Maybe it’s a Nixon thing, but the left sure loves to hate Roger Stone. Almost as much as they love to hate Donald Trump.
Stone found himself trending online Monday morning amid renewed interest in a Feb. 20, 2021, Washington Post article that said the Biden Justice Department and the FBI were investigating whether Stone and/or Alex Jones may have played a role in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
A typical anonymous U.S. official told the newspaper that the longtime Trump ally, who was pardoned by the former president after being swept up in Robert Mueller’s probe of the proven Russian collusion hoax, was being investigated again.
“We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Ali Alexander,” the unnamed official said.
Two weeks earlier, ABC News obtained video footage of Stone in Washington on the morning of Jan. 6, “flanked by members of the Oath Keepers militia group just hours before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building.”
“In the video, which was obtained and reviewed by ABC News, Stone takes pictures and mingles with supporters outside a D.C. hotel as Oath Keepers hover around him, one wearing a baseball hat and military-style vest branded with the militia group’s logo,” the network reported.
This is Roger Stone the morning of January 6th in Washington, flanked by 5-6 members of the Oath Keepers. pic.twitter.com/1FkS20HZpR
— TheSadTruth💙 (@ReportsDaNews) June 21, 2021
Six Oath Keepers members who guarded Stone were identified by The New York Times as having later stormed the Capitol. This being reported a week before the article from the Post.
For the record, Stone has vehemently denied any involvement in the attack.
The Justice Department announced in early March the arrest of two Oath Keepers for their alleged role in the storming of the Capitol, including Roberto Minuta. According to ABC News, Minuta reportedly provided security for Stone in the hours leading up to the riot.
All of the above being old news. Two weeks ago, Reuters reported that the Justice Department “obtained a conspiracy indictment against six California men associated with the Three Percenters right-wing militia,” in relation to the Jan. 6 protest.
“Two of the six men, Alan Hostetter and Russell Taylor, were seen a day before the riot with Roger Stone,” the news agency noted.
Los Angeles Times legal affairs columnist Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney and deputy assistant attorney general, gave the story new life on Sunday.
Appearing on MSNBC, Litman named Stone while talking about federal prosecutors building a conspiracy case against the “insurrectionists” — there have been hundreds of arrests, yet no one appears to have been charged with insurrection, so go figure.
“I think they are leaving no stone unturned to kind of portray and determine the color of what happened here, were the insurrectionists influenced by staff, members of Congress, Trump loyalists like Roger Stone and Alex Jones,” Litman said. “They’re really wanting to paint a full picture rather than — we see the biggest charges against some of the people, they are criminal conspiracy and insurrection, they pack plenty of wallop already, and that is the overall code they are going after but the picture deservedly is one of terrorism. These were domestic terrorists.”
Litman said that Stone and Jones were not only in D.C. but that they made “incendiary comments.”
“They were not just there,” he opined. “They made really incendiary comments and, look, we already do have a conspiracy — nine people have been charged so anyone, including Stone, Jones, [Ali] Alexander who adopted that unlawful purpose and did any overt act would be guilty of conspiracy.”
The media has successfully conflated a peaceful “Stop the Steal” rally attended by thousands with the later riot at the Capitol. And Stone did speak at events, telling a crowd the night before — brace yourself — he would be present “shoulder to shoulder” with rallygoers the following day.
Undermining his own legitimacy, Litman tried to sell as fact that the DOJ was not “spoiling” to go after Stone.
“In the case of a Stone, we know from previous conduct that the [DOJ] isn’t spoiling generally to go after him and former Trump people, but the paramount goal here is to really leave, forgive the expression, no stone unturned with respect to Jan. 6,” he said.
Aside from convicting Stone of guilt by association, there was no evidence spoken of that supports the idea that he was somehow involved in the storming of the Capitol. Then again, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached a sitting president with no evidence, so anything is possible in an age where there is a two-tiered system of justice that determines righteousness via a political filter.
With “Roger Stone” trending, whipping the left into a lather, here’s a sampling of the fare from Twitter:
What did Roger Stone know and when did he know it?#January6thInsurrection
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) June 21, 2021
DoJ is investigating Roger Stone for his role in Jan 6 and his tweet aged poorly. pic.twitter.com/R5v9DcVlmb
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 21, 2021
Know what this is a photo of? Proud Boys and Proud Boy allies burning a Black Lives Matter flag outside the front of the Willard on Insurrection Eve. Staying at the Willard that night? Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Oltmann, George Papadopoulos. They knew where this was headed. pic.twitter.com/kXxkSGVMzT
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 21, 2021
Reminder: Roger Stone’s pardon does not protect him from crimes committed after the pardon was issued. https://t.co/zX0Ia2e3Sr
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 21, 2021
Today would be a great day to arrest Donald Trump and Roger Stone.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 21, 2021
Roger Stone is being investigated for his role in the January 6th insurrection.
I think he played a big role.
More so than his occasional cameo as The Riddler.
— Brian O’Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) June 21, 2021
The possibility we might get a conspiracy charge against Stone or Jones leaves me feeling all tingly inside. https://t.co/EPCqAa68pn
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) June 21, 2021
….with a cherry on top 🍒 https://t.co/ZfHiJqzUlW
— G.Vaughn Forsyth (@GVForsyth) June 20, 2021
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