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Trump associate met with Russian

Stone: Contact was in May 2016

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published June 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Roger Stone in Pasadena, Calif., in July 2017.

In late May 2016, Roger Stone -- the longtime confidant of Donald Trump -- slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent.

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BoudinMan says... June 18, 2018 at 7:42 a.m.

Does anybody else remember when trump said very forcefully during the campaign that neither he, nor anybody else in his campaign, had any contacts with the Russians? Just a list of lies that the 30 per centers continue to swallow.

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TimberTopper says... June 18, 2018 at 8:27 a.m.

Yep, seems that all these Russian/Republican Party supporters have selective memory levels.

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LRCrookAttorney says... June 18, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

"...offering dirt on Hillary Clinton,..." Maybe I am being very naive here, but why does it matter who has the dirt on Hillary? Should the investigation be "What was the dirt?" Doesn't all officials running for office look through every nook and cranny as well as talk to anyone who has "dirt" on an opposing candidate? Wouldn't it be paramount to negligence to not look for dirt on the candidate opposing you? We have learned, through the media digging up dirt on Candidates, many a thing that Trump has done. If the media gets this information from a source, such as a Russian, is that not the same thing?

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hah406 says... June 18, 2018 at 9:11 a.m.

LRAC, it is not the same thing. A candidate's campaign paying a foreign country's intelligence service for that information is collusion, it violates campaign finance laws, and borders of treason. It is completely out of bounds. On top of that, Stone has committed perjury by omitting it in his testimony to congress.

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PopMom says... June 18, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

If indeed Stone was merely trying to look for dirt, it is opposition research as long as no laws are broken to get the dirt. It is not illegal to pay somebody for information. However, if the Trump campaign had anything to do with the illegal hack of the DNC computer, this is part of a criminal conspiracy. If the Trump campaign sought free assistance from the Russians, which seems to have occurred, then there was a conspiracy to accept an illegal campaign contribution of mammoth proportions. If the Trump campaign promised Putin favorable treatment for these services, which seems to be the case, then we have a major problem with treason. (I am shocked that Trump wants to be an ally of a totalitarian dictatorship.). The fact that Stone lied about the contact is evidence that something sinister occurred.

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LRCrookAttorney says... June 18, 2018 at 10:02 a.m.

Hah..."A candidate's campaign paying a foreign country's intelligence service for that information is collusion,..."
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No one paid anything to anybody for the information. The text messages and emails supposedly showed that. I do not disagree that if they were asked and they omitted, then they "could" be guilty of perjury. However, it falls back on the old adage of "It depends on what the definition of 'is' is!"

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23cal says... June 18, 2018 at 10:09 a.m.

About "No one paid anything to anybody for the information."
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As quid pro quo, Trump has been paying for Russian assistance ever since he was elected. From trying to remove sanctions on them, to failing to implement sanctions passed by Congress, to blowing up G7 by pushing for Russian inclusion, and plenty of other instances, Trump has been paying consistently.

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mrcharles says... June 18, 2018 at 10:47 a.m.

Captain Louis Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!” (The croupier hands him his money.) “…Your winnings, sir.” “Oh, thank you very much!”

We are all shocked.

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JiminyC56 says... June 18, 2018 at 12:35 p.m.

Did they get Trump this time?

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