I think Roger Stone really digs being the center of attention, even if the attention is based on thinking he is a slimeball.
Courtesy of CNN:
Roger Stone said Sunday he would tell the truth about his communications with President Donald Trump and did not shut the door on the possibility of cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Asked on ABC’s “This Week” about the chances he would cooperate with Mueller, Stone said his attorneys would need to discuss the subject but contended he would testify honestly about any wrongdoing that may have occurred.
“If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about — which I know of none — but, if there is, I would certainly testify honestly,” Stone said. “I would also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the President. It’s true that we spoke on the phone, but those communications are political in nature.”
Asked then if he was cooperating with the special counsel, Stone said, “I don’t want to address that question, but I have made it clear I will not testify against the President, because I would have to bear false witness against him.”
In Sunday’s interview, Stone echoed Trump in his attacks on the special counsel investigation and denied any “conspiracy with Russia.”
It is very unlikely that Mueller has any hope of flipping Roger Stone, and even if he did he would never be able to trust a single thing the renowned liar had to say.
In fact, it may be that Stone’s arrest had very little to do with him directly, and more to do with his phones and computers.
Courtesy of NYT:
The indictment itself — which charges Mr. Stone with witness tampering, obstruction of justice and false statements to Congress — takes little imagination to translate into a search warrant application, and also hints at what Robert Mueller might be looking for. In describing the lies it alleges Mr. Stone told a House committee, the document places great emphasis on Mr. Stone’s denial that he had any written communications with two associates — associates with whom he had, in fact, regularly exchanged emails and text messages. That’s precisely the sort of behavior one might focus on in seeking to convince a recalcitrant judge that an investigative target could not be trusted to turn over documents in response to a subpoena, requiring the more intrusive step of seizing Mr. Stone’s devices directly.
Of course, as the indictment also makes clear, the special counsel has already managed to get its hands on plenty of Mr. Stone’s communications by other means — but one seeming exception jumps out. In a text exchange between Mr. Stone and a “supporter involved with the Trump Campaign,” Mr. Mueller pointedly quotes Mr. Stone’s request to “talk on a secure line — got WhatsApp?” There the direct quotes abruptly end, and the indictment instead paraphrases what Mr. Stone “subsequently told the supporter.” Though it’s not directly relevant to his alleged false statements, the special counsel is taking pains to establish that Mr. Stone made a habit of moving sensitive conversations to encrypted messaging platforms like WhatsApp — meaning that, unlike ordinary emails, the messages could not be obtained directly from the service provider.
The clear implication is that any truly incriminating communications would have been conducted in encrypted form — and thus could be obtained only directly from Mr. Stone’s own phones and laptops. And while Mr. Stone likely has limited value as a cooperating witness — it’s hard to put someone on the stand after charging them with lying to obstruct justice — the charges against him provide leverage in the event his cooperation is needed to unlock those devices by supplying a cryptographic passphrase.
Keep in mind that gathering up all of Michael Cohen’s phones and computers in an FBI raid led to him flipping like a pancake, attacking his old boss publicly, and even registering as a Democrat.
So Roger Stone might be talking tough right now, but when the Special Counsel finishes going through his electronic communications with a fine tooth comb, Roger Stone might be begging for the opportunity to sing like a bird.
His Conspiracy theorist pal Jerome Corsi is already tuning up the old pipes.
Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi, who identified himself as ‘Person 1’ in the Stone indictment: “What is in the indictment about me is accurate and I will affirm that if asked to in court.” Via CNN pic.twitter.com/eQOEnVuMct
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 27, 2019
I think this is going to be very interesting. Stay tuned.