Roger Stone appears to be the unnamed individual in a new Russia probe indictment made public Friday who is described as having communicated with Guccifer 2.0 in 2016.
Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump and political figure, agreed with the sentiment in a Friday night interview on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“I think I probably am the person referred to,” Stone said Friday evening.
Earlier Friday, Stone acknowledged to CNN that an exchange in the indictment matches messages he previously released, but initially maintained that he did not believe that he is the unnamed person in the indictment. Stone said the messages “don’t provide any evidence of collaboration or collusion.”
The indictment states that on August 15, 2016, and again on September 9, Russian officers posing as Guccifer 2.0 “wrote a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of the Trump campaign, with language that matches Twitter messages previously released by Stone, who is not named in the indictment.
Stone told CNN by phone, “I don’t think it is me because I wasn’t in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign,” although he was in contact with Donald Trump himself.
Referring to remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday, Stone said, “Look, Rosenstein said in his comments that they knew of no crime by US citizens. They included my exchange with Guccifer, which is now public, in the indictment. And it’s benign. So I don’t know that it refers to me.”
He added, “Based on timing, content and context, they’re benign. They certainly don’t provide any evidence of collaboration or collusion.”
Stone went on to closely parse the language of the indictment, arguing, “My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump. I was not in regular contact with campaign officials.”
In his interview later Friday with Cuomo, Stone that he “misunderstood the reference.”
“I never denied that it was me, I just didn’t understand the earlier reference,” Stone told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Sam Nunberg, Stone’s former protégé, said in an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that he also thought the indictment was referring to Stone.
“I think that they’re referencing Roger,” Nunberg said Friday evening.
“When I communicated with Roger about this, Roger told me he had met with Assange and I believed him at the time. I asked him if Assange had information on Benghazi. … Roger said no, it was going to be information about the Clinton Foundation. I never spoke to him about Guccifer,” he said.
Nunberg added that he thought Stone is “a critical piece for Bob Mueller.”
“He’s spending a lot of money, and Roger is a critical piece for him to make the argument for an impeachment of Donald Trump,” Nunberg told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
In a news conference Friday, Rosenstein said the indictment does not name an American citizen as a knowing participant.”
“There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers,” Rosenstein said, stressing that the investigation was “ongoing.”
In his Friday night interview, Stone continued to say he does not believe Russia behind the hacking of the 2016 election.
“No, I’m sorry, I think it is still unproven,” Stone told Cuomo.
CNN has previously reported that Stone communicated in August 2016 with Guccifer 2.0, the self-proclaimed hacker who took responsibility for breaching the Democratic National Committee and releasing its emails earlier that summer. Stone released screenshots of Twitter direct messages between himself and Guccifer, and downplayed the exchanges.
Friday’s indictment states that in one message sent in August 2016, “the conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0,” sent a message to the unnamed individual that said, “please tell me if i can help u anyhow … it would be a great pleasure to me.” That same message shows up in screen shots that Stone previously released of an exchange he had over Twitter with Guccifer 2.0.