Embattled Trump loyalist Roger Stone is among Robert Mueller’s targets as the special counsel continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
On June 17, it was revealed that Stone and former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo took a meeting in May 2016 with a Russian national in hopes of securing information harmful to Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Stone and Caputo conveniently did not remember attending the meeting. However, during his recent interview with Mueller, Caputo’s “recollection was refreshed regarding one brief interaction with a Russian national in May of 2016,” according to a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes sent by Caputo’s attorney.
“In the course of his interview with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, this specific contact was not discussed since at the time of this interview, Mr. Caputo had simply forgotten about this brief encounter in 2016,” the attorney added.
Roger Stone says his meeting with a Russian national in 2016 was “so ludicrous that I forgot about it.”
Stone’s attorney now describes the meeting as a “one-time, 20-minute interaction.” The Russian national who went by the name Henry Greenberg (a.k.a.Henry Oknyansky) discussed “non-specific, damaging Clinton information” with Stone and Caputo. Greenberg allegedly asked for $2 million in exchange for the information. Stone rejected the offer. Greenberg has previously worked as an FBI operative.
Stone now admits that the meeting was “so ludicrous that I forgot about it.” Caputo jogged his memory when he “brought this to my attention recently,” Stone added.
Stone’s mea culpa is hardly believable considering his track record of dirty tricks dating back to Richard Nixon’s reelection in 1972. In addition to meeting with at least one Russian, he also communicated with Julian Assange regarding WikiLeaks, via New York radio personality and activist Randy Credico, who had access to Assange.
“Please ask Assange for any State or HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30–particularly on August 20, 2011,” Stone wrote to Credico.
“That batch probably coming out in the next drop…” Credico replied
During his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last year, Credico invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions.
Meanwhile, Stone is trying to raise money for his legal defense. A mass email from Stone states: “On-line stories that Roger Stone is worth $20 million are completely false fake news designed to hurt his efforts to raise the money to defend himself from the coming Mueller onslaught… Roger Stone is not a wealthy man and this attack on him threatens to bankrupt him and destroy his family.”
Stone had previously sought support from the cannabis industry, but has been shunned by activists and conferences after a controversy broke out last September before his planned speaking engagement at the CWCBExpo in Los Angeles.
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