Daily Podcast: Roger Stone Spoke to Trump on the Phone. Key Mueller witness lied. Britain’s MI6 Horrified at Trump’s Plan [r/politics, Episode #1]


Roger Stone Spoke to Trump on the Phone the Day After He Got Info WikiLeaks Campaign Email Dumps Were Coming

New evidence from right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi’s plea bargain negotiations with Robert Mueller’s team has put the Trump campaign’s possible connection to the WikiLeaks 2016 releases of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton front and center in the Russia investigation. Corsi, in announcing this week that he had refused a plea deal from the special counsel, released a draft of the plea document that outlined an email from Corsi to Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone alerting Stone that he had heard that WikiLeaks was set to release “very damaging” material on the Clinton campaign.

Most of the redditors think that the White House is leaking all of this and on purpose. Apparently, it’s some form of damage control administrations use when they know something bad will make its way to the public. They get this stuff out early, then create another controversial topic to bury it. Rinse and repeat.


Key Mueller witness: I lied and I’m ready to die in jail

In a blockbuster interview, key Mueller witness and Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi admits to  Ari Melber that he lied to Congress, that he tried to get stolen Clinton emails back to the Trump campaign in 2016, that he “absolutely” intended to help the Trump campaign by doing so, that he told Roger Stone about John Podesta’s emails and that his lawyers are still communicating with Trump’s legal team “as if” there is a joint legal defense. Ari Melber also presses Corsi on being a leader of the “birther movement” which Ari describes as a “total and complete lie” and asks him whether he is auditioning for a Trump pardon by bringing the subject of pardons up during the interview.

Reddit users remind that Just yesterday Trump was blabbering about how Mueller was ruining people’s lives because they refuse to lie. Yet today, he goes on national news and admits verbatim: «I lied».  Quite a change of tune.


Russians May Have ‘Financial Leverage’ Over Donald Trump, Suggests Leading Intelligence Committee Democrat

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has highlighted concerns about President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia, saying that he plans to investigate such allegations further through the House Intelligence Committee next year.

“We need to know, for example, whether the Russians have financial leverage over the president of the United States that’s warping U.S. policy in a pro-Russia direction,” Schiff said.

Users of Reddit truly believe this is Trump’s real fear. The fear that everyone finds out he’s not a billionaire. That he’s highly leveraged and owes tons of money to Russia/Putin/Russian investors. He’s never been really accepted by the NY or the Hollywood elite. He is overly concerned about how he looks/presents himself


Spy Games: Britain’s MI6 Horrified at Trump’s Plan to Declassify Details of FBI’s Carter Page Wiretap

British intelligence chiefs are reportedly desperate to convince the White House not to declassify more of the FBI wiretap application on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page because it would expose intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

The Trump administration and its Republican allies have for some time been trying to paint the FBI’s surveillance of Page as evidence of a “deep state” plot against Trump’s ascent to the presidency that is now being continued via the Mueller probe.

According to the Telegraph, the British spy agency MI6 (James Bond’s agency, more properly known as the Secret Intelligence Service,) is warning that any further declassification would undermine intelligence gathering, but Trump’s allies are claiming that the British are trying to hide something.

Reddit users think that it’s some digital message shredder encrypted app they all use, but a bigger part of them think it’s just Facebook messenger.


Senate Judiciary cancels nominee hearings over Flake’s Mueller stand

The Senate Judiciary Committee canceled a Thursday hearing on judicial nominees as Jeff Flake’s stand for a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller continues to wreak havoc in the lame duck session.

The panel was scheduled to advance six Circuit Court nominees, 15 District Court nominees and several bipartisan bills on Thursday to prepare them for possible floor action over the next month.

Flake’s blockade is annoying senior Republicans by slowing down confirmation of conservative judges in the narrowly divided Senate. But Flake’s tactics have been effective because Republicans have a one-seat majority on the Judiciary Committee and control just 51 votes in the Senate, so he could have tagged some nominees with an “unfavorable” recommendation if Democrats unanimously opposed them.

Reddit users admit that In the end, this is just a delay, so it doesn’t really matter. In January Flake will be gone and Republicans will have an even bigger majority in the Senate which will make it easy to confirm them.