Media eats up Matt Gaetz’s hot mic ‘nothing burger’ to Roger Stone about Trump pardon

After weeks of ignoring all the damning bombshells about Hunter Biden, the entire establishment press is suddenly in a tizzy over several innocuous video/audio clips from 2019 showing Rep. Matt Gaetz providing reassurance to Roger Stone that then-President Donald Trump would most likely pardon him.

Recorded weeks before Stone was scheduled to stand trial for allegedly lying to Congress, the video/audio clips showed him, Gaetz, and a few others backstage at a Trump event in October of 2019, according to The Washington Post, which breathlessly published all the content on Saturday.

“I’m going to go. … I’ll go down hard though. I’ll fight it right to the bitter end,” one video begins with Stone saying to Gaetz.

“Yeah, but I don’t think you’re going to go down at all at the end of the day,” the congressman replies, not delving into why he feels this way.

“Well, we’ll see,” Stone responds, clearly unconvinced. “We’re three weeks from trial. I mean, I may have to appeal to the big man, because I’ve got … it’s the District of Columbia. We surveyed 120 jurors. Ninety of them knew who I am, and they hate my guys. Voluntarily.”

“I don’t think the big guy can let you go down for this. This is so f–ked up,” Gaetz says in response, presumably referencing then-President Trump.


Another clip, this one pure audio, shows Gaetz doubling down on his belief that Stone wouldn’t face any consequences for his alleged lying to Congress.

“On the trial, I still think you don’t do a day,” the congressman says in the clip.

“Well, we shall see. I won’t fold, that you can bet. They already tried that,” Stone replies.

“And the boss still has a very favorable view of you,” Gaetz responds, presumably again referring to then-President Trump.

“He sends that message from time to time,” Stone says.

“He said it directly [inaudible.] He knows you’re [inaudible],” Gaetz replies.

“It would have been so easy to make this go away, but I couldn’t live with myself,” Stone concludes.


A third clip, this one also audio, shows Gaetz talking about the Mueller report’s findings concerning Stone, and tacitly admitting that he was working behind the scenes to help secure him a pardon.

“We saw the skinny redaction and there was, you know, there was a lot on you that was in the full redact that came out in the skinny redact. But they’re going to do you, because you’re not going to have a defense. Because they need a scalp to justify this bullshit witch hunt,” the congressman says.

“Correct. So, if I need a pardon, I’m going to be counting on you and dozens of others,” Stone replies.

“Well, since there are many, many recording devices around right now … I do not feel in a position to speak freely about the work I’ve already done on that subject,” Gaetz concludes.


These clips are, according to the establishment left, an earth-shaking bombshell that proves Trump and his allies acted like unaccountable mobsters.

They also somehow show that “Gaetz was passing along a message from Trump to Stone promising a pardon as a way of ensuring Stone did not testify against Trump that’s a crime,” as one leftist put it.

FYI, nowhere in the clips did Gaetz do any such thing.

Look at the breathless hand-wringing below:

Not being considered by Stone and Gaetz’ critics is that the pair, among numerous others, had genuinely believed that Stone had done nothing wrong and was being targeted for political reasons.

“During the trial, Stone’s lawyer, Bruce Rogow, didn’t deny that Stone had told the House committee things that were untrue. Rogow described his client as a natural braggart whose claims of insider information didn’t match reality. However, Rogow argued, Stone didn’t have any ‘corrupt intent’ and argued there was ‘reasonable doubt’ to convict his client,” according to Fox News.

“If you hesitate about your conclusions in this matter, then you have reasonable doubt. Why would he lie, make things up, produce documents, offer to look for more documents? Why would he volunteer and go in and lie about it? There is no motive,” Rogow reportedly said.

Stone was ultimately convicted, and because Trump believed the conviction to be wrong and unfair (see why below), he did eventually pardon him.


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