesses. According to Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, it’s believed that as many as 300 people died from that travesty.
June 19th (Juneteenth) is also an important day in Black history because it celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States.
We can’t ignore how calculated this is for Trump have his first rally since COVID-19 here. Especially with race being a hot topic in the country as we speak with #BlackLiveMatter at the forefront.
Roger Stone Found Guilty on All Counts
Roger Stone has been found guilty on all seven counts by a federal jury. After lying about his part in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election conspiracy, the former political consultant could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Once tied to the likes of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, Roger Stone, 67, was found guilty by a jury of nine women and three men of his involvement in the Russian interference plot. As part of the indictment led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Roger Stone was charged for one count each of obstruction and witness tampering, along with five counts of false statements. Stone’s guilty verdict aids further proof to the truth millions have known all along — The Trump campaign was heavily invested in obtaining the files hacked by Russia and made public by WikiLeaks to derail the 2016 election in his favor.
While Roger Stone will not be sentenced until February 6th, 2020, he will face steep penalties for his crimes. Witness tampering alone could land the sexagenarian in prison for up to twenty years. However, the other charges he is facing add up to five-year terms. Prosecutors argued that since Stone has been out on bond before and during the proceedings, he should immediately be thrown in jail. Ultimately, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is allowing Stone to remain free provided he meets the terms of a gag order.
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