I have to laugh at the reactions to the Roger Stone arrest over the weekend.
Stone was seized by FBI agents in a pre-dawn SWAT-team like raid on his Florida home.
But here’s the thing, Stone’s charges — like that of all the other charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — are charges that stem from after the probe began.
The charges are not from the Trump presidential campaign. None of the charges have anything to do with Russian collusion. Many are for lying to the FBI and stem from these men giving false statements.
How did the FBI know they were false statements? Because they have the FISA warrants, which allowed them to spy on the campaign. So when the FBI questioned these individuals and the sworn affidavit didn’t jive with the secret tapes they were hit with false statement charges.
It almost sounds like entrapment to me, since no one knew the government was spying on its own citizens. Here’s a rundown of Mueller’s main cases against Trump associates so far:
- George Papadopoulos: Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day federal sentence. No one does 14 days in federal jail, that’s like being locked up in drunk tank overnight.
- Paul Manafort: Trump’s ex-campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and past tax returns. Manafort’s was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes. He awaits trial on secondary charges all stemming from false statements.
- Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.
- Michael Cohen: Trump’s ex-lawyer pleaded guilty to eight counts In August 2018— tax charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money paid to women who alleged had affairs with Trump with NYC federal officials, as part of a separate investigation that Mueller recommended. In November, he made a plea deal with Mueller to get leniency on lying to Congress charges over constructing a Trump Tower in Moscow.
- Roger Stone: On Friday, Mueller indicted the Trump adviser on seven counts of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign and witness tampering.
This closest Mueller got to Russia — but not collusion with the Trump campaign — was the 12 Russian military intelligence officers who were charged with hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016. No connection to Trump team.
So where are the collusion charges? They do not exist.
However people who are just Trump haters will cite these men as being crooked, so Trump’s crooked and let’s bring impeachment charges against him.
I say, if the FBI was spying on you and then brought you in for questioning a week later, then they ask you what you had for lunch on Tuesday the 17th and you say sushi and they have you talking about egg salad, well you could be charged with lying to the FBI. It’s that simple.