As Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation continues to trudge along with no clear end in sight, a long time associate of President Donald Trump suspects that he is next on Mueller’s list to be indicted and prosecuted … for something.
Following the guilty verdicts for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and guilty plea for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, former Trump adviser Stone believes that Mueller will soon indict and arrest him because of his connections to the president.
According to The Hill, that was the message sent out via a legal defense fundraising email from Stone to his supporters, which was shared publicly on social media by a CNN reporter.
Roger Stone’s latest pitch to his email list of supporters boils down to this: Donate right now because, literally, I am the next guy to get indicted. pic.twitter.com/sWAx2BQtSJ
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) August 26, 2018
Next on the list
“Robert Mueller is coming after me,” wrote Stone in the email, prior to noting that Cohen had finally succumbed to Mueller’s pressure and pleaded guilty to various federal charges.
“I’m next on the crooked special prosecutor’s hit list because I’ve advised Donald Trump for the past 39 years,” he continued.
“I am being targeted not because I committed a crime, but because the ‘deep state’ liberals want to silence me and pressure me to testify against my good friend President Donald J. Trump,” Stone explained.
A repeated prediction
This suspicion by Stone that he is on the verge of being indicted and prosecuted by Mueller’s special counsel probe is not a new worry of his, but something he has been predicting would eventually happen for months.
The Hill noted that Stone initially predicted Mueller would indict him in June, and that prediction that was somewhat solidified in July when Mueller indicted several Russian military intelligence officials over the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack. That indictment appeared to make reference to Stone as a link to a suspected Russian front known as Guccifer 2.0.
Furthermore, Stone recently told The U.K. Guardian in a text message that he believed Mueller “may frame me for some bogus charge in order to silence me or induce me to testify against the president.”
The Guardian noted that Mueller’s team has already questioned or compelled grand jury testimony from a number of Stone’s associates and friends, and the liberal media has long cast Stone as a shady character who needs to be closely looked at for potential wrong-doing.
It will not be particularly surprising at all if Stone is eventually indicted on vague charges related to some unproven conspiracy or for wholly unrelated financial issues. It would appear as though Stone is preparing himself for what he views as the inevitable, even as he maintains his innocence.