Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Roger Stone’s Messages Suggest He is Unnamed Person in New Russia Indictment

Roger Stone’s Messages Suggest He is Unnamed Person in New Russia Indictment

Donald Trump was in direct communication during the 2016 presidential election with Roger Stone, a longtime adviser, who is likely the "unnamed person" in the indictments issued Friday morning by Russian Federation investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

CNN has previously reported that Stone communicated in August 2016 with Guccifer 2.0, the self-proclaimed hacker who took responsibility for breaching the Democratic National Committee and releasing its emails earlier that summer.

Stone, who earlier Friday said that he did not believe he was the unnamed person mentioned in the indictment, said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that he now thinks he is the person in the filing released earlier Friday.

But according to criminal charges filed Friday by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Guccifer 2.0 was actually operated by a group of Russian military intelligence officers based in Moscow. The Russians used Guccifer 2.0's Twitter account to send multiple messages to "a person who was in regular contact with senior members" of Trump's campaign, Mueller wrote in the indictment. "This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today's indictment".

Stone told ABC News today that he believes the reference to that "US person" in the indictment was him.

Roger Stone appears to be the unnamed individual in a new Russian Federation probe indictment made public Friday who is described as having communicated with Guccifer 2.0 in 2016.

"I certainly acknowledge that I was in touch with Trump campaign officials, and I have testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that I certainly had a 24-word exchange with the persona Guccifer 2.0 over Twitter direct messages". Investigators are presumed to be searching for evidence that Trump or any close associates knew that the Russian government had hacked the DNC and gave them to Wikileaks for publication.

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"My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump", he added.

Stone for his part has rejected any notion he was part of some grand conspiracy of collusion.

Nunberg added that he thought Stone is "a critical piece for Bob Mueller".

Still, Rosenstein said there's now no allegation that any American committed a crime.

"I think it is bad news for Roger Stone that his interaction with Guccifer 2.0 was recited in the indictment even though he was not named in the indictment", Mitchell Epner, a former federal prosecutor who is now at the law firm Rottenberg Lipman Rich, told ABC News on Friday.

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