This week we learned two crucial things that will determine the fate of a number of players in the Trump-Russia scandal. First, we saw Robert Mueller have Micheal Cohen plead guilty to lying to Congress, as part of his plea deal. Second, we got confirmation from the Democrats who are about to control the House Intel Committee, and the bipartisan coalition controlling the Senate Intel Committee, that they’ll fully cooperate with Mueller when it comes to prosecuting other Trump-Russia perjurers. This brings us to Roger Stone.
Back when Devin Nunes was offering to bring Trump-Russia players before the House Intel Committee last year so they could proclaim their innocence and he could “clear” them, Roger Stone was one of the people who took him up on it. Four weeks ago, we learned from The Atlantic that Stone has since tried amending his testimony three different times, as new evidence surfaced proving that his testimony was – ahem – incorrect.
This wasn’t necessarily a big deal at the time. It was just before the election, and we didn’t yet know which party would control the House. It was also before the Senate Intel Committee explicitly stated that it was working with Robert Mueller to prosecute Trump-Russia perjurers. But now it’s a very different story.
The mere fact that Roger Stone has repeatedly amended his testimony is proof that his original testimony was wildly incorrect. We’ve spoken with legal experts who say that, if it can be proven you committed perjury to begin with, amending your testimony doesn’t really help your case. So it’s going to come down to whether Mueller can prove that when Stone made numerous false statements to Congress, he did it with malicious intent.
Based on the endless details that keep leaking from grand jury witnesses, Robert Mueller appears to be looking to indict Roger Stone on a very long list of charges that are far more serious than perjury. But as we’ve seen, Mueller likes to use straightforward charges like perjury, along with rock solid proof of said perjury, to make clear to Trump-Russia players that they’re going to prison if they don’t cut a plea deal. Look for Mueller to try to do the same to Stone soon.
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