Amid the fallout from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for the hack of the DNC’s email server, one GOP strategist read between the lines.
Mic’s Emily Singer noted on Twitter that although the indictment didn’t name him, one part of the document references communications between Russian intel “conspirators” — posing as a hacker named Guccifer 2.0 — and Donald Trump’s friend and confidante Roger Stone. Stone admitted to communicating with “Guccifer 2.0” and characterized them as “innocuous.”
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In a tweet quoting Singer’s post, GOP strategist Rick Wilson mused that he’s “starting to think Roger may have rolled over.”
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In a statement to CNN, Stone appeared to both admit that his exchange with the Russians masquerading as Guccifer 2.0 were included in the Mueller indictments while also claiming that he doesn’t believe he was the “person who was in regular contact with senior members” described in them.
“I don’t think it is me because I wasn’t in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign,” Stone told CNN in a phone interview after the indictments were made public. “Look, Rosenstein said in his comments that they knew of no crime by US citizens. They included my exchange with Guccifer which is now public, in the indictment. And it’s benign. So I don’t know that it refers to me.”
“My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump. I was not in regular contact with campaign officials,” he continued, adding that “based on timing, content and context, [the messages are] benign.”
“They certainly don’t provide any evidence of collaboration or collusion,” Stone concluded.