Longtime Republican Party insider, influencer, and all-around mover and shaker Roger Stone has said that he actually has no damaging information on President Donald Trump, perhaps to the dismay of many hoping Special Counsel Robert Mueller will get him to “flip.”
According to Politico, Stone said in an interview he’d have to commit perjury in order to harm Trump.
“There’s nothing I could tell them that could be damaging to the president. I’d have to make it up. That’d be perjury, and I’m not going to perjure myself,” he said, adding that Trump “has no reason to be afraid of me. I’m among his most loyal and steadfast supporters.”
It’s an interesting way to put it because New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, whom Trump has at times called out by name on Twitter, said that Trump has actually been afraid of Stone for years.
For years https://t.co/IdvM2QP1j4
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 21, 2018
That aside, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani also expressed no concerns about Stone saying anything damning.
“He can talk if he wants,” he said. “He’s not going to say anything. We’re not worried.” Not going to say anything is different from not having anything to say, but Stone has already stated that anything damaging he might say about Trump is a fabrication.
According to someone close to Stone, however, Trump should hope that his claim of not having dirt on the president is true.
“Roger will absolutely jettison his act in order to stay out of harm’s way,” a friend of Stone’s told Politico. “While he really supports the president’s agenda and the president of the United States, he’s not taking a bullet for him. That ain’t happening.”
Speaking of the Mueller probe, President Trump has written a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calling off a planned June 12 summit in Singapore. Giuliani specifically mentioned that the president’s preparation and focus on high stakes international diplomacy was a reason why talks of Robert Mueller interviewing Trump ceased.
“I wouldn’t want to take his concentration off something far, far more important. Several things delayed us, with the primary one being the whole situation with North Korea,” he said two weeks ago. “The president has been very busy. It really would be pretty close to impossible to spend the amount of time on it we would need.”
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