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CNN PoliticsJul 10, 2020
Debunking 12 lies and falsehoods from the White House statement on Roger Stone's commutation
President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone on Friday, days before Stone was required to begin his 40-month prison term for lying to Congress about the Trump campaign's ties to WikiLeaks.

The Daily BeastJul 10, 2020
‘This Was a Mistake': Not All of Trump World Is Pleased With the President Commuting Roger Stone's Sentence
Leah Millis/ReutersRoger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant convicted of lying to Congress about his connection to WikiLeaks and intimidating another witness to do the same, had his sentence commuted by President Trump on Friday—just a few days before he was set to report to jail.

President Trump had raised the possibility of clemency almost immediately after Stone, 67, was convicted last November, often complaining—without evidence—that Stone had been treated poorly by law enforcement or targeted unfairly.

In a statement announcing Stone's clemency, the White House described Stone as "a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."

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CNN PoliticsJul 10, 2020
READ: White House announces Trump is granting clemency to Roger Stone
President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia, according to the White House.

White House fills top Russia job previously occupied by two impeachment witnesses (CNN Politics)

PoliticoJul 10, 2020
White House fills troubled Russia job
Starting on Monday, the new top Europe and Russian official on the National Security Council will be Ryan Tully.

The Daily BeastJul 10, 2020
Trump's Top COVID Adviser: Deaths Will Soon Start to Rise
REUTERSDr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Friday that she expected to soon see an increase in mortalities among Americans infected with the virus—a statement placing her at odds with the president, who has touted a falling death rate as a sign of success in his approach to the virus. 

"In the United States we have an increase in the number of cases over the last particularly three weeks," Birx said during a virtual COVID19 conference. "We have not seen this result in increased mortality but that is expected as the disease continues to spread in some of our large metro areas."

Brix's remarks come as multiple different states across the south and southwestern part of the country scramble to contain new outbreaks where case numbers, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths are steadily increasing. Three states—California, Texas and Florida—this week recorded their highest daily death tolls since the pandemic began. According to Birx's presentation on Friday, four states accounted for 50 percent of new cases "with unfortunately increases in deaths." The daily case numbers, her slides read, have increased so rapidly in 154 communities that they triggered an "emergency country alert." 

New York Times PoliticsJul 09, 2020
Congress Presses Military Leaders on Suspected Russian Bounties
Two House hearings grappled with a C.I.A. assessment that Russia offered payments to kill American troops in Afghanistan — and White House inaction on the months-old judgment.

PoliticoJul 09, 2020
Trump advisers fracture over Roger Stone pardon
The president signals he's prepared to shield his longtime adviser from prison time, but Stone has little support in the White House.
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