Robert Mueller’s witch hunt has focused in on one key ally of President Donald Trump.
For months, allegations have swirled that Roger Stone colluded with the Russians on the alleged email hacks against the Democrats in the 2016 Presidential election.
During the campaign, Stone bragged that he had a back channel to communicate with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through an intermediary.
That turned out to be New York City radio host Randy Credico.
Stone also attracted attention for an August tweet where he said it would soon be “the Podesta’s time in the barrel.”
When WikiLeaks released emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, journalists pointed to this tweet as evidence Stone had colluded with the Russians.
But Stone explained that he was referring to the “Podestas” plurally – John and his brother Tony – and that their shady business dealings would soon come to light.
That eventually happened when Tony’s lobbying firm – the Podesta Group – was forced to shut down because of the Mueller probe.
In addition, Stone admitted to exchanging twitter direct messages with the hacker Guccifer 2.0 who claimed to be a Romanian hacker who obtained emails from the Democrat National Committee.
Mueller eventually indicted 12 Russian nationals for committing the hacks and inventing the persona of Guccifer.
In his indictment of the Russians, the special counsel included a passage that referred to Stone’s communications with Guccifer.
Mueller wrote, “On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, wrote to a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, “thank u for writing back . . . do u find anyt[h]ing interesting in the docs I posted?” On or about August 17, 2016, the Conspirators added, “please tell me if i can help u anyhow . . . it would be a great pleasure to me.” On or about September 9, 2016, the Conspirators, again posing as Guccifer 2.0, referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, “what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign.” The person responded, “[p]retty standard.”
But Stone claimed vindication because Mueller did not indict him as some in the media had speculated.
Some journalists were convinced Stone had advanced knowledge of the hacked emails or somehow participated in their theft.
But no Americans were indicted for colluding with the Russians and Stone’s denials of collusion with the Russians in interviews over the last year held up as true.
The Daily Caller reports on their interview with Roger Stone:
Stone told TheDC he looked at the election model sent by Guccifer 2.0 and dismissed it immediately. “I passed it on to no one in the Trump campaign,” he said.
Stone continued, “As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content context and timing. This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today’s indictment.”
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in the Mueller witch hunt.