Apple has agreed to turn over Roger Stone’s iCloud account to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. This comes three years after the company refused to hand over to the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernardino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting. At the time the company said turning over the info would set a bad precedent. Now, Apple is giving up Stone’s cloud data without a fight.
Federal investigators seized “voluminous and complex” evidence when they arrested former adviser to President Trump, Roger Stone. That includes multiple hard drives containing years of cellphone and email communication records, the office of Robert Mueller’s investigation said Thursday. At the same time, investigators asked a judge to delay Stone’s trial so investigators have time to review the treasure trove of data.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is “close to being completed,” according to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. While there have been indications the much anticipated report would be coming soon, Whitaker’s comment is the first from a Justice Department official and it comes just days after the latest Mueller indictment, this time of former confidante to President Trump, Roger Stone. Team Mueller had no comment.
Roger Stone, a confidante to President Trump, is facing charges of lying and tampering with witnesses. The charges stem from the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia to win the 2016 campaign. Notably though, Stone is not facing charges of colluding with Russia to help win the 2016 election. If convicted, Stone would be one of numerous Trump associates to go down at Mueller’s hands, but so far none has been actually charged with colluding with Russia. Stone faces seven felonies.
President Trump is denying any knowledge of two key events being investigated by Robert Mueller. In written answers submitted to Mueller’s Russia probe on November 20, Trump said he did not know about his son’s infamous meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in June of 2016, and he was not told by longtime confidant Roger Stone that WikiLeaks planned to dump unflattering information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. Both events are important if Mueller is going to prove that the Trump campaign was working with outside players like WikiLeaks and the Russians to influence the election’s outcome.
Robert Mueller is a “conflicted prosecutor gone rogue,” President Trump said Monday in a Twitter storm. Mueller’s horrible treatment of people will eventually come out, Trump said. The comments were apparently in response to Mueller’s team accusing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to investigators—an accusation that could terminate the plea deal and worsen the charges against him. Jerome Corsi, a right wing conspiracy theorist with ties to former Trump adviser Roger Stone, also claims Mueller has been trying to get him to sign onto a plea deal containing lies.
—QUOTABLE: “Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie…He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other.” -Trump tweet
Jerome Corsi says he has a joint defense agreement with President Trump and was given limited immunity by Robert Mueller. The right wing author and associate of Trump adviser Roger Stone is a target of the Mueller probe for allegedly brokering deals with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which he has denied. But in a new book, Corsi details a cover story he hatched with Stone to explain a 2016 tweet Stone sent out saying it would soon be Podesta’s “time in the barrel.” Not long after, WikiLeaks dumped hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign manager’s account. Mueller gave Corsi limited immunity for describing that under oath, testimony which undercuts Stone’s claims that he did not collude with WikiLeaks to release the emails.
Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi will not take a plea deal if Robert Mueller offers one. Corsi, suspected of being an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks, said Monday he’d rather go to prison than sign his name to a lie. He maintains that he had no contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—Mueller’s team thinks he played a go-between role as Trump adviser Stone and the website conspired to publish hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Corsi denies he had any part in it.
—QUOTABLE: “They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.” -Corsi in an interview with CNN
—QUOTABLE: ”It is inconceivable that in America someone would be prosecuted for refusing to swear to a false narrative pushed on him by the Muller investigators.” -Stone
New text messages released Wednesday support GOP operative and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone’s claims about who he learned about WikiLeaks’ plans to release Hillary Clinton campaign emails. Where Stone learned about the website’s plans has been a central question in Robert Mueller’s investigation—Stone had claimed he learned about the email dump from a Randy Credico, and wasn’t working alongside WikiLeaks. Credico has denied that. But the new text messages strongly suggest Credico is lying and Stone was telling the truth, poking a big hole in the Mueller investigation’s attempts to prove the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign actors to rig the 2016 election.
Robert Mueller’s probe is facing accusations of a conflict of interest. An associate of conservative operative Roger Stone who was called to testify says he was questioned prior to his testimony by a lawyer who once represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. The Stone associate, Tyler Nixon, said it’s “deeply troubling” that the lawyer, Jeannie Rhee, would be involved with the Mueller probe. Because of that conflict of interest, Nixon is calling for Rhee to be removed or to recuse herself from the investigation.
—QUOTABLE: “[Rhee’s involvement] was not disclosed to me prior to my testimony, and I find this to be deeply troubling and certainly Ms. Rhee should be recused or removed from the investigation.” -Nixon
Robert Mueller wants records from Trump Tower involving right-wing operative Roger Stone. The special counsel wants phone calls or visitor logs regarding Stone, a top Trump campaign advisor. The Mueller team is probing what Stone might have known about Wikileaks’ plans to release emails that had been stolen from Democrats. Stone, for his part, denies visiting Trump Tower after officially leaving the campaign in August of 2015.
—QUOTABLE: “No visits to Trump Tower from August 2015 until after the election when the President-elect asked me to visit…Occasional phone calls with Trump in 2016 all initiated by him and certainly never a discussion of Wikileaks whatsoever!” -Stone
The Robert Mueller probe is turning its attention to a conspiracy theorist with ties to right-wing operative Roger Stone. They’re looking at Jerome Corsi, who recently sat down for a second round of interviews with the special counsel in the midst of his probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller is supposedly interested in whether the 72 year old Corsi, formerly a contributor to conspiracy theory website InfoWars, had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would release the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
Roger Stone built his career on being a “dirty trickster,” and Robert Mueller plans to exploit that. The special counsel’s team is combing through the track record of Stone, an early Trump supporter and longtime bare-knuckles GOP operative, as part of its investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stone has described himself as the “dirty trickster,” and the new branch of the Mueller probe is looking into whether he might’ve crossed the line in political work prior to what he did for the Trump campaign. If Mueller digs up some dirt, he could use that to press charges unrelated to Trump OR Russian collusion in order to get Stone to start dishing on the president. Stone says he hasn’t yet been contacted by Mueller’s team.