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Roger Stone says he’s ‘probably’ the unnamed person in Mueller indictment

Roger Stone says he’s ‘probably’ the unnamed person in Mueller indictment”

As for Stone, he said Friday's indictment of 12 Russian military officers accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election shows "no evidence of collaboration or collusion" on his part.

Donald Trump was in direct communication during the 2016 presidential election with Roger Stone, a longtime adviser, who is likely the "unnamed person" in the indictments issued Friday morning by Russian Federation investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But they note that "a person who was in regular contact with senior members" of the Trump campaign was also in repeated contact over the internet with an entity known as "Guccifer 2.0".

But in an interview with CNN on Friday, Stone denied that he is the unnamed person in the indictment - even though the content of the quoted messages clearly points to him. "I think that they're referencing Roger", Nunberg said.

Mueller's alleged interest in Stone and WikiLeaks goes to the heart of the USA intelligence community's conclusion, released in a report in January 2017, that WikiLeaks weaponized and published damaging information on Clinton provided to it by a hacker from the Russian government. They included my exchange with Guccifer which is now public, in the indictment. Stone has argued in the past that the Russian government was not behind the persona.

Stone, speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo, said "I certainly had a 24 word exchange with the persona Guccifer 2.0 over Twitter direct messages". In the brief exchange, the hacker told the Trump ally: "Thank u for writing back...do u find anyt [h] ing in the docs i posted?'"

"My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump".

Stone downplayed the significance of his contact with Guccifer 2.0, calling the exchange "benign based on its content, context and timing".

Trump and Stone have been friends and associates since at least 1980, when, as Inquisitr has reported, Stone and Paul Manafort - who served as Trump's campaign chief in the 2016 campaign, and has now also been jailed on multiple indictments by Mueller - opened a political consulting firm and signed Trump as their first client.

Stone has said that he fully expects to be indicted by Mueller, as Vox reported. "I'm not sure the kind of contact he had with the campaign once Manafort was out".

During a press conference Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein detailed the extent of the alleged Russian hacking, but said there is not yet any evidence that an American citizen was aware of the efforts.

Interest in Stone by federal investigators stems in part from his communications with Guccifer 2.0, a name used as a cover for a number of the Russians who are alleged to have hacked into DNC computers and then shared documents with the goal of hurting the Clinton campaign, sources told ABC News.

"When I communicated with Roger about this, Roger told me he had met with Assange and I believed him at the time".

Manafort resigned from his position in August 2016, weeks after WikiLeaks released emails that been hacked from the Democratic National Committee.

Grant Smith, an attorney for Stone, said in a statement that the indictment makes clear that Stone "was not in any way involved with any of the alleged hacking of the 2016 election".

Friday's indictment comes three days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, a something that Nunberg called into question.



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