Roger Stone Is Betting on Impeachment

Here is something interesting from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman:

One Trump ally is making plans to commercialize Trump’s downfall. Longtime Trump confidantRoger Stone told me he is working on a book titled The Unmaking of the President as part of a multi-book deal with Skyhorse Publishing. (Last fall, Skyhorse published Stone’s campaign account, The Making of the President 2016.) “I’ve been writing it as we go along,” he told me.

Stone said he got the idea to write a book chronicling Trump’s removal from office after watching how the White House responded to the Robert Mueller investigation. “It’s painfully obvious Mueller will bring charges,” Stone said. “The theory is Mueller will indict him on some process-related matter” such as obstruction of justice. “The only people who don’t seem to know it are Ty Cobb, [John] Dowd, and the president.”

“I hope it’s a book I don’t have to publish,” Stone said of his newest project. “I just don’t think Trump is being told the truth about how bad things are.”

Roger Stone is in a position to know. He represents one leg in the triangle that links the Russian hackers to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks to the Trump campaign. This was primarily because Stone was using Randy Credico as a cut-out to communicate directly with Julian Assange and get advance notice on what kinds of information the Russians had provided WikiLeaks and also when that information would be released. Stone also communicated with Guccifer 2.0, the fake Romanian hacker the Russians created to throw off suspicion that they were behind the DNC hacks.

It’s unclear whether what Roger Stone did was a crime, although he was engaged in a conspiracy to use stolen materials and to help the criminals avoid detection or arrest. I can certainly see how a prosecutor might be able to apply certain statutes in innovative ways to catch Stone in their net. It might be hard to prove that Stone was witting though, since who can say what he believed about Gufficer 2.0, for example.

Nonetheless, he has a better sense than most of what Trump’s true vulnerability is here, and he’s going so far as to get a head start on writing the book about the president’s removal from office.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.