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The indictment is pretty damning. Stone lied to Congress when he said he didn’t have any documentation of his communications with Wikileaks but the FBI found plenty of evidence that he did.
Is he guilty? Yes, probably. Is it related to collusion? No.
He did know about upcoming disclosures. I even remember him bragging about it at the time. Stone brought this on himself by running his mouth about it, even if discussing upcoming releases with Wikileaks isn’t a crime. He could’ve just said, “Yep, I have a buddy in Wikileaks who told me that they got some stuff on the DNC. We emailed each other about it and I told Trump about it.” He wouldn’t be indicted today if he’d told that to the House. Saying he didn’t is seriously the only thing he was indicted for.
As a reminder, Wikileaks (and Stone by extension) thought that the hacking was carried out by a Romanian hacker, not a Russian one. That’s why Stone wasn’t indicted for anything at the time the supposed Russian hackers were.
He’s being charged with obstructing justice in the pursuit of a Congressional inquiry into a non-crime that he did.
Stone can’t be defended here. That doesn’t mean I can’t complain about the obvious fact that only Trump associates get indicted for things like this. Christopher Steele, Comey, Lynch, Strzok, Page, and many others have criminal referrals from Congress hanging over their heads for lying to either the FBI or Congress or both. They don’t get charged. Only Trump’s associates do.
It makes it impossible for me to accept the validity of any of these indictments, even when the subject is clearly guilty, when there is such plain unequal enforcement of the law.
I mean, Stone is in trouble for secretly coordinating the release of confidential information to a journalistic outfit and lying about it, right? Does anyone else see the irony in how a CNN reporter just knew that he needed to be at Stone’s house an hour before he was arrested? Federal indictments are confidential too. Someone working in law enforcement, no less, leaked this to a journalist, illegally.
How did CNN get this video exclusively of Stone’s arrest? Did somone at the FBI or Team Mueller tip them off? Just curious.pic.twitter.com/fxdK2Bs6YH— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) January 25, 2019
Think anyone is going to get questioned about that? I don’t. I’ll say what I always say in these circumstances. Trump should just pardon absolutely everybody for everything surrounding the election. His associates and
There’s absolutely no justice that’s going to be served no matter what happens. The investigations are hopelessly tainted by politics and will never be viewed broadly by Americans as a pursuit of truth or justice. Even when it prosecutes someone with as damning evidence as there is against Roger Stone.