President Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone dropped references to “The Godfather” and even threatened an associate’s dog to try to keep him from testifying in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to court papers unsealed Friday.
The 24-page indictment charging the 66-year-old Republican operative with lying to lawmakers and tampering with a witness lay out how he desperately urged “Person 2” to plead the Fifth — before resorting to the threats.
In one message, Stone directed “Person 2,” who appears to be New York radio host Randy Credico, to pull a “Frank Pentangeli” — a reference to “The Godfather: Part II” character who refuses to testify to Congress after mobsters bring his brother from Italy to the hearing to intimidate him.
“Stonewall it. Plead the fifth. Anything to save the plan’ … Richard Nixon,” Stone allegedly texted Credico on Nov. 19, 2017, when the host told him his attorney wanted to meet.
After Credico pleaded the Fifth to the House Intelligence Committee, he texted Stone in late 2017, “You should be honest w fbi” about his alleged knowledge of WikiLeaks’ dump of Democratic National Committee emails.
Months later, Stone fired off texts blasting Credico.
“You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends-run your mouth my lawyers are dying Rip you to shreds,” he wrote on April 9, 2018, according to court documents.
Stone also threatened that he would “take that dog away from you,” referring to Credico’s white Coton de Tulear therapy dog, Bianca.
The same day, Stone declared war.
“I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive],” he texted.
Stone, President Trump’s longtime confidant, has maintained that he only learned that WikiLeaks had the emails and planned to publish them through his “intermediary” Credico. He has also described the radio host as a “mutual friend” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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