Based on grand jury proceedings, it’s already become clear that Donald Trump’s oldest friend Roger Stone will soon be indicted and arrested for his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Today we learned that Stone’s role in the election rigging scandal was even more integral – and more criminal – than previously known. Suffice it to say that once the news broke, Trump didn’t take it particularly well, revealing how much these latest events are scaring him.
Roger Stone is now confessing to the Washington Post that, while he was a Trump campaign adviser during the election, he met with a Russian who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. The Russian ended up wanting $2 million in exchange for the information, and Stone ultimately took a pass. But the mere fact that Stone sought this dirt is a crime in and of itself.
Stone is also claiming that the Russian in question was an FBI informant who was trying to set him up, but this claim doesn’t hold water for a number of reasons. It’s fairly clear that Stone knows he’s about to be indicted and arrested for this meeting, and he’s trying to preemptively spin it in advance. Various news outlets have confirmed that Robert Mueller’s grand jury has recently interviewed several of Stone’s closest associates and underlings, meaning that Stone will be indicted and arrested soon. Trump revealed that he’s none too pleased with any of this.
Shortly after the Roger Stone news broke, Donald Trump launched into a Twitter tirade about the Washington Post and its owner Jeff Bezos. In his panic, Trump appears to have mistakenly believed that the Post was the one who broke the story about Stone, as opposed to Stone confessing about the meeting to the Post. In any case, it’s clear that Stone is going down soon, and Trump is worried about what Stone will do once he’s arrested. They’ve known each other’s darkest secrets for a very long time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report