Mueller Still Trying to Connect Trump to Russia Hacking

Though his recent indictments of Russians didn’t include collusion with Americans, the Mueller investigation is still trying to connect Trump to it.

We hear over and over that the special prosecutor is not targeting President Trump. But is that just what he says to avoid looking incompetent for failing to find dirt on Trump? As soon as he announces any indictments that connect Trump to the Russians, the media is ready to cheer.

Notice that Podesta refutes the “witch hunt” accusation by claiming that they’ve caught “witches.” Treating mere indictments as if they are proven verdicts is the mark of a witch hunt.

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Right now, it seems that Mueller hopes that Roger Stove might be the connection.

ABC News reports, “Mueller team pushing for information on Roger Stone, WikiLeaks, sources say.

At least seven people associated with longtime Trump friend Roger Stone have been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to interviews with witnesses and others who say they’ve been contacted.

The contacts suggest Mueller appears to still be aggressively pursuing evidence that would tell him whether associates of president Trump colluded with Russia.

Mueller’s team appears increasingly focused on whether any associates of Trump knew that the Russian government had hacked emails from the DNC and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and provided them to Wikileaks during the last presidential election, according to those sources.

A self-described “dirty trickster” in American politics, Stone has taken credit for persuading President Trump to get into politics. He initially served as an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign but left amid controversy in 2015. While Trump told the Washington Post at the time that he “terminated Roger Stone…because he no longer serves a useful function for my campaign,” Stone told a different story, explaining on Twitter their falling out was about political messaging.

Stone has been under scrutiny in part because of statements in August of 2016 which political opponents allege suggested he knew that Wikileaks was going to leak damaging information on Clinton before it was released. Stone has been targeted because he communicated with Guccifer, the hacker the U.S. intelligence community believes broke into DNC computers, sources told ABC News.

In recent weeks, the special counsel has reached out to political humorist and radio show host Randy Credico, who Stone allegedly asked to act as an intermediary with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to confirm that the Wikileaks publisher had a cache of information on Clinton.

Stone says his contact with Credico was innocent.

“My exchange with Credico proves I never had any direct collaboration with WikiLeaks,” Stone told ABC News in an interview last month. “I had asked him if he thought these documents existed and how they could be found whether they were already online since Assange had alluded to them.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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