Self-acclaimed dirty trickster and Trump campaign associate Roger Stone was indicted this morning by a D.C. grand jury on seven counts including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering.
As with previous indictments, this one uses a narrative and alludes to a number of unnamed but identifiable individuals and an organization.
The backdrop of the indictment is the public release of hacked DNC and Clinton campaign documents by WikiLeaks (“Organization 1”) during the presidential campaign. The indictment refers to “Person 1” and “Person 2” who are respectively believed to be Jerome Corsi and radio host Randy Credico. It describes “the head of Organization 1” as located at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. This is an obvious reference to Julian Assange.
The buried bombshell is Item 12 which pointedly states that “a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign. [emphasis added]”
The logical deduction here is that only someone of a higher rank can issue orders to a senior official. According to some news reports, that person was Steve Bannon. Donald Trump, his sons Donald Jr and Eric, and Jared Kushner would also meet that status.
Mueller’s grand jury was likewise convinced that the interactions between Stone and Trump’s team was reciprocal when it came to the WikiLeaks revelations. As the indictment reads, “senior Trump Campaign officials” communicated with Stone about pending dumps of the stolen documents, potentially implicating these individuals in coordinated efforts to disseminate hacked documents for political advantage.
Who might be these senior campaign officials? Here’s a list of some of the better known personas from the Trump campaign:
- Donald Trump, Jr., who was ever-present in his father’s campaign and along with Kushner and Manafort, took the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
- Jared Kushner, head of Trump’s social media campaign which involved data from Cambridge Analytica; at the Trump Tower meeting; set-up numerous liaisons with Kremlin officials.
- Steve Bannon, the chief strategist of the campaign, and former executive with Breitbart News, a far right media machine co-owned by GOP funder Rebekah Mercer, who is also connected to Cambridge Analytica. Bannon acted as the CEO of the Trump Administration before his dismissal.
- Kellyanne Conway, given the title of campaign manager in August 2016, coming to the Trump camp after working on Mike Pence’s interrupted gubernatorial bid. Conway now serves as a counselor in the Trump regime.
- Dan Scavino, worked under Kushner as director of social media for the campaign and holds this same position with the administration.
- Paul Manafort, campaign chair and chief strategist, whose tenure in the Trump campaign lasted from March-August 2016.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who acted as a senior advisor and is the administration’s press secretary.
- Carter Page, active in the campaign until September 2016 when news broke that he had discussions about lifting sanctions with Russian officials in Moscow in July 2016.
- George Papadapoulus, a foreign policy advisor with the campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with Russians.
- Sam Clovis, acted as national campaign co-chair and policy advisor, and supervised Papadapoulus, encouraging him to meet with Russian officials in June 2016.
- Boris Epshsteyn, unofficial campaign spokesperson and Trump surrogate, this Russian-born broadcast journalist is now the top show host for Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- Doug Davenport, a much lesser known campaign staffer, included because of his prior employment with Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, the early lobbying firm of Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, where he did PR for Trump. Davenport was hired in April 2016 by Manafort to work delegates at the GOP convention.