On the April 22 episode of The Still Report, the popular YouTube channel of 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bill Still, Still urged viewers to sign a petition for President Donald Trump to pardon political operative Roger Stone. Stone, 67, once a member of the Libertarian Party, was found guilty of false statements, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison to begin May 1.
Stone has a long history with third party and independent politics. While working for the committee to re-elect President Richard Nixon in 1972, he sent a donation to Nixon’s Republican primary opponent, then-Congressman Pete McCloskey, in the name of the Young Socialist Alliance, the youth wing of the Socialist Workers Party, as a smear to connect McCloskey with the far left. In 1980 he helped Independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson secure the nomination of the Liberal Party of New York, allegedly with use of a suitcase full of cash from notorious attorney Roy Cohn, in order to split the liberal opposition to ensure Ronald Reagan won the state.
Stone was the campaign director for Trump’s 2000 Reform Party presidential run and the campaign manager for Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis’ 2010 Anti-Prohibition Party candidacy for governor of New York. He advised comedian Steve Berke of the After Party in his unsuccessful 2012 campaign for mayor of Miami Beach. Stone joined the Libertarian Party sometime in 2012 and advised the Gary Johnson campaign in an unofficial capacity. He briefly considered seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2014 nomination for governor of Florida and its 2016 nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida, but decided against it both times. Stone later worked on Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign.
In January 2019, 29 FBI agents in SWAT gear conducted a predawn raid of Stone’s residence and took him into custody. The FBI believed Stone had misled them and Congress about his contacts with Wikileaks and the Russian government. Furthermore, they accused him of sending a threatening message to a potential witness, Randy Credico, a Stone acquaintance with his own heavy connection in third party politics. The FBI obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant prior to the raid.
Afterwards, Stone was released on $250,000 bond. Judge Amy Berman Jackson placed a gag order on him the next month after he posted an Instagram photo criticizing the judge. This made it impossible for Stone to defend himself in the media and online. After a one week trial and two days of deliberation, the jury found Stone guilty on all counts of making false statements, tampering with witnesses, and obstructing justice. The judge sentenced him to 40 months in prison with a $20,000 fine. Stone moved for a new trial due to prejudicial social media statements the jury foreperson allegedly made. On April 16, the judge denied the request, lifted the gag order, and gave Stone two weeks to report to prison.
See the clip of The Still Report below:
I’m Still reporting on the Coup.
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone is about to be wrongly sent to jail on May 1. This despite people being let out of jails across the nation lest they contract the COVID-19 illness, which is rampaging through jails worldwide. The 67 year old Stone believes his 40 month prison sentence for lying to Congress is tantamount to a death sentence because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
**Clip of Stone interview on Hannity**
That’s FreeRogerStone.com. They have 424,000 signatures and it looks like the goal is to get a million signatures. So if you could, please pass this around. Roger only has less than 9 days of freedom left.
The petition Still references above has now attained, as of April 25, 439,214 signatures. Unless President Trump issues a pardon, Stone has a little more than five days of freedom remaining.
See also: Still Report #41 – Roger Stone