Roger Stone is Indicted for Lying to Cover Ties to WikiLeaks

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: The Gateway Pundit | Friday, 25 January 2019 11:07

Do you want to see a tweet that hasn’t aged well? How about this one from the president that is less than two months old? Roger Stone has now been indicted for, essentially, making up lies about President Trump in an effort to shield him from the truth.

And when Trump made that tweet, he knew full well that Stone had perjured himself before the House and Senate intelligence committees, and he knew he was not cooperating with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. I suppose it does take “guts” to expose yourself to that kind of legal liability.

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According to Lawfare, Trump’s December 3, 2018 tweet on Stone and an earlier one from August 22, 2018 in which he prematurely praised Paul Manafort for being “such a brave man” for refusing to cooperate with the Office of Special Counsel both could qualify as violations of federal statute 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b) which criminalizes witness tampering. As it turned out, Manafort was convicted and decided to work with Robert Mueller. He’s now charged with breaching that agreement and continuing to lie. Roger Stone will have to consider which parts of that example, if any, that he wants to emulate.

I’ll write more fulsomely later about the content and implications of the indictments against Roger Stone, but for now we can close the book on one thing. The Trump campaign conspired, colluded, and coordinated with WikiLeaks to disseminate stolen, private communications of U.S. citizens and the Democratic Party in order to seek an advantage in a political campaign. We no longer need to have any debate about that question.

It’s clear from the indictment that people at the highest levels of the campaign were aware that Stone had contacts with Julian Assange and could provide information about the timing and to a certain degree the content of the leaks before they actually occurred. No one has come forth publicly and admitted this to Congress or the American people.

The case isn’t quite closed yet, but it’s getting near to that point. What remains is for Mueller to demonstrate to what degree that major players, including the president, understood at the time that the Russians were responsible for giving the material to WikiLeaks. I’ll have much more to say about that soon.

Roger Stone Predicted Donald Trump Jr. Indictment

This morning, former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone was arrested at his home in Florida by FBI agents as part of the ongoing special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.

The Roger Stone indictment

Stone, we learned, has been indicted on multiple charges, including lying to and obstructing the investigation of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. (RELATED: Roger Stone Arrested by the FBI.)

It’s unclear what his legal future will be at this point. Stone said in a previous statement: “I stand by my statement to the House Intelligence Committee and can prove it is truthful if need be. I have passed two polygraph tests administered and analyzed by two of the nations leading experts to prove I have truthful.”

Stone Predicts Mueller Will Eventually Indict Donald Trump Jr. More from The Political Insider

Last year, Roger Stone conducted two exclusive interviews with The Political Insider. In both interviews, Stone foreshadowed his possible legal jeopardy, candidly admitting that he was in the sights of the Mueller investigation. But, he also mentioned another target of Mueller’s that was, at the time, totally off the radar: the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Believes Robert Mueller Is About to Indict Donald Trump, Jr.)

Here is what Stone told The Political Insider: “The special counsel is going to charge Donald Trump Jr. with lying to the FBI. Notice they’re not charging him for having an illegal meeting with a Russian at Trump Tower because there’s nothing illegal about that meeting.”

Where does Mueller go next?

With Stone now in FBI custody, and with other Trump associates like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen facing lengthy jail sentences, is Mueller starting to wrap up his investigation by acting against any players he views broke the law? Will Donald Trump, Jr., as Stone predicted, be next?

One thing’s for sure, Mueller sure isn’t afraid to put people in jail if they broke the law, including individuals close to the President.

Stone indictment: Conduit between Wikileaks and Trump campaign?

Let’s put aside the method of Roger Stone’s arrest, which as Jazz noted earlier was curious at best, for the moment. The indictment itself contains political headaches for Donald Trump, at the very least.

The special counsel alleges that Stone acted as a conduit between Wikileaks and “senior Trump Campaign officials” not just about what Wikileaks had already released, but also what was coming out next. And the indictment claims that they have the communications to prove it in court.

CBS reported the crux of the problem for the White House:

The indictment doesn’t specifically name WikiLeaks, but the indictment paints a picture of how Stone was allegedly in touch through intermediaries with “Organization 1,” which leaked emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.

Furthermore, the indictment claims Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about “Organization 1,” and information it might have to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The indictment also alleges Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases the organization might have.

In one text obtained by Mueller’s office, on Oct. 1, 2016, “Person 2″ sent Stone text messages that said, ‘big news Wednesday . . . now pretend u don’t know me . . . Hillary’s campaign will die this week.'”

Six days later, hackers began releasing Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal emails.

It seems Stone didn’t do a very good job of covering his tracks, nor of covering his butt when testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. Most of the charges in the indictment are for obstruction and false testimony before Congress, which allege that Stone lied repeatedly about text and e-mail communications. The final charge, witness tampering, alleges that Stone convinced a radio host (“Person 2”) who had once interviewed Julian Assange on air to take the Fifth rather than cooperate. After that, the indictment alleges that Stone then attempted to threaten Person 2 into lying to help cover up Stone’s perjury.

Does this “prove” Russian collusion, a question posed by Jazz? No, but it certainly doesn’t do anything to demonstrate clean hands in the campaign, either. US intelligence services have concluded that Wikileaks got its hands on the Hillary Clinton and John Podesta e-mails via Russian intelligence, knowingly or not. If Assange knowingly coordinated with the Russians to get his hands on this data, then one has to wonder whether Stone knew it, and whether he briefed “senior Trump Campaign officials” on the provenance of the data. This potentially opens up another line of investigation by Robert Mueller and his special-counsel team.

But even if it doesn’t, it shows that “senior Trump Campaign officials” had some knowledge of the exploitation of illegal hacking before the exploit occurred. That may or may not put them in legal jeopardy even aside from “Russia collusion,” depending on just what Stone told them — and whether Mueller can get Stone to flip on that point. Regardless of whether it results in an indictment, the story laid out by prosecutors paints an ugly picture of a major-party presidential campaign playing footsie with overseas hackers attacking their opponents. At best.

At the moment, though, the White House’s biggest worry has to be whether Stone will turn into a cooperator now that the hammer has dropped. If convicted, Stone will end up spending a lot of time in federal prison, and probably not the Club Fed variety. Maybe there’s nothing else to tell. But if there is …

Update: Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “this has nothing to do with the president”:

Stone was a professional political consultant with other clients — but the indictment specifies his contacts with “senior Trump Campaign officials.” That may not mean the president himself; in any serious campaign, a guy like Stone wouldn’t be allowed within a hundred yards of the candidate. After the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, it’s tough to be confident that was the case in the Trump 2016 campaign.

Investigative Journalist Cardillo: ONLY CNN was Tipped Off on Stone Pre-Dawn Raid — Local Channels Had NO IDEA of Friday Raid

President Trump confidant Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Friday by dirty cop Robert Mueller.

Stone was arrested on a process crime and not Russian collusion.

The entire predawn raid of Roger Stone’s home was captured by the anti-Trump channel CNN.

CNN reporter David Shortell told CNN hosts he had an intuition to get to Roger Stone’s house and set up his camera crew before the pre-dawn raid.

Now this…

Investigative journalist John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer, called around this morning and found that ONLY CNN was tipped off about the raid.

This is a political persecution by Deep State operatives.

Only CNN was tipped off and they’re 25 minutes away from Miami.

Video shows armed FBI agents storming Roger Stone’s house

New video shows the moment Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime confidant, was taken into custody during a pre-dawn raid Friday carried out by armed FBI agents.

With their guns drawn, several agents stormed Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 6 a.m.

— pounding on the door and bellowing, “FBI! Open the door!” according to the footage obtained by CNN.

The dramatic moment was witnessed by former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson.

“FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog, I’ve only seen s–t like that in movies, crazy to start to my Friday,” he tweeted.

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Stone is facing multiple counts including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering related to his communications with WikiLeaks and information he’s alleged to have shared with the Trump campaign.

The charges stem from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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