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  1. The judge who decided Roger Stone's fate made an impassioned plea for the truth and the rule of law at his sentencing hearing Thursday, a direct rebuke of President Donald Trump amid the depending crisis over his interference in the Justice Department.
  2. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) chastises her Republican colleagues and says none of them have responded to the briefing delivered to lawmakers warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, which three sources familiar with the matter have told CNN.
  3. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has named Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist, as acting spy chief.
  4. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reports that intel officials briefed lawmakers that Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 election in the hopes of getting President Trump reelected.