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The prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards is officially a waste of time and federal resources. The jury in his campaign finance fraud trial found him not guilty on one count and couldn’t reach a decision on the other five.

There was a bit of confusion earlier in the courtroom, when the judge thought the jury had reached a verdict on all six charges, and there was a bit of confusion on the Internet, which pushed word that Edwards had been found guilty. But neither was true!

After the mistrial was declared, Edwards — who had been accused of violating the law and using campaign funds in service of supporting the lifestyle of Rhielle Hunter, his mistress — appeared outside the courthouse with his daughter and parents:

Speaking afterward outside the courtroom, Edwards said after a mistrial was declared in his case that while he does not believe he did anything illegal, “I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. There is no one else responsible for my sins.”

Edwards expressed gratitude to his family — “including my precious Quinn,” the daughter he had with the mistress at the center of the charges — and thanked the jurors for their hard work. “Thank goodness that we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have,” he said.

The verdict followed nine days of deliberation.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)