President Trump slams prosecutors in Roger Stone case, threatens lawsuit over Mueller probe

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Trump recently slammed federal prosecutors who worked the Roger Stone case and threatened to sue everyone behind the Mueller probe.

In a string of tweets Tuesday, he said the Russia investigation was “badly tainted” and should be thrown out altogether. The president also said it was “illegally set up” based on a discredited dossier as well as forged documents to the FISA court.

The president went on to point out that Mueller lied to Congress when he said he did not come to the White House with the intention of becoming the FBI director.

Meanwhile, the federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case has declined to delay his sentencing amid calls for a new trial. In a teleconference with prosecutors and the defense Tuesday, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said delaying the sentencing would not be a “prudent” thing to do.

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone waits in line at the federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The judge said she’s considering holding a hearing on the request for a new trial, but added that she wasn’t sure if it was necessary.

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, however, Jackson indicated his sentence wouldn’t go into effect until after she makes a decision on the possibility of a new trial

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Man outside White House threatens to assassinate President Trump

FILE – This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, file photo shows the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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A man threatened to assassinate President Trump on Saturday. It all unfolded at the White House, where 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth reportedly told a Secret Service officer that he intended to kill the president.

He said he was planning to use a knife, which he had brought with him.

“I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump,” stated Hedgpeth, according to police reports. “I have a knife to do it with.”

After the man was arrested, police found a 3 1/2 inch knife in his possession. Hedgpeth was charged with making threats to do bodily harm.

He has since been taken to a mental health hospital to be evaluated.

President Donald Trump walks to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Fuel-guzzling California threatens Trump administration over fracking plan

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California leads the nation in the consumption of gasoline and jet fuel. The oil and gas industry provides more than 360,000 jobs and fracking helps the sector to pump annually into the state economy more than $55 billion in tax revenues.

Yet, today, state officials are threatening legal action after the Trump administration opened 1.2 million acres of federal land to drilling after a six-year moratorium.

“The Trump Administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to expose more than a million acres of public land in Central California to drilling and fracking using a patently deficient environment impact study,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “That’s not how we do things in California. We’re prepared to do whatever we must to protect the health and safety of our people. We intend to be good stewards of our public lands.”


Unlike drilling on private or state lands, the federal government collects a 12.5-percent royalty on every barrel of oil and gas produced on federal lands, providing billions to programs Congress approves. The BLM says drilling on the newly approved lands could generate $200 million annually and create 3,500 jobs in the Central Valley.

“This is a good thing, it gives California an opportunity to produce more of its own oil," said Bob Poole, of the Western State Petroleum Association.

"Currently, California uses 2 million barrels a day. Of those two million, we import over a million every day. This gives us the most opportunities available for us to produce our own energy under the most stringent environmental regulations.”

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Environmentalists are not buying it. They oppose any new drilling and fear fracking will pollute groundwater and nearby waterways.

“We won’t let California’s stunning public lands be fracked and drilled without a fight,” said Clare Lakewood, an attorney for the Center for Biodiversity. “Trump and the oil industry want to expose our communities and wildlife to more toxic pollution. The future of our state and our fight against the climate crisis depend on stopping this vast fracking expansion in its tracks.”

The BLM says its court-ordered analysis found no adverse environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing or drilling.


The administration's decision in California comes less than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would impose a moratorium on new high-pressure steam injection wells and review of all fracking permit applications.

“These are necessary steps to strengthen oversight of oil and gas extraction as we phase out our dependence on fossil fuels and focus on clean energy sources,” Newsom said in a written statement.

But the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog claims Newsom approved 17 percent more drilling permits this year than it greenlighted under former Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration last year.

"Natural gas is the backbone of the generation sector in California," said Christopher Guith, of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute. "You can't have the massive amounts of renewables that California wants without gas. They need gas and their policies don't work without it. They should be thanking the Trump Administration for providing additional sources of gas that will help them run their economy."

A FracTracker website maps where new oil and gas wells are approved in California. Among others, it claims Newsom isn't doing enough to ban fracking and halt new permits. It shows Newsom approved more fracking permits than Brown.


Fracking, which injects water, sand, and certain chemicals at high pressure into tight rock formations, is common in the 10 California counties that produce oil. In Kern County, California's major oil-producing area, up to 60 percent of new oil wells are fracked, according to estimates by Halliburton.

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