troll strategist Roger Stone briefly worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before getting “terminated” after a few weeks, despite being a long-time friend and associate of Trump. However, despite his “termination,” Stone continued to be informally linked to the campaign through election day.
By all accounts, and this is just my opinion, it seems Stone’s official role with the campaign was “terminated” so that he’d have the ability to still “work” for them in rather unethical ways, while Trump could deny any association with his comments or behavior. Especially when you look at Stone operating as a staunchly “pro-Trump advocate” as he always has been.
While all the stories surrounding Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and the growing list of Russia ties to Trump are issues that everyone should still be talking about, based on rational common sense, Stone is the person who could truly prove that there was collusion between Trump and Russian officials during the campaign.
1. Donald Trump and Roger Stone already have a history of shady, dishonest attempts to undermine the system to go after an opponent/competitor: A story I covered that I felt should have been a much bigger deal involved a report from the Los Angeles Times about a situation back in 2000, when Trump was caught creating a fake anti-gambling organization that used blatant racism to slander a Native American tribe with the hopes that doing so would prevent the tribe from being allowed to build a competing casino.
In that report, Trump approved of propaganda put together by Stone to paint the Native American tribe as “violent criminals, drug dealers, smugglers, and human traffickers.” Eventually an investigation found that Trump was behind the organization. He was then ordered to issue a public apology and pay a $250,000 fine. While Trump was the “mastermind” behind this operation, evidence seems to indicate that Stone was the guy doing his “dirty work.”
2. Roger Stone tweeted about John Podesta’s emails weeks before anyone knew they had been hacked: Wikileaks didn’t begin dumping Podesta’s emails until October 7th. So, how did Stone seemingly know he would soon be “in the barrel” way back on August 21st when he sent out this tweet:
Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 21, 2016
Of all the people Stone could have said would be “in the barrel,” he just happened to bring up John Podesta — weeks before anyone knew his emails had been hacked? How naive does someone have to be to believe he knew nothing about these emails? Especially considering the next two points.
3. Roger Stone admitted to having “back-channel” contact with Wikileaks: I’m not kidding, he actually admitted having communication with Julian Assange back in October:
I do have a back-channel communication with Assange, because we have a good mutual friend. That friend travels back and forth from the United States to London and we talk. I had dinner with him last Monday.
Stone is trying to claim despite having a contact with Assange, and seemingly foreshadowing prior knowledge of Wikileaks having Podesta’s emails, that he was just as shocked as the rest of us when Wikileaks began dumping them back in October? Really?
But it gets worse.
4. Roger Stone just admitted to contact with the hacker who launched a cyber attack against the United States that our intelligence officials believe was Russian agents actively trying to undermine our election to help Trump: Now we have a guy closely linked with Trump, who has a history of working “in the shadows” for him, admitting to having contact with both Wikileaks and the Russian agents U.S. intelligence says were behind the attack on the DNC and Hillary Clinton.
Oh, he also recently sent out another tweet admitting he had a “perfectly legal back channel” to Wikileaks — then deleted that tweet. You know, because people like Stone delete tweets like that when they have nothing to hide concerning “perfectly legal” contact with an organization at the heart of a scandal concerning Russia helping Trump get elected, right?
If you ask me, and we still have a long way to go before we know for certain, Stone seems to be someone who could have very likely been a non-campaign-affiliated contact funneling information between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. He’s a radical, bottom-feeding individual, with a known history of highly unethical behavior, who just happened to have contact with both Wikileaks and the Russian hackers behind the illegally hacked information that was being dumped — who also just happens to be one of Trump’s most trusted confidants.
Are Trump supporters really so gullible that they’d think a deplorable, vile human being like Stone had this access to Wikileaks and the Russian hackers, and also seemingly foreshadowed Podesta’s email dump when no one knew his emails had been compromised, but his communication was completely innocent?
Yes we still need solid proof, but based on what I’m seeing and basic common sense, I absolutely believe Stone was discussing this information with Wikileaks and the Russian hackers (possibly using intermediaries of his own), then feeding that information to people linked to Trump’s campaign.
As I’ve been saying for weeks, I think it’s just a matter of “when” not “if” this Russia scandal catches up with the Trump administration. And if you ask me, Roger Stone is a name that should be at the forefront of every discussion concerning Trump’s possible ties to collusion with the Russian government.