Political consultant Roger Stone, under indictment by the Robert Mueller Russia collusion probe and the subject of an FBI raid earlier this week, is using Mario Puzo’s The Godfather to explain some of his actions.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week with host George Stephanopoulos, Stone talked about an email exchange he had with Randy Credico, a comedian, radio host, and activist. Credico, Stone has claimed, was his intermediary in contacts with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In the Mueller indictment, Stone is accused of tampering with witness Credico. One message from Stone indicated Credico should “do a Frank Pentangeli” in order to avoid contradicting Stone’s testimony. In The Godfather Part II, Pentangeli suffered a convenient memory loss when testifying before a congressional committee on Michael Corleone’s activities.
Stephanopolus challenged Stone. “So you were telling him not to tell the truth.”
“No not at all,” Stone responded. “If you saw the actual exchange. First of all, Mr. Credico is an impressionist. He does Humphrey Bogart. He does Jack Nicholson. He does Richard Nixon. He does Bill Clinton. The exchange we talked about is ‘Roger Stone this, Roger Stone that. Roger Stone was in the olive oil business with my father. But that was a long time ago.’ It — it is — it is — has to be seen in context. It is a humorous exchange.
“So they’re taking things out of context, presenting them in a light that it mischaracterized their significance. I never told Mr. Credico to lie.”