We’ve seen months of clues that Roger Stone is in the crosshairs of the Mueller investigation. We heard yesterday that Mueller may be preparing a report and a new round of indictments for soon after the election. Now we hear that Stone is high on the list of what Mueller’s investigators have wanted to know about in their post-cooperation agreement meetings with Manafort.
Stone and Manafort are former business partners. But it’s worth noting that that understates the relationship. Along with Lee Atwater, who died as a young man almost thirty years ago, Stone and Manafort basically created the late 20th century version of American political graft. It’s a storied and longstanding relationship and one I’ve always suspected is a key part of how the 2016 campaign came together.