“”My name is Roger Stone, and I'm an agent provocateur.
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Roger Jason Stone, Jr. (1952–) is a ratfucker who got his start in Nixon's second term by volunteering for Chuck Colson's ever-so-appropriately named CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President). After Nixon was re-elected, Stone was given a position in the Office of Economic Opportunity at age 20. Stone even has a tattoo of Nixon on his back just in case anyone asks to see his Tricky Dick. Stone was investigated by the Senate Watergate Committee, but not indicted, indicating that he was likely ineffective.
In 1976 Stone worked with pioneering political direct mail
scamster artist Richard Viguerie. Stone worked on Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. After the statute of limitations had expired, Stone claimed that he had been a bagman for Roy Cohn's bribery of the Liberal Party to endorse John B. Anderson as a third party candidate in the 1980 Presidential race. This was likely done under the false impression that Anderson would be a spoiler candidate that would have hurt Jimmy Carter's chances against Ronald Reagan; Anderson's supporters turned out to be about equally split between Carter and Reagan.
Fun with dictators
In the early 1980s, Stone, Paul Manafort, Peter G. Kelly and Charles R. Black Jr. formed the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (BMSK), whose clients included warlords such as Jonas Savimbi of Angola and dictators such as Sani Abacha of Nigeria and Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, as well as somewhat less nefarious clients like Big Tobacco (Tobacco Institute), Multilevel marketing operations like Herbalife, and right-wing politicians like Phil Gramm. According to Stone, the firm "lined up most of the dictators in the world that we could find. Pro-western dictators, of course. Dictators are in the eye of the beholder." The firm was regarded as one of the "Torturer's Lobbies" by The Center for Public Integrity in 1992.
From 1995 through 2014, Stone was involved with a few spoiler candidates, including no-chance-of-winning presidential runs of Arlen Specter's (1995), |Trump's first run as a member of the Reform Party (2000), Al Sharpton (2004), and Gary Johnson (2012). Given Stone's role in bribery and the Anderson candidacy of 1980, these could all be chalked up as political dirty tricks. For example, Stone supported the candidacy of Libertarian candidate Kristin M. Davis, who ran a high-end prostitution ring, for governor of New York, stating "This is not a hoax, a prank or a publicity stunt. I want to get her a half-million votes." Stone later confessed to supporting both Davis and Republican Carl Paladino, indicating he was attempting to carve votes from the Democratic candidate with Davis. In July 2018, Davis was subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, presumably in connection with Stone who has been under investigation.
During the Florida ballot recount of the contested 2000 U.S. presidential election, Stone claimed to have organized the so-called Brooks Brothers riot, an astroturf demonstration of primarily paid GOP staffers from Washington DC, who weren't even dressed in Brooks Brothers suits. Another lobbyist (Brad Blakeman) claimed that he was responsible for organizing it.
Work for Donald Trump
“”It is better to be infamous than never be famous at all.
|— Roger Stone|
Stone was a campaign advisor for Trump until August 8, 2015; he was either fired or quit, depending on which liar one believes. Despite this disagreement, Stone has continued to enthusiastically support Trump.
“”I'm 100 percent for Trump, and I must tell you I like Bernie Sanders, even though his philosophy is different than mine. Both these candidates are outsiders, both these candidates are nonestablishment candidates. The same anger and frustration by the voters that's propelling Trump is also propelling Sanders.
Stone was thanked by Russian-linked hacker(s) Guccifer 2.0 and was in contact with Russian-linked WikiLeaks' Julian Assange in 2016. Stone also seems to have had a curious and repeated Freudian slip, wherein he referred to the hacker as "Gruccifer" on 5 occasions in March 11-26, 2017, seemingly a mashup of GRU, the Russian military spy agency + Guccifer. Stone has repeatedly lied or mischaracterized his contacts with both Wikileaks and Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign.
As of May 2018, Stone has reportedly become the focus of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his links with Assange, Rick Gates (who pleaded guilty to two charges and is cooperating with Mueller's team), and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of Trump.
On January 25 2019, Stone was arrested in Florida by the FBI and charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating the Trump-Russia connection with one count of obstruction of proceedings, five counts of making false statements, and one of witness tampering. He was released on a $250,000 bail but was only allowed to travel for court appearances in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. In mid-February, a federal judge in the District of Columbia imposed a limited gag order to Roger Stone in order to ensure a fair trial and "to maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings," citing the “size and vociferousness” of crowds attracted to Stone’s court appearances and the possibility of his statements prejudicing his jurors. This order bars him from speaking on matters directly related to his trial. It also prohibits him and his lawyers from talking to reporters on they way in and out of the courthouse.
In their closing arguments to the jury, Stone's defense team asked that the verdict be treated as a referendum on the Mueller investigation. On November 15 2019, Stone was convicted on seven counts of lying to Congress and jury tampering.
Stone has had a longtime affiliation with Infowars that includes a daily show as of 2017. Stone has also been affiliated with fellow-conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, though Corsi sued Stone in 2019 for defamation.
Some of the ludicrous conspiracy theories that Stone has promoted:
- Lyndon B. Johnson was responsible for John F. Kennedy's assassination Stone's book on this theory failed to even impress The Washington Times: "The title pretty much explains the book's theory. If a reader doesn't let facts get in the way, it could be an interesting adventure."
- The Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash.
- Hillary Clinton's advisor, Huma Abedin, was "most likely a Saudi spy".
- The murder of Seth Rich was connected to Hillary Clinton.
- Bill Clinton had an illegitimate black son.
- Barack Obama birtherism
- He has claimed that he was poisoned with polonium by someone trying to frame Russia, but he has refused to give medical evidence and he has not shown any signs of radiation poisoning (e.g. total hair loss, as was the case with Alexander Litvinenko whom Russia did poison with polonium).
“”The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
|— Roger Stone|
In October 2017, Stone went volcanic on Twitter, again by cursing several journalists ("targeted abuse"), resulting in his permanent banning from Twitter. The tirade had immediately followed the announcement of the first grand jury indictments connected to Russian election hacking, which included indictments against his former-partner, Manafort. Could Stone's apeshittery have been due to his consciousness of guilt?
- Roger Stone's archived tweets — from the Trump Twitter Archive
- Roger Stone Is Literal Human Garbage, Here's Why — Cracked.com
- After indictment, pressure on Stone is ‘significant,’ says former prosecutor. PBS Newshour. January 25, 2019. Accessed January 25, 2019.
- The Dirty Trickster: Campaign tips from the man who has done it all. by Jeffrey Toobin (June 2, 2008) The New Yorker.
- The Rise And Gall of Roger Stone by Stephanie Mansfield (June 16, 1986) The Washington Post.
- 'Get Me Roger Stone' Filmmakers Compare the "Dirty Trickster" to Donald Trump by Jordon Riefe (11:00 AM PST 11/30/2017) The Hollywood Reporter.
- Does Roger Stone Have a Tattoo of Richard Nixon on His Back? A photograph showing American political consultant and conspiracy theory spreader Roger Stone with an unusual tattoo on his back is real. by Dan Evon (21 March 2017) Snopes.
- Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob? I've spent years investigating, and here's what's known by David Cay Johnston (May 22, 2016) Politico Magazine.
- Roger Stone, Political Animal: "Above all, attack, attack, attack—never defend." by Matt Labash (12:00 AM, Nov 05, 2007) The Weekly Standard.
- The myths that just won’t die: Repeat after me: Ross Perot didn’t cost George H.W. Bush the election by Steve Kornacki (04.04.2011•3:24 PM) Salon.
- The Slickest Shop in Town by Evan Thomas Monday (Mar. 03, 1986) Time.
- I worked for Paul Manafort. He always lacked a moral compass. by K. Riva Levinson (November 1, 2017). The Washington Post.
- Paul Manafort: how decades of serving dictators led to role as Trump's go-to guy: A multimillion-dollar spending spree, allegedly using funds from the former Soviet bloc, appears to have caught up with Trump’s one-time campaign chief by Tom McCarthy (30 October 2017 14.29 EDT) The Guardian.
- The Torturers' Lobby: How Human Rights-Abusing Nations Are Represented in Washington by Pamela Brogan (1992) Center for Public Integrity. ISBN Center for Public Integrity.
- See the Wikipedia article on Kristin M. Davis.
- Madam Kristin Davis for NY governor! (February 6, 2010, 8:43 PM) The New York Daily News.
- Opposing Campaigns, With One Unlikely Link by Danny Hakim (Aug. 11, 2010) The New York Times.
- Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis Subpoenaed by Robert Mueller (7/20/2018 12:17 PM PDT) TMZ.
- Take my party, please: Jesse Ventura may not run for President in 2000--but he wouldn't mind if Donald Trump joined the fray by Michael Duffy & Matthew Cooper (September 20, 1999) CNN.
- Trump ends relationship with longtime political adviser Roger Stone by Robert Costa (August 8, 2015) The Washington Post.
- Trump Ally Roger Stone Advocated Killing Bernie Sanders "For Treason”: Trump And Stone Are Now Making A Play For Sanders Voters by Eric Hananoki (April 28, 2016 11:37 AM EDT) Media Matters for America.
- Roger Stone: Bernie and Trump not all that different by Eliza Collins (08/12/2015 03:08 PM EDT) Politico.
- This Woman Caught Roger Stone In A Classic Rat-fuck! by TrumpResistance (2017/03/19 · 18:23) Daily Kos.
- You ready to take a little trip down memory lane with our good friend Roger Stone and his buddy Guccifer 2.0? <thread> by Caroline O. (12:24 AM - 20 Mar 2017) Twitter.
- How Roger Stone Interacted with Russia’s Guccifer and Wikileaks by Ryan Goodman (9/28/17 at 9:51 AM) Newsweek.
- @RogerJStoneJr paying u back Guccifer 2.0 (12:36 PM - 17 Aug 2016) Twitter (archived from 12 Mar 2017 17:55:50 UTC).
- Roger Stone Jr. Trump Twitter Archive.
- Roger Stone’s story just changed on Russia — again by Aaron Blake (November 1, 2018 at 4:53 PM) The Washington Post.
- Special counsel Robert Mueller focusing sharply on links between Trump confidant Roger Stone and former campaign official Rick Gates, sources say by Brian Schwartz (May 3, 2018) CNBC.
- Roger Stone: Trump ally arrested on seven Mueller probe charges. BBC News. January 25, 2019.
- Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone’s case. Associated Press. February 15, 2019. Accessed February 16, 2019.
- Roger Stone guilty on all counts in federal trial of lying to Congress, witness tampering by Rachel Weiner et al. (November 15, 2019 at 8:52 a.m. PST) The Washington Post.
- Roger Stone tangos in Austin. Will anchor Infowars by night. May let a flat. by Jonathan Tilove (June 1, 2017) Austin American-Statesman.
- Roger Stone’s defiant congressional testimony on Trump and Russia, annotated by Callum Borchers (September 26, 2017) The Washington Post.
- Trump Confidant Roger Stone Sued by Jerome Corsi in Latest Twist by Andrew M Harris (February 7, 2019, 6:09 PM PST Updated on February 7, 2019, 7:10 PM PST) Bloomberg.
- The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone (2014) Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1629144894.
- Book Review: 'The Man Who Killed Kennedy' by Hugh Aynesworth (February 25, 2014) The Washington Times.
- Trump proxy Roger Stone to publish book alleging the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. to jump-start Hillary’s rise to the White House by Scott Eric Kaufman (04.13.2016•6:36 AM) Salon.
- Roger Stone: Huma Abedin ‘Most Likely a Saudi Spy’ with ‘Deep, Inarguable Connections’ to 'Global Terrorist Entity' by Dan Riehl (15 Jun 2016) Breitbart.
- Trump allies, WikiLeaks and Russia are pushing a nonsensical conspiracy theory about the DNC hacks by Josh Rogin (August 12, 2016) The Washington Post.
- Latest from the Trump conspiracy factory: Bill Clinton’s black son by Dana Milbank (November 1, 2016) The Washington Post.
- Inside the Six Weeks Donald Trump Was a Nonstop 'Birther' by Ashley Parker & Steve Eder (July 2, 2016 The New York Times.
- Trump confidant Roger Stone swears to CNN's Anderson Cooper he was poisoned — but refuses to prove it by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (April 7 at 3:08 PM) The Washington Post.
- First my father Alexander Litvinenko was murdered, now my friend Nikolai Glushkov by Anatoly Litvinenko (March 18 2018, 12:01am) The Sunday Times.
- CNN bans Trump supporter Roger Stone after nasty, bigoted tweets by Erik Wemple (February 23, 2016) The Washington Post.
- MSNBC Confirms That Trump Ally Roger Stone Has Been Banned From The Network: MSNBC Removed Stone From Its Airing Of With All Due Respect by Eric Hananoki (April 5, 2016 1:37 PM EDT) Media Matters for America.
- Roger Stone, Banned from Twitter, Vows to Sue It into Oblivion: The longtime Trump confidant is threatening to bring an "anti-trust case" against Twitter after he was permanently suspended for an expletive-laden rant. by Maya Kosoff (October 30, 2017 10:09 AM) Vanity Fair.
- Roger Stone suspended from Twitter by Ryan W. Miller, (Published 8:40 p.m. ET Oct. 28, 2017 | Updated 9:38 a.m. ET Oct. 29, 2017) USA Today.
- Here’s who could receive Mueller’s indictment: With an indictment expected on Monday, here are some of the figures that could be charged in the Trump-Russia probe by Charlie May (10.28.2017•3:12 PM) Salon