Roger Stone Believes Trump Could Be Convicted, Calls Those Who Disagree ‘Naive’
Stone has long been known as an agent provocateur, lending credence to the possibility that these statements are simply a stunt.
Roger Stone, somewhat inexplicably, has found himself back in the news again this week, after a bizarre and rambling interview with an online conspiracy theorist.
Stone, who has had a long and meandering path through politics over the course of the last few decades, was once considered a close confidante of President Trump’s. Lately, however, Stone has been relegated to the sidelines of the political fight as he deal with pending litigation against him. Furthermore, the often verbose agent provocateur has been stifled by a gag order in his own case, limiting what he can and cannot say in any public forum.
Still, this week he appeared alongside controversial conspiracy nut Alex Jones, and delivered a bizarre take on the current state of the “formal impeachment inquiry” consuming Washington.
“I did have a front-row seat during the Nixon impeachment,” he said. “I also had a front-row seat during the Clinton impeachment. And I must say what is going on now in Washington is completely unlike either of those processes.”
“This process is quite different,” Mr. Stone said later. “I think that those who sit back and say, ‘Well, the House may impeach the president but surely the Republican Senate will never convict him,’ I think are being naive.”
“I would begin utilizing that money to advertise both digitally and on radio and on broadcast media in those states where there are Republican senators who may be thinking about joining this lynch mob,” he said. “And as long as the president remains more popular in those states than those individual senators, they will be loathe to cast a vote against the president, particularly based on the thinnest reed that we have seen so far.”
“My message to the president is take this very seriously,” Mr. Stone said about impeachment during the interview. “Stay very focused on those states with wobbly Republican senators. That is where this fight will be won or lost.”
This take will certainly come as a surprise to the White House, who seem to be goading the Democrats toward holding a vote to authorize their impeachment maneuvers, likely in hopes of wrapping up the entire process with a Senate acquittal long before the 2020 election season begins in earnest.
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