Friday Reads Frog March Edition: Roger Stone Indicted and Arrested

Good News Sky Dancers!


Another domino on the way to knocking KKKremln Caligula straight to Leavenworth has fallen. This will be a mostly live blog but please add whatever you want down thread.  The biggest thrill is paragraph 12.  Remember that number!  But, let’s just start with something that shows he’s still the Nixon CREEP boy. and bagman at heart.





0136e7ae08bbee4d847837f2e23eb58a--roger-stone-trump-trainThe fun thing is that CNN got to film the entire thing!!!   And this their lede: “Mueller indicts Roger Stone, says he was coordinating with Trump officials about WikiLeaks’ stolen emails.”

The indictment’s wording does not say who on the campaign knew about Stone’s quest, but makes clear it was multiple people. This is the first time prosecutors have alleged they know of additional people close to the President who worked with Stone as he sought out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“After the July 22, 2016, release of stolen (Democratic National Committee) emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign. STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1,” prosecutors wrote.
The indictment also says: “During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1.”
Stone was arrested by the FBI Friday morning at his home in Florida, his lawyer tells CNN. He was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

And about that paragraph 12 and other things from Axios.  It’s all pretty amazing. And who is that Senior Trump Campaign official?

Key points of the indictment regarding the Trump campaign:

Stone allegedly told senior Trump campaign officials by June or July of 2016 that he had information about Wikileaks planning to leak information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. The DNC email leak happened on July 22.

After the DNC emails, a senior Trump campaign official was allegedly instructed to ask Stone about any future Wikileaks dumps or if Wikileaks had any other damaging information on Clinton’s campaign. Stone then allegedly told them about potential future releases.

  1. Stone then allegedly told the Trump campaign about potential future Wikileaks releases impacting the Clinton campaign.
  2. Between late July and early August, Stone allegedly repeatedly emailed with an undisclosed political commentator, who would later be interviewed by investigators, to obtain information from Wikileaks’ head Julian Assange about future leaks. It was shortly after that Stone publicly claimed to have spoken with Assange and to know the timing of the next leak.
  3. Around October 3, 2016, Stone allegedly wrote to “a supporter involved with the Trump Campaign” in regards to the expected Wikileaks dump: “Spoke to my friend in London last night. The payload is still coming.”
  4. After the release of Podesta’s emails in October, an associate of “the high-ranking Trump Campaign official” allegedly sent Stone a text which read, “well done.”
  5. Stone allegedly lied to House investigators about his communications with Wikileaks and Trump officials. He also attempted to persuade an undisclosed witness, described as “a radio host who had known Stone for more than a decade” to withhold information from the investigations, per the indictment.

I think we have enough to get us started!!! I’m going to add more on other things down thread because there’s all kinds of things happening due to the shutdown including issues at LaGuardia due to lack of Air Traffic Controllers.

Let’s discuss!!!

45 Comments on “Friday Reads Frog March Edition: Roger Stone Indicted and Arrested”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort expected in court to confront special counsel’s allegations of lying

    Paul Manafort, the onetime campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, is expected to make a rare court appearance in Washington, D.C., Friday morning to address allegations lodged by special counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to federal investigators.

    U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing “the number of court appearances defendant has been permitted to waive” and “the significance of the issues at stake,” ordered Manafort to attend Friday’s hearing after he initially waived his right to appear.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. NW Luna says:

    “Nothing to do with Trump. Nothing to do with us. He barely knew Stone.”

  4. dakinikat says:

    This is like the DeVos family xtian baby mills filled by forced birth states

    The Trump Administration Will Let Adoption Agencies Turn Away Jews and Same-Sex Couples. Thank SCOTUS.

    In 2014, the Supreme Court dramatically expanded the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to let for-profit corporations deny contraceptive coverage to employees on the basis of their owners’ Christian beliefs. The 5–4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby prompted a now-famous dissent by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who condemned the court’s decision to use RFRA, a law originally intended to protect religious minorities, to legalize discrimination. “No tradition,” Ginsburg noted, “and no prior decision under RFRA, allows a religion-based exemption when the accommodation would be harmful to others.” Through Hobby Lobby, the court had transformed RFRA from a shield into a sword, creating a license to discriminate with no clear limitations.

    On Wednesday, the Trump administration proved Ginsburg right. In a decision of startling breadth, the Department of Health and Human Services declared that, under RFRA, a federally funded foster care agency in South Carolina has a right to discriminate against non-Christians, closing its doors to would-be parents of different faiths. As Ginsburg predicted, the administration’s interpretation of the law has no limiting principle: It all but announced that taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies may now engage in flagrant discrimination without consequence, so long as they state a religious rationale for their actions. The grim future that Ginsburg foresaw in Hobby Lobby has arrived.

    • NW Luna says:

      Taxpayer money going to support a particular religion and discriminate against all others. The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves again.

    • quixote says:

      This is a point I’ve been trying to hammer since forever.

      Rights have dependencies, logical ones, inescapable ones. For instance, if you have no freedom of movement it doesn’t matter whether you also have a right to go to the place of worship of your choice.

      Freedom of religion is one of those *dependent* rights. If it’s treated as primary, then there’s nothing to stop my religion from being demolishing your religion. Who “wins” that argument is just a matter of who has more power. You’re back to might makes right and no real rights at all.

      Given that there’s all of about two steps to disaster, I’m not sure why it’s so hard for religionists to grasp that point. Maybe because they’re only really after power.

      • NW Luna says:

        In the above example it’s the lack of separation of church from state that I see as the problem.

        • quixote says:

          That happens *because* people don’t understand that freedom of religion has to be dependent on the more basic civil freedoms coming first.

          And, as I say, given that it’s all of two steps to disaster, makes you wonder why that’s so hard to grasp for the biblethumpers.

          • NW Luna says:

            Oh, I see now what you are talking about. It’s hard for me to grasp the idea that freedom of religion could supercede basic civil freedoms! Those fundie wingnuts make no sense.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Not a day – not one single day since this administration was sworn in – has there NOT been a scandal.

    Imagine – not a single day has gone by since January 20, 2017 – that someone or something has not been revealed to be an embarrassment.

    So many now happening at once that leaves one’s head spinning.

    You can barely keep up.

  6. dakinikat says:

  7. Enheduanna says:

    So they have emails about the scheming to spread lies about Clinton. In black and white. That makes me furious.

    But that clip of Stone’s arrest makes me so so so happy. I hate that guy X 1,000,000.

  8. RonStill4Hills says:

    The twin Nixon and Trump tattoos is the funniest thing all day!

  9. bostonboomer says:

    So it looks like Trump is about to surrender.

  10. NW Luna says:

    McConnell must have caved too. This sounds like the same deal the House approved and the Senate passed by a voice vote before the shutdown, and then which McConnell wouldn’t bring to a vote.

    Congressional leaders, Trump reach tentative deal to temporarily reopen government without wall funds, according to Hill officials

    Congressional leaders and President Trump have reached a tentative deal to temporarily reopen the government and continue talks on Trump’s demand for border wall money, Capitol Hill officials said Friday.

    With Trump’s approval, the pact would reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks while leaving the issue of $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to further talks.

  11. NW Luna says:

    Public disapproval of President Trump has swelled five points to 58 percent over three months as a majority of Americans continue to hold him and congressional Republicans most responsible for the partial federal government shutdown, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    In addition, more than 1 in 5 Americans say they have been personally inconvenienced by the record-long shutdown, which reached the five-week mark Friday amid reports of turmoil at airports, slowdowns at the Internal Revenue Service and growing public pain as 800,000 federal workers, and many government contractors, go without pay.

  12. NW Luna says:

  13. NW Luna says:

    Thank you Rep. Schiff!

  14. Fannie says:

    Go Nancy…………walking them dogs.

  15. dakinikat says:

  16. NW Luna says:

    Some bad news.

    Effort to revive ERA bill fails in Virginia

    Republicans blocked a parliamentary move to get it before a committee.

  17. tokyosand says:

    This was a particularly delicious takedown of Roger Stone today by a never-Trump Republican strategist:

  18. NW Luna says:

  19. NW Luna says:

    I am so tired of saying “WTAF” about the Trump administration.

  20. dakinikat says: