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Special Counsel Indicts Roger Stone

January 25, 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted Roger Stone on Jan. 25, accusing the political consultant of making false statements, obstructing an official proceeding, and witness tampering.

Stone served briefly as an adviser to the Trump campaign in 2015 before being fired by then-candidate Donald Trump in August that year. Stone, who asserted that he resigned from the campaign, continued supporting Trump throughout 2016.

The special counsel alleges that Stone lied about his interactions with WikiLeaks to the House Intelligence Committee, according to the indictment (pdf). Stone also attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony and withhold information from the committee, the prosecutors said.

Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The indictment against Stone does not allege that Stone or anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Mueller has indicted several Trump-campaign associates but has not charged anyone for colluding with Russia

Starting in August 2016, Stone began claiming privately and publicly that he was communicating with WikiLeaks. In mid-August, WikiLeaks denied communicating with Stone. According to the indictment, Stone continued to speak publicly and with the Trump campaign about potential future releases by WikiLeaks.

From July 22, 2016, onward, WikiLeaks published troves of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The publication exposed that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral to its candidates, developed an animus against Bernie Sanders. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation shortly after the emails became public.

In the indictment, the special counsel alleges that Stone communicated with the Trump campaign and told campaign officials that WikiLeaks “had documents whose release would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign.” The indictment does not specify whether Stone’s communications occurred before or after the initial WikiLeaks release on July 22, alleging instead that he informed campaign officials “by in or around June and July 2016.”

After the July 22 release, the campaign reached out to Stone to determine if he had information about future WikiLeaks releases, the indictment alleges. Stone then communicated with his associates about getting more information on potential WikiLeaks releases.

The indictment details Stone’s communications about WikiLeaks but does not show whether Stone’s predictions about future releases were based on educated guesswork or actual intelligence he received from his associates.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 7, after WikiLeaks released emails stolen from Clinton-campaign chairman John Podesta, a high-ranking Trump campaign official emailed Stone to say “Well done.” Stone went on to boast that he had correctly predicted the Oct. 7 release.

In the months following the election, House and Senate intelligence committees opened investigations into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election. Stone testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 26, 2017. According to the indictment, Stone lied to lawmakers about not having any documents or communications concerning the hacked emails and WikiLeaks.

“So you have no emails to anyone concerning the allegations of hacked documents … or any discussions you have had with third parties about Julian Assange?” the committee asked Stone.

“That is correct,” Stone said. “Not to my knowledge.”

According to special counsel, Stone had dozens of text messages pertinent to that inquiry when he made that statement.

The prosecutors also charged Stone for lying to the committee about his public statements in early August 2016, his attempt to reach out to WikiLeaks, as well his communications with an intermediary, and the Trump campaign.

Mueller also alleges that Stone attempted to persuade another witness, radio host Randy Credico, to provide false testimony to the committee. According to the indictment, Credico initially pushed back against Stone’s attempts, telling Stone that his testimony was false and that he should correct it.

After the committee contacted the Credico for testimony, Stone attempted to persuade Credico to either claim not to remember specific facts or to assert the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

“‘Stonewall it. Plead the fifth,” Stone wrote in a text message to Credico.

Stone continued his campaign to persuade Credico to plead the Fifth Amendment and ultimately succeeded. Credico informed the committee on Dec. 12, 2017, that he would not testify and invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege.

Credico and Stone would go on to have discussions about ongoing investigations. The alliance between the two started deteriorated in December 2017, according to communications detailed in the indictment. Stone tried to persuade Credico not to talk to investigators and the FBI, the messages detailed in the indictment suggests.

“I’m not talking to the FBI and if your [sic] smart you won’t either,” Stone wrote to Credico on Dec. 24, 2017.

NO DIRECT CONTACT WITH ASSANGE ALLEGED IN STONE INDICTMENT

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone alleges no direct contact with Wikileaks head Julian Assange.

Mueller’s indictment of Stone, however, does vindicate his longstanding claim that radio host and associate Randy Credico was his main conduit of information regarding Wikileaks. The indictment lists several text message exchanges in which Credico provides Stone with information on possible impending releases of damaging information by Wikileaks.

The indictment at no point lists any direct contact between Stone and Assange or Wikileaks, though new information could come to light in future filings against him.

Stone’s alleged contact with Wikileaks and Assange was a subject of serious inquiry for the special counsel, and has been the focus of rank speculation since the 2016 presidential election. Stone’s detractors long suspected that he was in direct contact with Assange during the 2016 presidential election, and helped coordinate releases of damaging information on Hillary Clinton with the Trump 2016 campaign.

Stone has been dogged by accusations of coordination or collusion with Wikileaks since he made statements in August 2016 that he was in “communication” with Assange and in October 2016 that he had a “back channel” of communication with the WikiLeaks founder.

“Roger Stone is vindicated by the fact there was no Russian collusion,” Stone’s attorney said in a Friday morning statement, adding to The Daily Caller News Foundation that “they couldn’t find collusion, so they’re trying to get him on an immaterial charge.” (RELATED: Roger Stone: I Would Never Testify Against The President)

Stone also alluded to several associates, some of them within the Trump campaign, that he was a special conduit to Wikileaks and Assange, referencing his “friend” in London. Stone also sought to direct associate Jerome Corsi to tell an associate to try and make contact with Assange. Much of Stone’s information he relayed to associates, however, is explained by information Credico provided to him, including a direct heads up about impending release of information.

In one case, Credico texted Stone about information expected in October, with the indictment reading “big news Wednesday … now pretend u don’t know me … Hillary’s campaign will die this week.” In the days preceding these messages, the press had reported that the head of Organization 1 planned to make a public announcement on or about Tuesday, October 4, 2016, which was reported to be the ten-year anniversary of the founding of Organization 1.”

Was CNN Tipped Off By FBI Ahead Of Stone Arrest?

01/25/2019

Update: In resposne to a Friday tweet by President Trump over “who alerted CNN to be there?” the network said that their “ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events. That’s called journalism”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?

CNN Communications
@CNNPR

CNN’s ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events. That’s called journalism. https://cnn.it/2Td8Mv2

The pre-dawn arrest of former Trump adviser Roger Stone in connection with the Mueller investigation has many scratching their heads over how it went down. Not only did the FBI surprise Stone at 6am Friday morning with a knock on his door – as opposed to simply notifying his attorney and letting Stone turn himself in, but CNN was there to film the entire thing going down. 

This begs the question; did the FBI tip off CNN ahead of Stone’s dramatic takedown?

Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren certainly thought so on first take, tweeting: “CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger Stone…so FBI obviously tipped off CNN…even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone;quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested.”

Greta Van Susteren
@greta

CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger Stone…so FBI obviously tipped off CNN…even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone;quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested

Jack Posobiec 

@JackPosobiec

The FBI special ops-style predawn raid of Roger Stone for process crimes and the tipoff of CNN is a sad day for America

CNN is literally on the side of the police state left

Perp walks are a feature of witch hunts

Glenn Greenwald
@ggreenwald

It’s possible this tip-off came from FBI rather than Mueller’s office, but either way, nobody should be comfortable having law enforcement engineer with media outlets the filming of someone’s arrest at their home like a reality TV circus. But it’s Roger Stone, so few will care.

Greta Van Susteren

@greta

CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger Stone…so FBI obviously tipped off CNN…even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone;quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested

CNN claims that they staked out Stone’s house based on “unusual grand jury activity in Washington yesterday” along with other information
Paul Joseph Watson
@PrisonPlanet

CNN producer David Shortell admitted that he was “waiting” outside Roger Stone’s house at 5am, an hour before FBI agents and police arrived to arrest the former Donald Trump associate. https://www.infowars.com/cnn-producer-admits-he-was-waiting-outside-roger-stones-house-an-hour-before-arrest/ 

Van Susteren, upon further reflection, acknowledged that there were others would could have tipped off CNN, including Stone himself.
Greta Van Susteren
@greta

Upon reflection, there are others who could have tipped off CNN …others knew, maybe even Stone suspected it and tippped them off…as an aside, if I worked for a news org and had the tip, I would have sent cameras

Trumpster@BlaineCurtis8

Remarkable interview just days before his arrest. Did Mr Stone sense this was coming? who tipped off CNN.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbAYCPQuiQM 

Meanwhile, many are questioning the decision to conduct a “heavy raid” on Stone for lying to Congress, while others connected to the Trump campaign such as Paul Manafort have been allowed to simply turn themselves in.
Alexander Bruesewitz@alexanderbruz

Roger Stone committed process crimes. Nothing Burger.
Also, who in Mueller’s gang tipped @CNN about raid? How’d they know to send camera?

Barry Butler@barrybutler2008

Just shows me it’s all about the theatrics. I’m sure if Stone’s lawyers were notified of his arrest, he would have turned himself in. The same for Manafort. I don’t thing Shock and Awe works in these cases.

Jack Posobiec
@JackPosobiec

Roger Stone indicted for lying to Congress
James Clapper is a CNN commentator on national security after blatantly lying to Congress about mass surveillance of American citizens

CNN considers him an expert