Only Roger Stone would jump at the chance for more media interviews after being arrested. When in a hole stop digging, but such is Stone. But, Stone’s reality is that this isn’t politics, this is the law.
Stone for one, may be running out of time because the judge may issue a gag order and then that’s it for Stone who loves the camera and attention more than President Trump.
If Stone wants to play martyr and go to prison because he thinks that will increase his stock, he’s certainly has that right as stupid as that is, but at this point, I cannot imagine Presidential pardons if that is what he is banking on. And again, as I have said many times before; a Presidential pardon applies only to federal crimes, not state crimes.
In addition, with all that Special Counsel Mueller has accomplished, I cannot imagine the majority of Republicans turning their backs on pardons.
Mueller’s plan has been brilliant in its simplicity: you lie, I get you with a perjury charge. It’s probably not the most common charge even though it is the most common occurrence in courtrooms.
Regardless, it’s been an effective legal strategy because it opens the door to everything else and from a public perspective, the question is obvious; why is everyone lying?
Of the lawyers that Stone has hired, one of them is my former law professor Bruce Rogow. He’s ethical and one of the best around.
By now, I’m sure Rogow told him if you lied, you are going to jail and because of that, Stone is already backtracking his statements. We may even see Stone amend his statements before the Intelligence Committee in order to explain any inconsistencies.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Stone was asked “any chance you’ll cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller if he asks?”
Stone responded, “That’s a question that I’d have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion. If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about, which I know of none, but if there is I would certainly testify honestly.”
Stone as he calls himself, is a “dirty trickster.” There’s no doubt that he is out for himself and he could easily manipulate the narrative by testifying against the President or anyone else and argue that he is a victim in all this and that he did the right thing by telling the truth.
Meanwhile, President Trump is already freaking out. He tweeted the day after Stone’s arrest that Stone “didn’t even work for me anywhere near the Election!”
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