After having kept a low profile in the two months since his driver cut a cooperating plea deal, Roger Stone has suddenly inserted himself into a Republican Party scandal tonight – just as the news broke that the DOJ has a had a January 6th grand jury targeting Trump world for the past two months. Not likely a coincidence.
What does Stone hope to gain by anointing himself Madison Cawthorn’s spokesman and accusing Kevin McCarthy of lying about what Cawthorn said to him? That’s not clear, beyond just how bonkers it is for Stone to have inserted himself into this mess. Maybe Stone wants the distraction. Maybe Stone is just scared by the news, and he’s comforted by drawing attention to himself in a way that allows him to pretend he’s still influential within the party. Whatever it is, it won’t somehow magically save Stone from what’s coming.
With the cooperating plea deal in place, it was already difficult to imagine Stone not getting indicted. But the news of the grand jury means he’ll almost certainly end up indicted. And this time there’s no one to save him.
Roger Stone can play all the silly games he wants with the Cawthorn scandal and such. If anything it feels like a cry for help from Stone, who for the first time in his life appears to have finally been truly cornered. He can either go to prison or he can flip on Donald Trump. And he knows it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report