Donald Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone has long been believed to be under investigation by the Feds for his role in the Trump-Russia collusion scandal. But Stone has always blown this off, using his Twitter account to arrogantly hurl personal insults at those tasked with investigating him. Yet today, Stone posted a surprisingly resigned tweet in which he seemed to acknowledge that he now thinks his friend Trump is going down.
Here’s what Roger Stone tweeted today: “Saddest day in US History. Aug 9. The last coup. History repeating itself as Deep State moves to take down Real Donald Trump” (link). Stone almost certainly referring to August 9th, 1974, when his personal hero Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal. Stone had worked on Nixon’s criminal 1972 campaign but managed to avoid prosecution.
Stone doesn’t specify what has led him to the conclusion that history is repeating and that Trump is going down like Nixon went down. But today’s key news event was that the FBI raided Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s home in order to seize evidence in relation to the Trump-Russia scandal. So it’s possible that Stone has now concluded that the Special Counsel investigation is now too far along for Trump’s presidency to survive it.
Not that Roger Stone seems to think he himself is going down in the scandal. Shortly after his tweet about Trump going down, Stone tweeted that he was “feasting on Russian caviar and laughing about what an asshole Robert Mueller is” (link). Of course Mueller, the FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee – all of whom are believed to be investigating Stone for allegedly colluding with a Russian election hacker on Trump’s behalf – may have something to say about that in the end.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report