Get me Roger Stone! (Updated)

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I have wanted to see long-time GOP ratfucker Roger Stone in prison since his Watergate days. That a creature so vile and devoid of any human decency has been allowed to practice his dark arts freely for so long with impunity is a blot on the American justice system.

But my faith has been restored this morning! Roger Stone Arrested in Mueller Investigation Into Trump Campaign:

Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, was charged as part of the special counsel investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks, the organization behind the release of thousands of stolen Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign, in an indictment unsealed Friday.

Mr. Stone was charged with seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering, according to the special counsel’s office.

Read the Stone Indictment (.pdf).

Before dawn on Friday, F.B.I. agents arrested Mr. Stone at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and he was expected to appear in a federal courthouse there later in the morning.

The indictment is the first in months by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump campaign associates.

Mr. Stone, a self-described dirty trickster who has spent decades plying the dark arts of scandal-mongering and dirty tricks to help influence American political campaigns, has long maintained that he had no connection to Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. He sometimes seemed to taunt American law enforcement agencies, daring them to find hard evidence to link him to the Russian meddling campaign.

According to the indictment, Trump campaign officials contacted Mr. Stone during the summer of 2016 about future releases from WikiLeaks,suggesting that Mr. Trump’s campaign knew about the stolen emails before they were released. (“Collusion”).

[T]he special counsel’s investigators spent months encircling Mr. Stone, renewing scrutiny about his role during the 2016 presidential race. Investigators interviewed former Trump campaign advisers and several of his associates about Mr. Stone’s fund-raising during the campaign and his contacts with WikiLeaks.

Three senior Trump campaign officials have told Mr. Mueller’s team that Mr. Stone created the impression that he was a conduit for inside information from WikiLeaks, according to people familiar with their witness interviews. One of them told investigators that Mr. Stone not only seemed to predict WikiLeaks’ actions, but also that he took credit afterward for the timing of its disclosures that damaged Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

In social media posts and numerous interviews before the 2016 election, Mr. Stone indicated that he had advance knowledge that a trove of information damaging to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign might be about to spill into public view, and even suggested that he had personally spoken to the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

Read the Emails: The Trump Campaign and Roger Stone.

Mr. Stone has changed his story in the months since, saying that he was not actually speaking to Mr. Assange and that he had no direct knowledge that Russians were responsible for the Democratic hacking. Still, it was revealed last year that, in the weeks before the election, Mr. Stone was messaging on Twitter with Guccifer 2.0, a pseudonym used by one or more operatives in the Russian intelligence scheme to steal the emails and funnel them to WikiLeaks.

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The tumultuous relationship between Mr. Stone and Mr. Trump goes back decades, with Mr. Stone acting as an informal adviser to Mr. Trump as he considered running for president several times. When Mr. Trump formally announced during the spring of 2015 that he was running for president, Mr. Stone was one of the first members of the team, but within months, he had a public dispute with Mr. Trump and left the campaign.

The two men have remained close, though, speaking often by telephone.

It seems pretty obvious that Julian Assange and Wikileaks will also be indicted, if they have not already been indicted. Wikileaks sues to unseal charges against founder Julian Assange:

Assange has long speculated that he has been charged secretly in the U.S. His fears appeared to have been confirmed in November after prosecutors, in an errant court filing in an unrelated case, inadvertently revealed the existence of sealed charges. The Associated Press and other media organizations later reported that Assange is indeed facing unspecified charges under seal.

The charges against Roger Stone for witness tampering also portend similar charges being filed against Donald Trump for his witness intimidation of his former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen and his father-in-law.

This development is likely to dominate the news today.

UPDATE: The FBI executed search warrants at Roger Stone’s Florida home and at his New York residence, according to Kristin Davis who shares the duplex with Roger, CNN reported early Friday.

Stone was released on a $250,000 signature bond and immediately turned his court appearance into a media circus. The right-wing will try to portray this asshole as some kind of hero.

UPDATE: The New York Times today has a detailed interactive timeline of Donald Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisers having had more than 100 contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, before his inauguration. Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration:

Knowledge of these interactions is based on New York Times reporting, documents submitted to Congress, and court records and accusations related to the special counsel investigating foreign interference in the election.

Among these contacts are more than 100 in-person meetings, phone calls, text messages, emails and private messages on Twitter. Mr. Trump and his campaign repeatedly denied having such contacts with Russians during the 2016 election.

This is a road map of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

FACT CHECKING TRUMP TROLLS: CNN was on the scene to capture footage of Roger Stone being arrested at his Florida home. So naturally, Donald Trump and his sycophant media pundits and his legion of Trump trolls devised a new conspiracy theory: CNN was tipped off, possibly by the FBI itself.

Sorry, no. Trump baselessly implies CNN was tipped off to Roger Stone’s indictment. CNN explains it was just good reporting.

CNN denied this, with the network instead citing “determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events.”

In fact, CNN’s David Shortell had reported on air that a crew from the network staked out Stone’s home because of “reporter’s instinct,” with the network having flagged some grand jury activity on Thursday and anticipating a possible indictment for Stone. CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz had explained on Don Lemon’s show the night before that they noticed Mueller was convening a grand jury on a Thursday, which is not typical. “This could give us a big clue that perhaps something is coming,” Prokupecz said, adding that the stepson of Jerome Corsi, an associate of Stone’s, had just recently testified.

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy on Friday criticized Trump for spreading this “baseless” conspiracy theory, adding, “Color me shocked!”

The usual suspect Trump Trolls are also spreading this “baseless” conspiracy theory.





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10 COMMENTS

  1. So much for the left’s indignant outrage over the militarization of the police. You give three cheers for a pre-dawn SWAT team raid on the home of a 66 year old man with no weapons permits or history of violence who is only charged with process crimes. Also a man who was swiftly released on his own signature to return to court.

    And speaking of “immediately turned his court appearance into a media circus,” how about the fact that a CNN crew were allowed to take part in this dangerous high-risk SWAT raid? Any criticism of Mueller for that or are you also a fan of “perp walks?”

    You are such a hypocrite.

        • Please explain why you are saying the FBI and CNN were working together when this is clearly a lie meant to defame law enforcement.

          We’re all hoping you were just mistaken and not a liar.

        • How about this?

          https://www.infowars.com/alex-jones-roger-stone-train-for-civil-war-at-gun-range/

          Such a pacifist this Stone guy is!

          Hey, remember when Trump said on the campaign trail that if he won it would be okay for LEO’s to rough up suspects? He said they wouldn’t need to push an arrestees head down when putting them in a car, they could just smash his head against the roof.

          Goodness, but don’t you look like the hypocrite.

          For the record, Stone said yesterday that the FBI was courtesy and professional, then he went on about your CCN conspiracy, knowing that while it’s been dunked, feeble minded people will believe anything.

          And I know full well you stopped answering me because you always look foolish, but I feel a patriotic duty to point out to anyone who searches for your comments to see that you are indeed foolish.

    • Please start reading the publicly available warrants/indictments/court filings.

      Stone threatened to kill people.

      It’s in emails and texts.

      He even threatened to kill someone’s dog, because it’s all a witch hunt and that’s what witches do, right?

      And your little dog, too?

      If someone makes violent threats, you treat them accordingly.

      And he was swiftly released on a $250,000.00 signature bond.

      CNN was onsite because in the week leading up to the arrest, there were there were reports that Stone was telling his friends he lived in fear on Friday’s, because he was expecting the FBI, and on Thursday before, there was a rare grand jury working, something that in the past has been prelude to an arrest.

      You would know these things if you weren’t spending all day watching Faux News. The CNN reporter took an educated guess and it paid off.

      You are spreading right wing propaganda and spin. CNN did not participate in an arrest, they were doing journalism.

      You claim to be a former LEO and teach some LEO classes, yet you do not take three minutes to read the warrants/indictments/court filings, you just parrot Hannity and call other people names.

      Here’s some names, you’re lazy, incompetent, incurious, and a disgrace to our beautiful state.

    • How did CNN know to stake out Stone’s home?

      Clue #1 – Roger Stone live in fear of Friday’s.
      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/roger-stone-lives-in-fear-and-spends-his-fridays-waiting-to-be-hauled-off-to-jail-cnn/

      Stone Tells Friends He Expects to Be Indicted
      Clue #2 – https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/roger-stone-pal-jerome-corsi-says-mueller-planning-indict-him-n935436

      Clue #3 – Rare Thursday Grand Jury
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conservative-writer-jerome-corsi-says-mueller-has-summoned-his-stepson-to-testify-before-grand-jury/2019/01/14/960a9d7c-181f-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_story.html?utm_term=.a1927f828b46

      From a Source you probably trust but shouldn’t…
      https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/01/25/cnn-reporters-instinct-helped-us-guess-exactly-when-to-camp-outside-roger-stones-house/

      Threats by Stone to Kill People and Animals
      “The indictment states: ‘On or about April 9, 2018, STONE wrote in an email to Person 2, ‘You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends-run your mouth my lawyers are dying Rip you to shreds.’

      ‘STONE also said he would ‘take that dog away from you,’ referring to Person 2’s dog. On or about the same day, STONE wrote to Person 2, ‘I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive].” ”

      So there’s the man you feel such empathy for, a man threatening his friends with death and even stooping to threaten his pet.

      Stop spreading misinformation and learn some facts, please, you are in public and you represent our State.

      There a reason people call them Mueller Friday’s. This was not a mystery.

    • Hey, you should also learn about who you’re defending.

      “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black%2C_Manafort%2C_Stone_and_Kelly”

      Stone and Manafort have done work for some very bad people.

      Stone and his wife were also well known in the swinging community, enjoying group sex and all matter of fun.

      I’m not judging, whatever floats your boat, I’m just surprised to see State Senator John Kavanagh defending what many in his party would call perverted behavior.

      Stone is scum, he is not a sad old man, he’s been bragging about being scum for decades and it’s finally caught up to him.

    • Also odd that you defend a man who spent years doing lobbying and PR for murderous dictators during his time at Black, Manafort and Stone, (don’t be lazy, look it up), and a man who is a bit on the kinky side.

      “In 1996, Stone resigned from a post as a consultant on Senator Bob Dole’s campaign for president after The National Enquirer wrote that Stone had placed ads and pictures in racy swingers’ publications and a website seeking sexual partners for himself and his second wife, Nydia Bertran Stone, whom he married in Las Vegas in 1992. Stone initially denied the report….In a 2008 interview with The New Yorker Stone admitted that the ads were authentic.”

      So that sad old man you’re defending takes blood money and likes to share his wife with other men.

      I’m not shaming him for that, whatever floats your boat, I’m just surprised to see State Senator John Kavanagh supporting someone like that.

    • Hey John, if the FBI did coordinate with CNN, why doesn’t Trump call up the FBI and ask them who authorized it?

      Don’t answer, we already know, it never happened.

      That, or Trump is too stupid to know he’s the boss of the FBI.

      I do not for a second believe you were ever in law enforcement, you don’t read indictments, you don’t understand how law enforcement or courts work, and you have conspiracy level ideas.

      Maybe you’re a bot.

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