Roger Stone

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Stone in October 2014
Stone with Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in November 1982

Roger Jason Stone (born Roger Joseph Stone Jr.; August 27, 1952) is an American political consultant,[1] lobbyist and strategist. He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Stone is known for his use of opposition research, studying opposing candidates to find bad things about them. Usually he works for candidates of the Republican Party.[2] Since the 1970s, Stone has worked on the campaigns of key Republican politicians such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and Donald Trump.

Stone is the subject of a Netflix documentary movie, titled Get Me Roger Stone, which focused on his past and role in the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump.[3]

Stone officially left the Trump campaign on August 8, 2015; however, it has been reported that, as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, two associates of Stone have claimed that he collaborated with WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange in the spring of 2016 to discredit Hillary Clinton's campaign. Stone has denied this.[4]

On January 25, 2019, Stone was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in connection with Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation and charged in an indictment with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements.[5][6] Stone pleaded not guilty and denied wrongdoing in press interviews.[7]

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  1. Warner, Margaret (29 Feb 1996). "Money and the Presidency". NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. PBS.
  2. Labash, Matt (November 5, 2007). "Roger Stone, Political Animal, 'Above all, attack, attack, attack—never defend.'". The Weekly Standard.
  3. Mohr, Ian (29 March 2017). "Roger Stone Netflix doc to premiere at Tribeca Film Fest". New York Post.
  4. Hamburger, Tom; Dawsey, Josh; Leonnig, Carol D.; Harris, Shane (13 March 2018). "Roger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  5. Kocieniewski, David. "Trump Associate Stone Charged With Obstruction in Mueller Probe". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  6. "Roger Stone Arrested on Obstruction Charges in Mueller Investigation". Time. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  7. CNN, Katelyn Polantz. "Roger Stone enters not guilty plea". CNN.

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