The characters around Donald Trump have begun to sound like a Batman movie. There are the fixer, the trickster, the conspiracy gamer, the cold-blooded despots, and the tyrant in the White House — the grifter. What they all have in common is that they lie — a lot. Let’s look at the trickster and what is up with him.
Roger Stone appeared and ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He said “where is the crime?”
‘Roger Stone tells @ThisWeekABC he has had no contact at all with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“Again, where is the crime? I engaged in politics.”.
Roger Stone tells @ThisWeekABC he has had no contact at all with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 2, 2018
Roger Stone has been a self-proclaimed dirty trickster for a long time, as well as a decades-long friend of the man currently sitting in the Oval Office. He called Donald Trump often in the middle of the night during the Trump campaign’s last six months. The trickster said that Trump never sleeps. When the president’s cell phone became too well-known, Trump switched to using other people’s phones to contact the trickster.
Stone also disputed his “dirty trickster” reputation, beginning with President Richard Nixon, who was also known as “tricky Dick.” The trickster dug up dirt or manipulated the media. He was on Trump’s campaign for a while, then faded back into the woodwork.
The trickster said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
‘The characterization of me as a “dirty trickster” comes from Democrats. It will probably be on my epitaph. I’ve never done anything in politics that was outside the norms of my colleagues and my contemporaries. And I’ve always made it clear that so-called dirty tricks come up to — but do not cross — the line into illegality.’
Stone claimed he had never been in touch with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame:
‘That is absolutely correct. I turned over one direct message to the House Intelligence Committee between the flack for WikiLeaks and I, in which he essentially brushed me off. That immediately leaked to Atlantic magazine, who then edited the context and published it. No, I had no contact with Assange.’
Stephanopoulos asked the trickster whether Mueller’s team had contacted him:
‘Again, where is the crime? I engaged in politics. My purpose was to take a tip which I thought to be solid, and then after that to follow the WikiLeaks Twitter feed and set a Google news alert for Julian Assange and use Twitter to hype as much voter and media attention to the disclosures when they came as politics. You were in this business once (a Clinton aide). That’s called politics.’
People who have had the misfortune to come into contact with Stone claim that he is such a liar that they do not believe anything he has said.
On CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said about Stone’s ties to Assange:
‘(It is) a chapter where I think Mueller has a lot to reveal. I think most of America wants to hear the results of those (Mueller) interviews.’
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