It’s been five days since Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a court filing revealing that he has proof that Roger Stone was conspiring with Russian government hackers during the election. It’s been two days since Stone made an Instagram post which appeared to call for the murder of his trial judge. Tomorrow morning, Stone will find out whether the judge is sending him straight to jail for it. But this evening, Stone is sending a clear sign that he knows it’s all over for him.
In fact, Roger Stone has literally put up a sign which sends that signal. That’s come in the form of a “for rent” sign that’s suddenly been posted outside his Fort Lauderdale home, according to the local Sun-Sentinel newspaper. Why does this matter? Stone is telling the newspaper that he’s moving into a smaller residence because his criminal defense costs have left him low on funds. Of course no one believes that, as Stone has been using the criminal case against him as a way to raise funds from Donald Trump’s supporters.
Considering the timing, it’s not difficult to figure out what’s really going on here. Roger Stone just realized that, even if the judge doesn’t revoke his bail tomorrow, it’s a matter of time before Stone’s increasingly reckless behavior gets him sent to jail. Days? Weeks? Take your pick. Stone will end up in a jail cell through the end of his trial, which could be a year or two away. He appears to be setting up his wife in an apartment, as opposed to their current giant and soon-to-be-empty house, for when she has to live alone without him.
This is a remarkable development. Roger Stone is rather clearly acknowledging that he knows it’s all over for him. Even if he has delusions about ultimately beating the criminal charges against him and avoiding a de facto life sentence in prison, he’s pretty darned sure he’s going to rot in jail for a couple years in the mean time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report