WASHINGTON – A day after being indicted, Roger Stone used his Instagram account to mock special counsel Robert Mueller and dub the charges against him a big “nothingburger.”
“Here’s what Mueller has on me #nothingburger,” Stone posted on Saturday. The post accompanied a doctored image of Mueller dressed up as a waiter holding an empty bun on a silver platter.
Stone is no stranger to controversy and has a way of creating a stir with his candid and sometimes bizarre posts on social media. After being arrested Friday, Stone posted a photo of himself with the words “Who framed Roger Stone,” a play off the 1988 movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
Stone, a veteran political consultant and longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on charges of lying about his role in Russian meddling during the 2016 election designed to benefit Trump’s campaign.
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The indictment laid out, for the first time, investigators’ understanding of efforts by the Trump campaign to learn about the website WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging information about Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton; prosecutors say that information was stolen by Russian intelligence seeking to influence the election on Trump’s behalf.
The allegations revolve around Stone’s alleged contacts with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign. He is accused of lying about his contacts with WikiLeaks, including dealings with website founder Julian Assange, as well as interactions with members of the Trump campaign about stolen emails.
“During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign,” the indictment said. “STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1.”
Organization 1 is a reference to WikiLeaks.
Stone has repeatedly said he is innocent and that Mueller is conducting a vendetta against him and the president.
After he was released on bail, Stone spoke outside a federal courthouse in Florida then made appearances on CNN and Fox News to denounce the charges and boast that he would never testify against the president.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen