My main takeaway from this Nunberg episode is that Roger Stone probably has immense legal exposure.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 6, 2018
I don’t think Murphy the Trickster God loves me enough for it to happen, but not even seeing Donny Dollhands dragged weeping out of the Oval Office would make me quite as happy as watching foundational ratfvcker Roger Stone realize he was gonna die in jail. But after half a century of sliding away from his multitudinous crimes — reputedly by always knowing when to be the first to rat out his partners — can the Trumplodyte explosion of amateurs, wannabes, and frothing crazees finally cost Stone his position as the Last Thug Standing?
Roger Stone said on Tuesday he was “pleased” that Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, had said he would cooperate with the federal probe into Russian election meddling after initially vowing to reject a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I would certainly have not advised him to ignore or refuse a document-production subpoena,” Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump’s, told MSNBC. “I was pleased to read today that he’s changed his mind about that.”…
Stone told MSNBC on Tuesday that he had “no idea” why Nunberg had been so adamant in expressing his opposition to producing documents regarding their communications, saying that Nunberg “marches to his own drummer.”
Stone added that Nunberg was “not speaking at my behest or direction” when he made his remarks.
In a wide-ranging interview, his first since Nunberg’s erratic media tour on Monday, Stone also dismissed the notion that he and Trump had ever spoken about the WikiLeaks hack of Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign….
Stone also denied having contacts with the foreign hacker known as Guccifer 2.0, who released Democratic National Committee documents during the 2016 campaign, prior to the breach of Democratic servers. Stone has previously hailed the hacker as a “hero,” with the two trading messages on Twitter after the breach.
I asked Roger Stone if he was still planning on cooperating with Mueler’s probe given Sam Nunberg developments. #breaking
His statement: pic.twitter.com/bzJi5lBAo3
— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) March 5, 2018
Digby, in Salon, this morning:
…Much like his old pal Donald Trump, Stone has always operated on the legal and ethical fringe while craving the spotlight, which is a dangerous way to live. They are both in their own ways flamboyant thrill-seekers, always dancing on the edge of disaster. So when I first heard that Stone was involved with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign it was anything but surprising. It was even less surprising when Trump allegedly fired him early on. Stone does his best work outside the normal political boundaries.
Stone also has connections to Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has recently been indicted on multiple charges in Robert Mueller’s investigation. The two men were partners in a high-level Republican lobbying firm that included the notorious strategist Lee Atwater, back in the 1980s.
It’s pretty clear that Stone is implicated in some aspects of the Russia scandal, and it probably has to do with the hacking. He’s been playing fast and loose with his connections to WikiLeaks and the hacker who called himself Guccifer 2.0, as well as ill-advised Twitter previews of hacked materials before they were released.
Stone had also worked with Trump on his earlier aborted presidential runs in 2000 and 2012. By 2014, he’d been working with Trump for some time, preparing for what both men saw as his big chance. By then Stone had brought in a helper named Sam Nunberg to school the candidate on the the issues the GOP base cared about…
Watch: Ex-Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg says he's refusing comply with Mueller subpoena:
"I'm not going to cooperate when they want me to come into a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with Julian Assange. Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family." pic.twitter.com/jUtBCPNiDe
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 5, 2018
Roger Stone, trolling Democrats, again. pic.twitter.com/5pJEsZpmvn
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 5, 2018
That’s Stone standing outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which has been providing asylum to the WikiLeaks founder for the past five years.
@chucktodd just let Roger Stone spout a stream of totally uncorroborated accusations that DNC hack was an inside job, involving a thumb drive, and that Guccifer 2.0 is NOT a Russian actor. Despite IC concluding otherwise. Zero push back from Chuck. WTF?!?!
— Mitchy McConell (@MitchMcConell) March 6, 2018
Whether it’s the Al Franken allegations or Wikileaks (where the Russians dumped their dirt on Hillary), Roger Stone is the man who’s fingerprints are always there.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 6, 2018
Not having any luck embedding Ari Melber’s five-minute “Why Mueller is saving Trump aide Roger Stone for last” video clip, but trust me — it’s worth watching.