Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser and friend to President Donald Trump, is predicting that he’s next to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s “hit list” of targets.
“Robert Mueller is coming after me,” reads the email, which was posted on Twitter by CNN’s Marshall Cohen. “I’m next on the crooked special counsel’s hit list because I’ve advised Donald Trump for the past 39 years.”
“I am being targeted not because I committed a crime, but because the ‘deep state’ liberals want to silence me and pressure me to testify against my good friend, President Donald J. Trump.”
Roger Stone's latest pitch to his email list of supporters boils down to this: Donate right now because, literally, I am the next guy to get indicted. pic.twitter.com/sWAx2BQtSJ
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) August 26, 2018
As written and reported by Justin Weiss, The Hill:
Stone’s message to his supporters came about a week after Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted of and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to federal crimes stemming from Mueller’s investigation.
Stone told The Guardian in a text message on Monday that he thinks Mueller “may frame me for some bogus charge in order to silence me or induce me to testify against the president.”
Stone has voiced similar predictions before. In June, he told Hill.TV that it’s possible Mueller would indict him as part of the investigation.
It was later noted in July that Mueller’s indictment of Russian military officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee appeared to make reference to Stone.
Stone acknowledged that messages included in the indictment matched ones that he exchanged with hacker Guccifer 2.0. Mueller has alleged that Guccifer was a front for Russian operatives, according to The Guardian.
Mueller has investigated multiple people linked to Stone as part of its probe.
His team met with Kristin Davis, who once ran a high-end prostitution ring, earlier this month regarding her relationship with Stone.
Earlier this month, Roger Stone told CNN’s Anderson Cooper there are “no circumstances” under which he would testify against President Trump. Cooper asked Stone if he loses sleep over the Trump probe, at which Stone answered an emphatic no.
“I know that there exists nowhere evidence of Russian collusion or WikiLeaks collaboration or any nonsense pertaining to John Podesta’s e-mail,” Stone said on Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
“I’m also mindful of any prosecutor’s ability to squeeze underlings to get them to compose testimony against a bigger fish,” he said. “I have not been contacted by the special counsel’s office. I made it abundantly clear that there is no circumstances under which I would testify against the president. I would not rule out cooperating if they think I can be helpful in some area, but beyond that, I have not spoken to them.”