When Donald Trump’s longtime pal Roger Stone was facing pressure from investigators several months ago to reveal the identity of his self-admitted “backchannel” with WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, Stone coughed up the name of Randy Credico. In response Credico reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid having to testify. But now Credico is speaking up very publicly about the matter, and he’s outright accusing Stone of having committed felony perjury.
It was recently reported by The Atlantic that Roger Stone was communicating directly with WikiLeaks rather than using a backchannel intermediary (link), which would mean that Stone committed felony perjury when he told Congress that he had only been communicating with WikiLeaks through Credico. This afternoon Credico appeared on the Ari Melber show on MSNBC and asserted that he was not Stone’s backchannel. So what does this all mean?
In short, it means that either Randy Credico is lying about Roger Stone right now, or Roger Stone committed a felony by lying under oath to Congress. We don’t know how much credibility to give to Credico’s word here, as he doesn’t have enough of a track record in this scandal to have demonstrated his level of honesty one way or the other. Credico’s claim is, however, backed up by The Atlantic’s reporting. Stone, on the other hand, has changed his story enough times that we give no weight to his claims. What may be more important here is what Credico is telling Robert Mueller behind the scenes.
We already know that Roger Stone’s friend Sam Nunberg has recently testified before a Trump-Russia grand jury. Last week the Washington Post reported that Robert Mueller had obtained the cooperation of not just Nunberg but also another unnamed Stone associate (link). Palmer Report pointed out at the time that Randy Credico was the most likely candidate (link). Based on Credico’s own words today on MSNBC, it now appears very likely that he’s cooperating with Mueller against Roger Stone, whose indictment and arrest now seems inevitable.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report