If you’re wondering how Donald Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone got connected with Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, that answer has been revealed in the form of a Republican operative in Florida. And if you’re wondering if Russian government hacking extended beyond merely rigging the election for Donald Trump and also rigged the election in favor of any House Republican candidates, that answer has now been confirmed as well.
That’s the word from a stunning new piece in the Wall Street Journal, which identifies Florida GOP operative Aaron Nevins as having been at the center of it all (link). After it was reported that Guccifer 2.0 had hacked the Democratic National Committee, it was Nevins who reached out to the Russian government hacker and asked for any stolen data that could help the Republicans in Florida House races. Nevins then published the information anonymously on a website.
It was also Nevins who reached out to his fellow Florida resident Roger Stone to make him aware of the stolen information. By Stone’s own admission, he ended up having repeated contacts with Guccifer 2.0, which has since made him a target of the Congressional committees that are now investigating Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s role in that election rigging. It’s not yet clear what will happen to Nevins, but one could reasonably expect him to end up being subpoena’d to testify before Congress.
This provides even more evidence for the multiple ongoing investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal, which are now being carried out concurrently by multiple House and Senate committees, the FBI, and newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It also casts a note of illegitimacy on any Republican candidates who won House races in Florida in 2016, as their victories were to some degree rigged by Russian government hackers. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report