Flynnghazi: Did Roger Stone ‘flip’ on Trump and his Russia-loving pals?
Roger Stone is one of four individuals on “Team Trump” (along with Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Carter Page) who were named in that blockbuster Valentine’s Day report by the New York Times as having been in contact with Russian government and intelligence officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Given this new development, one has to ask: has he flipped on The Donald & Co?
Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant to Donald Trump who has been named in news reports as one of at least four individuals under FBI observation over alleged contacts with Russian intelligence, has called for an official inquiry into the swirling crisis.
Stone has called on the White House to order an immediate investigation through the Department of Justice over alleged improper links between members of the Trump inner circle and the Kremlin during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. His request adds to a mounting chorus of demands from senior congressional members and outside advocacy groups for an official inquiry into the affair.
In an interview with the Guardian, Stone appealed to Trump, whom he has been close to for almost 40 years, to convene an inquiry through Jeff Sessions, the newly appointed US attorney general. “The president should tell his attorney general that either he finds proof of this, or he puts it to bed and announces none of it happened.”
The crisis of Russian contacts is threatening to derail the Trump administration within its first month. On Monday, the president’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign over secret discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington.