NEW: Documentary footage shows Roger Stone working behind the scenes to overturn the 2020 election and secure preemptive pardons for himself, Republicans in Congress and the pro-Trump movement after the Jan. 6 riot https://t.co/2bSncbdxsH
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) March 4, 2022
Stone allowed the filmmakers to document his activities during extended periods over more than two years.
Post reporters reviewed more than 20 hours of video filmed for the documentary, “A Storm Foretold,” which is expected to be released later this year. https://t.co/Bfpm8fY6jE
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 4, 2022
Roger Stone, (once again) taking notes on a criminal f*cking conspiracy:
As a mob ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Roger Stone, Donald Trump’s longest-serving political adviser, hurried to pack a suitcase inside his elegant suite on the fifth floor of the Willard hotel. He wrapped his tailored suits in trash bags, reversed his black face mask so its “Free Roger Stone” logo was hidden, then slipped out of town for a hastily arranged private flight from Dulles International Airport.
“I really want to get out of here,” Stone told an aide, as they were filmed at the hotel by a Danish camera crew for a documentary on the veteran Republican operative. Stone said he feared prosecution by the incoming attorney general, Merrick Garland. “He is not a friend,” Stone said…
Stone privately coordinated post-election protests with prominent figures, and in January he communicated by text message with leaders of far-right groups that had been involved in the attack on the Capitol, the footage shows. The filmmakers did not capture conversations between Stone and Trump, but on several occasions, Stone told them or his associates that he remained in contact with the president…
On the day of the attack, as he packed his bags, Stone told the filmmakers the riot was a mistake and would be “really bad” for the pro-Trump movement.
On the eve of the 2020 election, however, he seemed to welcome the prospect of clashes with left-wing activists. In a recorded conversation, as an aide spoke of driving trucks into crowds of racial justice protesters, Stone said: “Once there’s no more election, there’s no reason why we can’t mix it up. These people are going to get what they’ve been asking for.”…
Thing is, for some reason, none of these conspirators trusted each other; they were all working independent grifts, and doing their best to block everyone else’s access to the Big Man…
Stone moved quickly after Trump’s defeat to help mobilize the protest movement that drew thousands to the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021, The Post found. He privately strategized with former national security adviser Michael Flynn and rally organizer Ali Alexander, who visited Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in late November 2020 for a dinner where Stone served pasta and martinis.
A few hours before the Jan. 6 attack, the video shows, a member of the far-right Oath Keepers group — who has since pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy — was in Stone’s suite at the Willard. Other rooms in the same hotel were used as a “command center” by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and other advisers involved in the fractious battle to overturn the election. Stone was not part of their effort, the footage indicates, and he said he feared that top organizers were trying to exclude him from the rally…
After he left Washington, Stone lobbied for Trump to enact the “Stone Plan” — a blanket presidential pardon to shield himself, Trump’s allies in Congress and “the America First movement” from prosecution for trying to overturn the election, according to the footage and additional documents reviewed by The Post.
But the plan, along with a bid by Stone to win pardons for other Trump backers including convicted mobsters, was ultimately thwarted by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Stone said in several conversations that were filmed…
In an Inauguration Day call with a friend, Stone directed his rage at the man who had confided in him and consulted with him for decades, denouncing Trump as “a disgrace” and expressing support for him to be impeached. “He betrayed everybody,” Stone said…
At home on Inauguration Day, wearing a microphone but out of view, Stone ranted to Alejandro about Kushner, whom he also blamed for his plan’s failure. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had recently bought a $32 million lot on Indian Creek Island, a gated village in Biscayne Bay off Miami, and rented a condo nearby.
“In two weeks he’s moving to Miami,” Stone told Alejandro, before whispering: “He’s going to get a beating. He needs to have a beating. And needs to be told, ‘This time we’re just beating you. Next time we’re killing you.’ ” Aware the filmmakers were nearby, Alejandro urged Stone to say he was joking. “No, no, it isn’t joking. Not joking. It’s not a joke,” Stone replied…
And Stone unloaded on Donald Trump, saying he had betrayed his friends, deserved to be impeached and was the “greatest single mistake in American history.”..
Though months later he would support a possible Trump bid for the White House in 2024, on Inauguration Day he mocked the idea. “Run again! You’ll get your f—ing brains beat in,” Stone said.
After ending the call, he turned to the filmmakers. “Obviously if you use any of that, I’ll murder you,” he said.
There’s a lot to unpick in this rat king…
The footage and details in this story are remarkable but maybe the most important thing:
A reminder that Oath Keeper Joshua James — who just pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy — was at Stone’s side at crucial moments on Jan. 5-6.https://t.co/o7lx17I51m
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 4, 2022
Photograph of *Roger Stone* on *JANUARY 6th* with Joshua James, who just pled to SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY and obstructing an official proceeding and is facing 7-9 years in prison as part of a full cooperation agreement.
This is going to get quite interesting. pic.twitter.com/5LpeHDLTVY
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost ?????? (@SpiroAgnewGhost) March 3, 2022
BREAKING: Roger Stone linked to Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz's friend who pled guilty to sex trafficking and corruption charges. Photo from Washington Post story shows Stone's phone.
This implicates Greenberg in January 6.
The Gaetz case is perhaps FAR bigger than imagined.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) March 4, 2022