Dec 4, 2018

Roger Stone refuses to cooperate with Senate Judiciary

Roger Stone, former adviser and confidant to President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone has refused to provide documents requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has invoked his Fifth Amendment right in declining to testify, the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said Tuesday.

The backdrop: This comes after Trump praised Stone, a target in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, for having “guts" by refusing to testify against him. Stone has come under scrutiny for possibly acting as an intermediary between the Trump 2016 campaign and WikiLeaks, allegations that he denies. Feinstein said the committtee was seeking "communications related to hacked emails, communications with Russian hackers or Wikileaks, and communications with the Trump campaign." But Stone's attorney argues that the request is "far too overbroad, far too overreaching, far too wide ranging."

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Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

Clyburn: Sanders' "socialist" label will be "extra burden" in House races

Jim Clyburn with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' identification as a democratic socialist may be an "extra burden" in down-ballot House races if he were to win the Democratic nomination.

Why it matters: Clyburn's comments echo fears from many establishment Democrats, who worry the House majority they won in 2018 by taking moderate seats carried by President Trump could be at risk with Sanders at the top of the ticket.