During a recent discussion on MSNBC, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who served on the investigative team led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said he expects Roger Stone to face new federal criminal charges. Stone, a Trump ally, was captured on camera discussing an early version of the scheme to assemble sham slates of electors for Trump from states where, in reality, Biden was victorious.
That multi-state plot has already led to criminal charges in multiple states. The ploy is also mentioned in the most recent federal indictment of Trump from Special Counsel Jack Smith at the Justice Department, and a recent report from an Arizona Fox affiliate said the attorney general in that state had the local arm of the sham electors plot under investigation, which could produce yet another criminal case. And yet, Stone hasn’t been charged in this matter. Stone was previously charged in connection to the Mueller investigation, but Trump commuted Stone’s sentence, mirroring other presidential action that Trump took to specifically benefit allies of his.
“You can understand why the Department of Justice would feel like he has not been sufficiently held to account, because essentially Donald Trump erased his last finding of criminality,” Weissmann said, discussing Stone and potential charges. “So I think he’s one of the people who I think we’re going to see additional — we’re going to see charges. I think that’s true of [Kenneth] Chesebro; I think it’s going to be true at the federal level for a whole variety of people.” Weissmann also mentioned longtime Trump ally Rudy Giuliani as among those to potentially face charges at the federal level. Giuliani was already charged alongside Trump in an alleged criminal conspiracy in Georgia to target that state’s election results from 2020.
Trump continues to allege he’s the victim of political targeting, but there remains no substantial evidence that his cases have been handled procedurally in any manner substantially distinct from the other charges and cases that regularly emerge from grand juries.