Roger Stone is a particularly noxious character. He’s crass, vulgar, and pretty much an all-around pot-stirrer.
He’s also a longtime friend and confidante of President Trump.
He was dismissed as an adviser from Trump’s presidential campaign pretty early on, due to some of his more unsavory comments and the fact that his abrasive nature made him a liability to the campaign.
It was probably in Trump’s best interest, all around, to cut ties with Stone. The man is always acting in his own best interests, and he doesn’t really seem to care much what impression his antics leave.
Currently, Roger Stone is one of several Trump associates scheduled to appear and give testimony as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.
Stone has boasted of contact between himself and Guccifer 2.0, the Russian hacker front thought to be responsible for the leaks of Democratic National Committee documents, which ended up on WikiLeaks, shortly before the 2016 election.
After FBI Director James Comey was fired this week, there was a brief rumor that suggested Roger Stone had advised Trump to fire Comey.
Trump quickly responded to the rumor on Twitter:
“The Roger Stone report @CNN is false – Fake News,” he tweeted. “Have not spoken to Roger in a long time – had nothing to do with my decision.”
And that may very well be true. President Trump would serve himself well to keep a broad chasm between he and Stone.
Stone, however, in a recent appearance seemed to suggest that that wasn’t the case.
“I’m not going to contradict the president and I’m not going to say when I spoke to him — but I would say this, I have spoken to him very recently,” Stone, a potential subject for ongoing investigations into ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign, said Friday on ABC’s “The View.”
“I’ve always taken the position that private conversations between myself and the president, which are occasional — that they have to remain confidential. He has to be able to ask for advice or discuss politics and not find it on the front page.”
That kind of sounds like a contradiction of what the president said, Mr. Stone.
I guess it shakes down to how each man measures time. Perhaps Trump’s “a long time” seems like “very recently” to Stone.
Or maybe Stone’s need to remain connected to Trump is as desperate as Trump’s need to distance himself from Stone.