Roger Stone’s star in the ascendant

Roger Stone’s name is becoming better known and is now being mentioned frequently, not only in the media but also on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Alex Jones reported that Stone was en route from his home in Fort Lauderdale to promote his book in Orlando when the car he was riding in was t-boned. This happened in nearby Pompano Beach. The driver of the car that hit him drove off. It took police over an hour to arrive. Stone later went to hospital — that’s twice now in two months’ time — and was released. His sight in one eye, previously operated on, has been adversely affected and he had a bruise on his chin.

CBS4 in Miami reported:

“They just came at us full force,” Stone told CBS4 News. “The driver then threw it in reverse and took off” …

“Out of nowhere we were T-boned essentially by a late model 4-door what I’m now told was a Pontiac,” he said.

Stone said he was a passenger in the car and that the airbags deployed on his side and prevented him from being more seriously injured.

“I’m bruised but I’m OK,” he said, adding his vision is blurry.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed there was a hit-and-run crash at the time and location described by Stone …

The report states that a deputy was not dispatched to the accident until 11:56 a.m. – more than 70 minutes after the crash. The deputy arrived on the scene at 11:59 a.m.

The report makes no mention of Stone being a passenger in the vehicle.

Stone said the reason he was not listed as a passenger was because he left the scene when it became clear that a deputy was not being dispatched right away. Stone said after waiting a half hour he called an Uber to take him home while the driver of the car stayed behind.

CBS4 News also spoke to the driver of the car, John Kakanis, who works as an aide to Stone on his book tour. He said Stone was in the passenger seat of the car at the time of the accident. He said he can’t recall if he told the deputy that Stone was in the car.

“I was pretty shaken,” he said.

Kakanis said he believed the car that hit him – a grey, four-door sedan, with tinted windows – did so deliberately.

“It looked kind of intentional,” he said …

The incident report shows there was extensive damage to the passenger side of Kakanis’ car and that it had to be towed from the scene.

Stone claimed it was the second attempt on his life in the past six months. Stone previously claimed he was poisoned with polonium and became ill but recovered.

“I believe I was poisoned back around Christmas,” he said. “I know some people chortle and say this was a way for me to sell books.”

Stone, however, denied it was a stunt.

Asked if he thought the accident was tied to the Russian hacking scandal, Stone said, “It certainly could be” …

But Stone isn’t excluding the possibility it could be another group …

He added, “It happens on a day when the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee calls for me” to appear before the panel. (Earlier in the day, Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, mentioned Stone by name.)

“I have to guess that somebody doesn’t want me to testify at those hearings,” he explained. “If I testify, it is going to prove that this whole narrative on which I believe surveillance of the president was based, i.e. that the Trump campaign was infiltrated by the Russians, is false.”

Stone said he looks forward to being able to testify. He said he has done nothing wrong.

Some conservatives give Stone’s stories short shrift because, as CBS4 explains:

he is a self-described master of political dirty tricks who got his start in the Nixon Administration.

However, he explained to Jones later that day what happened and that he is certain that President Donald Trump was spied on during the Bush administration and into the Obama years. He added that the surveillance stopped, then started again during the presidential campaign:

The surveillance on Trump during those time periods was reported at the end of March (see here and here). So, Stone is not wrong.

Craig Sawyer, a retired Navy SEAL, was sitting next to Jones when the above interview took place. Jones asked him what he thought of Stone’s t-boning. Sawyer said:

I wish this didn’t sound so familiar.

He added that he hoped Trump would take a hard line on intelligence agencies overstepping their bounds.

Near the end of the interview, Stone said:

I am a consistent critic of the Deep State—that’s why I think I’m targeted.

Indeed. He exposed the CIA ties to the Mena, Arkansas cocaine trafficking when Bill Clinton was governor. He implicated the agency in Benghazi and has much to say on the hacking story.

That same day, the Chicago Tribune reported:

The Republican operative has acknowledged having a Twitter exchange with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that U.S. officials believe has ties to Russia. Stone said he was “unaware at the time of the brief exchange of allegations that the hacker in question is suspected of being a Russian asset.”

“I have no relationship with the Russian state, Russian Intelligence or any other Russians,” said Stone, who split with Trump’s campaign in August 2015 but remains in touch with the president …

Republican Sen. John McCain has singled out Stone as a Trump associate who should answer questions about his ties to Russia. The Arizona lawmaker suggested in an interview Sunday with CNN that Stone may have ties to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Stone denied any connection to Yanukovych or his political party. Stone said he did work for a “small pro-Western splinter party” of Ukrainian politician Volydmyr Litwin, calling the effort to help win seats in parliament a “low budget operation.”

Stone said he is willing to testify in any Senate hearings that occur “in public and not behind closed doors.” He’s retained former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey and South Florida lawyer Grant Smith to represent him.

Last year, Coffey represented Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski when he was charged with simple battery after an altercation with a female reporter. The prosecutor later dropped the charges.

Stone returned later in the day to host his Alex Jones Show segment. He and Jones discussed his situation further. Stone said that the poisoning and the t-boning show that someone wants to take him out so he can’t testify:

In the earlier interview, Stone said that he ‘loves’ Donald Trump and believes America needs those leadership qualities badly.

Stone was Trump’s campaign adviser for the first several weeks after he made his June 2015 announcement to run for president. In August that year, Stone resigned. Or did Trump sack him?

Politico reported on August 8, 2015:

Donald Trump made the surprising announcement Saturday afternoon that he was firing his top adviser, Roger Stone, but, hours before that, the political consultant’s friends told POLITICO that he was actually quitting.

“Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me- I fired Trump. Diasagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly away core issue messages,” Stone, referencing Trump’s battle with a moderator of Fox’s Republican debate Thursday, said just before 3 p.m. on Twitter …

Earlier in the day, Stone’s friends told POLITICO that he sent an email to Trump announcing his decision to leave the campaign. More than an hour later, Trump told a Washington Post reporter he fired Stone. The news coincidentally hit Twitter about 15 minutes after Stone told a Fox News TV show that he couldn’t appear Saturday because he was no longer affiliated with the campaign, friends say.

Politico included a ‘Trump can’t win’ statement:

Regardless of who resigned or was fired first, the campaign shakeup was the first sign that Trump’s election effort was seriously damaged from within after his Thursday night debate performance and his subsequent comments in which he attacked one of the Fox debate moderators, Megyn Kelly.

However, the article also gave an insight to the characteristics the two men have in common:

Though longtime friends, Stone and Trump have clashed before – in part because the two men share such similar combustible personalities. Both men are from New York; Stone lives in Fort Lauderdale now and Trump owns the Mar-a-Lago mansion to the north in Palm Beach. A longtime Republican operative, Stone became a libertarian. Trump has flirted with leaving the GOP as well.

The two clashed after Stone – known universally in political circles as a Nixon-era “dirty trickster” – helped bring down Trump friend and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a prostitution scandal. But soon Stone and Trump were back and working together.

Stone is now becoming known in the UK. The Sun reported the t-boning on March 16. That could be because, on March 11, The Spectator published an interview with him that the BBC’s Paul Wood conducted with him. Wood met with Stone in Florida and wrote:

… he has known Trump for almost 40 years and he describes their history in his new book The Making of the President 2016. At the start of this relationship, you find the thread that Trump’s enemies say runs all the way to the Kremlin: money and organised crime. Stone was introduced to Trump in 1979 through Roy Cohn, the Trump family’s mobbed-up lawyer. Stone writes that he went to see Cohn at his offices and found him ‘wearing a silk dressing gown. His heavy–lidded eyes were bloodshot from a late night of revelry. Seated with Cohn was his client, “Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family.’ Some attribute Trump’s early success as a New York developer to Cohn’s mafia connections. They controlled the concrete. Stone tells me: ‘In his defence, the same people he bought concrete from also sold it to New York state and New York City. That was the only unionised concrete in the city.’

The article is less about Stone and more about the Trump-Russia-spying narrative. Wood wrote a hit piece on Trump back in January asking if he would be assassinated, ousted in a coup or impeached. In the article on Stone, he wrote:

Last weekend, Trump and Stone issued their tweets accusing President Obama of ordering wiretaps at Trump Tower. I was disconcerted to find the White House citing my story of two months ago as evidence of this.

But I digress.

Stone’s star is in the ascendant because, next month, a new documentary will be available from Netflix, Get Me Roger Stone:

The whole world was shocked by the rise Donald Trump, but there was one man who had been plotting it for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the master manipulator, Get Me Roger Stone provides a raw perspective on the transformation of American politics. Coming exclusively to Netflix on May 12, 2017.

Let’s hope he stays safe for any launch parties.

3 comments for “Roger Stone’s star in the ascendant

  1. mona
    April 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I fear the US is nearing a civil war situation, the US has a dual government (not so much deep state as it is called) Trump must be taken out at all costs it is only a matter of time before 911, Sandy Hook, the Boston marathon start raising their ugly heads, will this start a civil war when the painful truth gets out ?.

  2. Graham Wood
    April 3, 2017 at 4:37 am

    James. On another matter entirely. (Apologies for using this facility but I’m not sure whether your e mail address is working?)
    Did you receive my post about the case of Sarah Kuteh?
    A real Orphan of Liberty if there was one?
    Graham Wood

  3. April 3, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Very interesting situation, Mona.

    Graham – we’re sorting the site email now and will get back.

    CM – Larry McDonald too years ago.

    Graham – our mistake [actually, mine] – our email was wrong. It’s now right and apologies.

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