On Friday, federal agents acting on an arrest warrant issued by a grand jury on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller raided the home of political operative and onetime 2016 Trump campaign associate Roger Stone.
According to published reports, agents showed up at Stoneâ€™s home around 6:00 a.m. Friday morning to arrest him on seven counts including lying to federal investigators, which is nothing but a process crime that would not have occurred had he never been questioned by Muellerâ€™s politically motivated investigators.
According to The Associated Press, in addition to allegations of making false statements to investigators, Stone has been charged with witness tampering, obstruction, and making additional false statements to the House Intelligence Committee.
Notably, Stone has not been charged with a criminal conspiracy to collude with Russia to â€œstealâ€ the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton â€” which was Muellerâ€™s original mandate. Also, heâ€™s not been charged with conspiring with whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which published Democratic National Committee emails allegedly hacked by Russia, or the Moscow officers Mueller has accused of conducting the hack.
But to the allegations of lying to federal investigators, this is the same process crime to which former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plead guilty after Mueller indicted him, even though FBI agents who interviewed him including former counterintelligence official Peter Strzok never believed that he lied.
That said, as Stone now faces Mueller’s wrath, it’s worth remembering how a pair of Clinton aides appeared to be guilty of the same charge — lying to federal investigators — without ever being charged, lending further proof that the special counsel’s probe is entirely political.
As The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reported in December 2017:
The FBI agent who was fired from Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s Russia investigation team for sending anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the former secretary of stateâ€™s private email server.
Neither of the Clinton associates, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section chief Peter Strzok.
But another Strzok interview subject was not so lucky.
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent. Circa journalist Sara CarterÂ reportedÂ on Monday that Strzok took part in that interview with the retired lieutenant general.
Ross noted thatÂ email evidence contradicts their accounts. In an email sent Feb. 27, 2010, Mills directly asked another aide whether the server was “okay,” signaling clearly that she knew it existed.
The pair of aides were also involved in a second exchange, on Aug. 30, 2011, in which State Department official Stephen Mull noted that Clinton’s “email server is down.”
Also, in an exchange dated Jan. 9, 2011, Cooper told Abedin that her boss’ server was malfunctioning because “someone was trying to hack us. Had to shut the server down.”
That ‘someone,’ none other than fired FBI Director James Comey would later divulge, could have been a foreign power. Comey was criticized for making that claim by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, an allegation he said the former director had no evidence to support.
But then as we noted in June, the FBI did indeed determine that foreign states almost certainly hacked her private service which had low levels of non-governmental cybersecurity.
As for Cooper, he told the FBI during his interviews with agents that he did indeed discuss Clinton’s server — as far back as 2009, shortly after she took over as Obama’s top diplomat when it was being set up.
These are blatant lies but neither Abedin or Mills was ever charged. In fact, Mills and another aide “Heather Samuelson were given limited immunity by the FBI in exchange for turning over their personal laptop computers as part of the investigation,” The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2016. So wasÂ John Bentel, a State Department staffer who at the time managed information resources and would have been briefed in on Clinton’s email traffic and server.
â€œThis is beyond explanation. The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy. Iâ€™ve lost confidence in this investigation, and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out. Immunity deals should not be a requirement for cooperating with the FBI,â€ then-House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), said at the time.
Who hasn’t been given any immunity? Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and now Roger Stone — all Trump associates.
Anyone who still believes Mueller’s investigation is legitimate, not political, and not designed to undermine and ultimately depose POTUS Trump isn’t being serious.
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