Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at

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It's been nearly a month since longtime Republican operative Roger Stone resigned from Donald Trump's presidential campaign (or was fired, to hear Trump tell it.) But the two old friends haven't stopped talking politics.

"We’re on cordial terms. We talk. I have not signed on with any super PAC so I have no prohibition," Stone told TPM in a phone interview. "Trump has been my friend for 35 years. He’s still my friend."

Stone may be on the outside of the real estate mogul's campaign now, but he's still one of its most visible and vocal surrogates. In recent weeks, cable news bookers and newspaper reporters (as well as TPM) have turned to Stone to unpack the allure of Trump's candidacy, since the former Nixon operative spent so much time inside TrumpWorld and is now free of the constraints of the campaign.

Well, mostly free. Stone told TPM that he signed a confidentiality agreement preventing him from going into detail about the campaign's internal deliberations.

TPM caught up with Stone, who said he was running out for a coffee after a night without any sleep, Tuesday morning.

"I have a book coming out on the Clintons and the manuscript had to be in at 9 o' clock this morning so I was up all night," he said. "But it’s in."

Below is a transcript of the wide-ranging conversation, which touches on everything from the rising tide of white supremacist support for Trump to Stone's own U.S. Senate aspirations, that has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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Pundits argued about whether Donald Trump or Fox News had the upper hand in the aftermath of the first GOP debate in which anchor Megyn Kelly famously asked the unapologetic billionaire about his history of making derogatory comments about women.

But longtime Trump friend and former adviser Roger Stone told TPM as part of a wide-ranging interview set to be published Wednesday that both the conservative news channel and the GOP frontrunner emerged from the "food fight" on stronger footing.

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Convicted Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) may remain free while the Supreme Court mulls whether to take up his appeal.

The Court on Monday overturned a lower court's rejection of McDonnell's request to stay out from behind bars pending his appeal of federal corruption convictions, according to the Associated Press. It's a win for the former governor, who otherwise would have had to report to prison to begin serving a two year sentence.