Dec 2, 2018

Roger Stone says he hasn't talked to Trump about a pardon

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Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he hasn’t discussed the possibility of a pardon with President Trump or his legal team if he were convicted in the Mueller investigation.

"There’s no circumstance under which I would testify against the president because I’d have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up. And I’m not going to do that. I’ve had no discussion regarding a pardon.”

The backdrop: Stone has been under the microscope for his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, particularly surrounding the release of Democratic emails. On Sunday, Stone again denied that he discussed WikiLeaks with Trump at the time and said he had not been contacted by Mueller. Meanwhile, Trump said last week that a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort remains a possibility.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.