Donald Trump’s longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone may have just found a way to make things even worse for them both. After Stone initially claimed he’d barely had any contact with Russian government hacker collective Guccifer 2.0, he then blurted out a week ago that the hacker was a woman. Rather than trying to explain how he could have known that, Stone appeared on the Bill Maher show last night and proceeded to dig a deeper hole.
During the election, Roger Stone made predictions on Twitter which made clear he had advance knowledge of the emails that were stolen from Donald Trump’s Democratic opposition. He also admitted to communicating with WikiLeaks, which released the emails. But he long denied any contact with the Russian hackers themselves, until his Twitter direct messages with Guccifer 2.0 were exposed by The Smoking Gun (link). He then admitted to the contact, but claimed it as so minimal and incidental that he’d forgotten about it.
Then last weekend Stone slipped up and referred to the hacker as “her” while appearing on ABC News, inadvertently revealing that he knew enough about his Guccifer contact to know her gender (). Even after the slip-up made headlines, he never did try to explain it away. But this weekend, Stone appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show and tried incidentally referring to Guccifer as a man instead.
Nice try. The cat’s already out of the bag. Roger Stone has a familiar enough relationship with the Guccifer 2.0 Russian government hacking collective that he’s already revealed his point of contact with the group is a woman. His failure to properly explain this away when it first came to light, followed by his new attempt at pretending the person is a man, merely makes things worse. People who keep changing their story tend to have something to hide. Stone knew and communicated with, and possibly conspired with, the Russian election hackers. So what did Trump know and when did he know it? Contribute to Palmer Report
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