As FBI closes in, Donald Trump writes off his longtime close friend Roger Stone as a “hanger-on”

Just how poorly did today’s House Intelligence Committee hearings go for Donald Trump? After FBI Director James Comey testified that the FBI has an ongoing investigation into the role that Russia and the Donald Trump campaign may have played in rigging the election, Trump used his spokesman to begin belittling all of his campaign advisers who are believed to be suspects in the investigation. Among them: Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone.

By all accounts, Donald Trump and Roger Stone have been close personal friends for the better part of their lives. Stone served as an informal campaign adviser to Trump during the election. Stone also now admits that he had repeated contact with Guccifer 2.0, the Russian government hacker who stole emails from the Democratic National Committee and released them at a time which strategically benefited Donald Trump.

Roger Stone insists he committed no crime in the process of communicating with the Russian hacker, but the Senate Intelligence Committee instructed him this week not to destroy evidence, strongly suggesting he’s a target of their investigation. And after FBI Director Comey publicly revealed today just how serious his agency’s investigation into the Trump campaign is, suddenly Trump wants to throw everyone under the bus. It wasn’t surprising to see hired hands like Michael Flynn and Carter Page go under that bus. But the inclusion of Roger Stone was stunning, considering that Stone recently published a book about the Trump campaign which includes a glowing quote from Trump on the front cover.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who speaks on Donald Trump’s behalf, wrote off Roger Stone and Carter Page as both having been nothing more than a campaign “hanger-on” in his briefing immediately after Comey’s testimony. Spicer also claimed that Trump has been sending cease and desist letters to Page and Stone (source: Mother Jones). Roger Stone has long tried to publicly position himself as having played a key role in getting Trump elected. Yet now Trump is publicly belittling one of his own closest lifelong friends by writing him off as a mere “hanger-on.” It’s a sign of just how thoroughly Trump feels the FBI walls closing in on himself. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Rey Lafontaine on April 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

    As a Canadian observer of US POLITICS I’m shocked by WH since Trump inauguration. It looks like WH is infiltrated by Russian operatives to destroy American democracy and it’s electoral structure.I’m appalled by Trump’s bigotries becoming the norm when in fact a new months ago such behaviour was in fact unacceptable?”Unpresidented at best”. These behaviours and appointments of filthyrich thugs is troubling.Most have a “fraudulent past”issues without any political views or values other than advancing their own agendas.American politics are becoming a farce to international community?Trump’s arrogance towards German Merkel was outrageous and classless in my view. WH integrity is at risk under Trump and Russian INVASION.Looks like FBI/CIA are even at risk,very disturbing at very least.My hope is for our AMerican friends will to find a peacefully resolve soon rather than later.Damage already done will be difficult to undo.Good luck,cuz we care,wishing you all the very best.

    • Gail Williams on April 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I am sharing your comment if is O.K. I fear for the survival of our country and our ordinary citizens, My Republican acquaintances are victims of the propaganda cult of Fox Cable ‘News’ and other billionaire outlets they still believe in Donald Trump who has been a con artist all of his life and has already done so much harm to our citizens!

      • Claudia Groh on April 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

        I agree
        But I do believe the electoral college was bought. As he was loosing and reaction of winning, was zip none! Very expected.
        I do believe it was stolen and most Americans knew better to not want him.
        He and all his picks are not what is best for America, and they do want to collapse our democracy, and yet everyone in Congress, Senate, are trying to keep it! Scared to force their hand.

        I keep asking over and over , if Trump is outed, along with all the others for phony election,.. to other issues, and that means most of the cabinet picks,. The house will collapse, unless we do another quick election or give it to the correct winner? Or
        Do we put a military person in office as good lord not one Republican from who I see is ideal, and who would trust them after this bullshit! Trump certainly made Republicans not worthy.
        What is taking so long! If it was anyone else without money, they would be arrested, and jailed, waiting for hearing by court! Why are they so different?
        I’m certain there is enough crap on each to send them to hotel Guantanamo!
        I really do not believe they don’t have the facts or proof to not act!

    • Cheryl Viuhkola-Pelletier on April 22, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Thank you. Those of us with a functioning brain stem are horrified that this is happening.

  2. Mikell Werder on April 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

    The American people deserve to know the complete truth. Most people know he is an illegitimate president and want him out! He is ignorant concerning everything he should know about being president or even a decent person!

  3. Von Mccray on April 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

    For certain the SWAMP is not drained, if anything, new prey is added! A giant vacuum will suck them all up, Trump included!

  4. Dino on May 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    He has never done anything to help anyone but himself….why the poor and middle class Republicans picked him is so out of the realm of sanity…even after the healthcare bill proved they don’t give a shit they still back him …it’s going to take one of their children getting horribly sick (I don’t wish on anyone)and the child dying while trump and his buddies get millions in tax breaks

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