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Roger Stone Was Asked About a Trump Pardon. Reports Show His Answer Wasn’t True.


Roger Stone declared Friday afternoon in Florida that he will be “vindicated” and that he will fight Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering charges in court. After saying there was “no circumstance” in which he would “bear false witness” against President Donald Trump, calling himself one of Trump’s “oldest friends,” Stone was asked about the prospect of a pardon.

“If you are convicted do you think the President will pardon you?” he was asked.

“The only person I have advocated a pardon for is Marcus Garvey,” Stone replied.

The issue here is that there has already been reporting that Stone actively sought to secure a “blanket pardon” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published DNC internal emails that were allegedly hacked in 2016 by Russian military intelligence officers and sought by Stone through Randy Credico.

Mother Jones was the first to report on this in Oct. 2018. If you are skeptical about the source, consider that the right-leaning Washington Examiner subsequently confirmed the reporting:

The messages were obtained by Mother Jones, which reported Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is investigating Stone’s push for a pardon. Stone, who has not been publicly charged with a crime in the Russia investigation, confirmed the pardon effort to the Washington Examiner.

“I never communicated directly to the President but did mail him my DAILY CALLER piece and I did urge my friend Andrew Napolitano to write to him,” Stone said in an email to the Washington Examiner.

Key words: Stone “confirmed the pardon effort to the Washington Examiner.

The text in question that was sent from Stone to Credico read as follows: “I am working with others to get JA a blanket pardon. It’s very real and very possible. Don’t fuck it up.”

“Something very big about to go down,” he added.

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.