When it comes to allegedly talking to Russians, Roger Stone is far from alone.
Stone was arrested Friday with an indictment that details his alleged ties to Wikileaks, which obtained and published stolen DNC emails during the 2016 campaign cycle. But his documented contacts are just a handful of the more than 100 interactions President Trump's campaign team had "with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries," The New York Times found in an analysis published Saturday.
So far, six of Trump's campaign associates have been charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference. Those indictments describe several dozen times when those charged officials, including Stone and Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen, talked with Russia or Wikileaks after Trump's campaign began, the Times notes. And that's not to mention 11 other campaign officials who haven't been charged, but have appeared in other indictments and reports that allege they talked with Russia — Trump included.
For example, Stone has had at least 18 contacts with Russia or Wikileaks from the time Trump announced his 2016 campaign, the Times says. They span from a time Stone "met with a Russian who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton in exchange for money" to a Wikileaks message he received after Trump's inauguration, the Times writes. Even Trump himself has had at least six contacts with someone from Russia, though he's explicitly denied Russian contact three times, the analysis shows.
President Trump and his lawyer have claimed "no collusion" at least 55 times altogether — and that's just on Twitter.
On Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, telling host Chris Cuomo he "never said there was no collusion between the [Trump] campaign or between people in the campaign." Giuliani only said "the president" did not collude, he claimed, prompting suggestions that Giuliani just admitted to Trump campaign collusion.
A quick look back through Giuliani's TV appearances and tweets shows that's not exactly true. Giuliani has tweeted no fewer than 10 times broadly claiming "no collusion." Some of those tweets do, as Giuliani claimed, refer only to the the president. But others say members of the campaign team, in "all [cases] so far," have shown no signs of "collusion" or "obstruction."
According to sources close to Manafort defense: “The coooeration agree does not involve the Trump campaign....There was no collusion with Russia.” Another road travelled by Mueller. Same conclusion: no evidence of collusion President did nothing wrong.
Trump, meanwhile, has been a little less careful with his words. He's denied collusion at least 45 times in tweets, explicitly saying the Trump campaign committed "no collusion" 18 times and calling suggestions otherwise a "TOTAL HOAX."
Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!