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  • Another low for Roger Stone: Seth Rich’s “parents should be charged with obstruction”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Roger Stone, who has a long history of pushing smears and toxic rhetoric, is now calling for the parents of late Democratic staffer Seth Rich to be charged with obstructing the investigation into their son’s death.

    Stone is a longtime adviser and ally of President Donald Trump who regularly spouts violent, racist, and sexist rhetoric. He’s also a discredited researcher who has pushed fringe conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the Bush and Clinton families.

    Seth Rich was a staffer for the Democratic National Committee when he was shot and killed in July 2016 in Washington, D.C. His unsolved murder has prompted numerous conspiracy theories from conservative media figures such as Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, and Newt Gingrich. (Hannity’s smears have motivated advertisers to pull ads from his program.)

    Rich’s family has pleaded with conservative media to stop peddling “discredited conspiracy theories” about their son’s death and said the right-wing media’s rhetoric has "perpetuate[d] our nightmare."

    That matters little to Stone, who is now casting doubts on the parents’ motives and saying they “should be charged with obstruction.”

    Stone told the Miami New Times that Seth Rich’s “parents should be charged with obstruction":

    But Hannity isn't the only media force still pushing the almost certainly bogus Seth Rich-WikiLeaks claims. South Florida's Roger Stone continues to give the conspiracy theories heavy play through his show on InfoWars, his social media accounts, and on his own site, the Stone Zone. Doesn't he feel any need to back down given the rumors' widespread debunking and the Rich family's requests to stop?

    "Their right to privacy is important, but not as important as the public's right to the truth," Stone says in a text message to New Times. "Frankly, at this point, the parents should be charged with obstruction."

    He previously claimed in an error-riddled rant on his weekly radio program that the parents are engaging in “suspicious” behavior:

    You have a number of interesting factors here. First of all, there’s the change in the story of Seth Rich’s parents. Initially they themselves denied that this was a robbery. Now suddenly they’re being represented by a crisis communications consultant paid for by the Democratic National Committee. To say the least, that is suspicious.

    He also wrote on his website that “people who should want that truth revealed should be Mr. Rich’s loving parents themselves. Their lack of interest in this question only makes the events surrounding this investigation smell worse.”     

    Stone accused the Clintons of murdering Rich shortly after his death, tweeting: “Four more dead bodies in the Clinton's wake. Coincidence? I think not.”

  • Wash. Post didn’t disclose that writer who penned positive piece about Trump's Saudi trip is paid by Saudi government

    Why does the Post embarrass itself by publishing lobbyist Ed Rogers?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    The Washington Post allowed contributor Ed Rogers to praise Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia without disclosing that he’s a lobbyist for the Saudi Royal Court. The Post has repeatedly allowed Rogers to promote his lobbying clients’ interests without disclosure.

    Rogers is the chairman of the BGR Group, a leading Washington, D.C., lobbying group. BGR is part of a vast network of American lobbying and public relations firms that work for the Saudi government. The Post itself has reported on Rogers’ role in promoting Saudi interests. An April 2016 article stated that Rogers “did not immediately return a request for comment” about his lobbying work for the Saudi government and that “Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog.”

    Rogers and BGR signed an agreement letter with the Saudi Royal Court on August 24, 2015, to “provide public relations and media management services for The Center [for Studies and Media Affairs at The Saudi Royal Court], which includes both traditional and social media forums.” The contract is worth $500,000 per year.

    Rogers used his Washington Post space to write a May 16 piece praising Trump’s then-upcoming overseas trip as a “good idea” and an opportunity to “begin a reset even if relief is only temporary.” He added that “the American public responds positively to seeing their president meeting with world leaders, reassuring them of our leadership abroad, and coming to agreements on matters of global importance. Trump’s meetings in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican are opportune settings for this administration to make a bold statement to the world that the United States is stronger and more committed than ever to leading.”

    The Post column did not disclose that the Saudi government has paid Rogers and his company. The piece was syndicated to The Plain Dealer, Chicago Tribune, and The Kansas City Star, according to a Nexis search.

    Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt disputed Media Matters’ criticism in an email, stating: “The post was not about Saudi Arabia in any way but was a very general look at the political implications of foreign travel.” BGR Group did not reply to a request for comment. 

    Hiatt told Media Matters in April that if Rogers “lobbies for a specific client or specific issue and then writes about that specific client or issue, I think readers should be made aware, and I’m confident Ed agrees.” 

    Media Matters has documented numerous instances over the years in which the Post failed to properly disclose Rogers' clients when a piece aligned with their lobbying interests. These disclosure failures include topics such as the environment, military spending, and Wall Street

    This post has been updated with Hiatt’s comment.

  • Alex Jones’ website Infowars broadcasts from the White House press briefing room

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON & ERIC HANANOKI

    Conspiracy website Infowars’ Washington bureau chief, Jerome Corsi, conducted a live broadcast from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House, telling viewers that Infowars had obtained a temporary pass and was working to obtain permanent White House press credentials.

    Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones operates Infowars, a disreputable outlet that has pushed conspiracy theories about tragedies such as the 9/11 attacks, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Boston Marathon bombing, and Oklahoma City bombing. The site also posts false information in support of Trump, and it promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. Jones has said that he communicates with President Donald Trump and offers him advice.

    The outlet hired Corsi in January. Corsi has made a living pushing false conspiracy theories, including the claim that former President Barack Obama has a fake birth certificate, which he was instrumental in spreading.

    During the livestream, Corsi discussed an embargoed budget document and then used an iPad to give viewers a tour of the nearly empty briefing room.

    Corsi said that Infowars does not yet have permanent press credentials but that he wanted to emphasize that the site had obtained a temporary pass and was able to physically broadcast from the White House.

    While giving the tour, Corsi added, “We’re here. I think that makes clear we’re going to get press credentials and we’ll do what we need to do to get here on a regular basis to get permanent press credentials.” He signed off by saying, “Let’s kind of end this now by just saying we’re here, we’re going to get more established as we go along, and I’m very, very pleased to have made this step today.”

    Earlier today, Corsi wrote on Twitter, “Jerome Corsi, Washington Bureau Chief, http://Infowars.com. We have WH PRESS CREDENTIALS. I'm in WH May 22, 2017”:

    An accompanying Infowars article said that the outlet delivered “an epic blow to the mainstream media’s control of the narrative” by gaining access to White House press briefings and that “Alex Jones may even attend some White House press briefings in person.”

    Earlier this month, Jones announced that Infowars had been granted a weekly press pass to the White House and was working “very hard” to get permanent credentials. In January, Jones claimed that his site had been offered a White House press credential. The White House press office denied the claim. Jones later claimed he meant that Infowars “can get them if we want them, guaranteed.”

    Infowars’ access means yet another dishonest, far-right entity is in the press room.

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wrote on Twitter that Corsi’s presence in the White House made him want to “throw up” given Infowars’ ongoing role in promoting conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting:

  • Likely Vatican Ambassador Callista Gingrich's Company Hawked Biblical Cancer "Cure"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Callista Gingrich’s media production company sent sponsored emails claiming that “cancer was cured back in 1925” and such cures can be found in the Bible. Gingrich is reportedly set to become the United States’ ambassador to the Vatican.

    The New York Times and CNN are reporting that President Donald Trump will soon nominate Gingrich to be the United States ambassador to the Holy See. Gingrich is an author, columnist, and president of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newtfounded the company to feature the couple’s media work and provide consulting services. Gingrich Productions also rents out its email list, which reportedly has 250,000 subscribers and was used by the Trump campaign during the election.

    Gingrich Productions sends numerous shady sponsored emails, including ones that claim that “cancer was cured back in 1925” and “the actual cure” for cancer can be found in the Bible -- and it can be unlocked by subscribing to a newsletter for $74 (or $37 if you’re over the age of 60). The emails are from Health Revelations and Health Sciences Institute (HSI), which are both owned by NewMarket Health, LLC, a subsidiary of Agora, Inc.

    For example: 

    • Gingrich Productions sent a February 2016 Health Revelations email claiming to have “the TRUTH” about preventing cancer and deadly tumors. The email linked to a pitch page claiming that “all cancers were actually cured back in 1925” but the government has been covering up the evidence. The email ultimately asked readers to subscribe to the Health Revelations newsletter, which costs up to $74 a year.
    • In October and December 2015, Gingrich Productions sent an email from Health Sciences Institute claiming that “researchers investigating” the Bible have “unlocked a connection to a stunning cancer-fighting power... a breakthrough so monumental, it's poised to make traditional cancer therapies obsolete... and save millions of lives.” HSI is a subscription newsletter, which costs up to $74 a year.
    • In 2013, Gingrich Productions sent an email from Health Revelations which also claimed that “cancer was cured back in 1925” and a “God-fearing American doctor … gives the actual cure.”

    Gingrich Productions’ emails carry the disclaimer that the message “reflects the opinions and representations of our advertiser alone, and not necessarily the opinion or editorial positions of Gingrich Productions.”

    HSI and Health Revelations have been heavily criticized for their shady business practices and marketing of scammy medical advice. The conservative movement has been heavily infected with scams. Similar cancer “cure” emails became an issue during the Republican presidential primary when then-candidate Mike Huckabee was criticized for sending out sponsored emails from Health Revelations.

    Gingrich Productions has also rented out its email list to other dubious entities, including a financial firm that was fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission for engaging in "deliberate fraud" and profiting from "false statements." Here are five emails previously documented by Media Matters:

    "New Scandal in the White House?" A cryptic July 11, 2013, Stansberry & Associates email claimed that there's a "big new scandal brewing in the White House" and "when this scandal is ultimately exposed, it's going to have major implications not only for [former President] Barack Obama, but also for our entire country." Gingrich Productions frequently sent out emails from Stansberry despite the fact that it’s a disgraced financial firm that was fined $1.5 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for engaging in "deliberate fraud" and profiting from "false statements." The company’s founder, Porter Stansberry complained in April 2013 that it is "fucking bullshit" that people get upset at him for using slurs like "nigger" and "fag" when he's "not the least bit bigoted."

    "The Illuminati [Secret Society] Puts a Deathgrip on America." A December 31, 2013, Wall Street Daily email claimed that the "Illuminati was behind every consequential wealth event of the past year" including bitcoin. The Illuminati is a frequent player in conspiracy theories.

    "Obama's 'Secret Mistress' Exposed." A December 12, 2013, email from Laissez Faire Club claimed that "President Obama has made painstaking efforts to keep his 'secret mistress' hidden from the American public, and he has succeeded brilliantly... until now."

    "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Social Security Checks . . ." A September 12, 2013, Newsmax Media email claimed it has "stumbled upon this weird trick that can add $1,000 to monthly Social Security checks." (For more on this email claim, see here.)

    "Fort Knox is Empty (the Gold's Missing...)." An August 20, 2013, Wall Street Daily email claimed, "Whispers are swirling around Capitol Hill that Fort Knox is empty" and "the U.S. government has been shipping gold to nations like China (as collateral for a weak dollar)." 

  • Contradicting Trump, Roger Stone Claimed The President Spoke To Him Several Times In Recent Months

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    President Donald Trump and his longtime adviser Roger Stone have given contradictory accounts of whether they have recently talked. Both are under fire after Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who was heading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Russia’s potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

    Stone has had a relationship with Trump for roughly 40 years and worked as a paid consultant to his campaign in 2015. He now contributes to Alex Jones’ Infowars outlet and produces commentaries through his website and radio show. He recently began marketing “opportunities” for advertisers based on his access to the president.

    Politico and CNN have reported that Stone recently encouraged Trump to fire Comey. Media Matters documented that Stone had repeatedly attacked Comey and urged Trump to fire him in media appearances and on his Twitter account.

    Trump tweeted today that CNN was wrong because he has “not spoken to Roger in a long time - had nothing to do with my decision.”

    But Stone claimed in a May 5 appearance on SiriusXM Patriot’s The David Webb Show that he talked to Trump “less than a week ago” and after media appearances in March and April:  

    GUEST CO-HOST: When was the last time you talked to him?

    ROGER STONE: Been a little while now. I would say -- I don’t want to characterize it, but less than a week ago.

    GUEST CO-HOST: Good talk?

    STONE: From time to time. He’s easier to find on the weekends. He’s got more time on his hands. But I’m happy to say after I was on with George Stephanopoulos, he called. After I was on with Chuck Todd, he called. After the Netflix document trailer was released, he called.

    GUEST CO-HOST: What’d he say?

    STONE: Well, I mean, he was certainly pleased with those appearances because, of course, I was happy to defend Donald Trump.

    Stone appeared on George Stephanopoulos’ program on March 26 and on Chuck Todd’s program on April 13. The Stone trailer was released by Netflix on March 29.

    During an interview that aired on the March 28 edition of WNYC’s The Takeaway, Stone said: “I have not spoken to the president on the phone recently but I have heard from the president recently.” Stone also told the Daily Mail in a March 21 interview that “they had been in contact since the inauguration.”

    In late April, Stone told Jamie Weinstein that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones talks to the president “from time to time.” When Weinstein responded by pointing out that Stone characterizes his communications with Trump in a similar way, Stone said, “Right. And we’re smart enough not to characterize beyond that.”

    UPDATE: In an interview with WSVN (Miami, FL’s Fox affiliate) reporter Brian Entin, Stone said that Trump “certainly knows my views on Comey” but denied influencing his decision. He also refused to deny that he’s spoken to the president recently.

  • In Media And Online, Roger Stone Urged Trump To Fire Comey, Whose Agency Was Reportedly Investigating Stone

    Stone Has Called For Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro To Replace Comey

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone had repeatedly attacked Comey and urged Trump to fire him. Stone has reportedly been under FBI investigation since January regarding “possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump.”

    Stone has had a relationship with Trump for roughly 40 years and worked as a paid consultant to his campaign in 2015. He now contributes to Alex Jones’ Infowars outlet and produces commentaries through his website and radio show. He recently began marketing “opportunities” for advertisers based on his access to the president. Stone has claimed that he still communicates with Trump and sends him memos with “political thoughts.”  

    Politico reported that “Several Stone allies and friends said Stone, who has been frequently mentioned in the investigation, encouraged the president to fire Comey in conversations in recent weeks.” He tweeted this morning “Good Riddance” and claimed Comey gave Clinton “a pass” on her emails.

    CNN reported that a source said Stone “told Trump to fire Comey” while adding that that didn’t necessarily mean Stone’s opinion caused the decision. Trump tweeted, “The Roger Stone report on @CNN is false - Fake News. Have not spoken to Roger in a long time - had nothing to do with my decision.” Stone responded to Trump on Twitter: "With all due respect, I am not the source of CNN story and have made no such claim. I support the President's decision to fire Comey 100%." 

    Stone had repeatedly urged Trump to ax Comey prior to his firing yesterday and said Comey has no “public credibility.”

    While hosting Jones’ program on March 22, Stone claimed that Comey has repeatedly helped Clinton and said Comey “has no public credibility. They used him to blacken my name because you see when he says -- they ask a question about Roger Stone, ‘Is he under investigation?’ He says, ‘Well I couldn’t comment on that.’ You see, this is a Kabuki dance, it’s like a circus. That’s meant to hang in the air pregnantly implying yes. Let me say this: I fear nothing from an FBI investigation.”

    During a May 3 appearance on Jones’ program, Stone said that Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is “a great patriot” who “should be the FBI director in this administration.”

    While hosting the March 8 edition of The Alex Jones Show (with guest John Kiriakou), Stone said, “Comey has worn out his credibly. He has no more public credibility. It is time for Donald Trump to make Judge Jeanine Pirro the head of the FBI”:  

    ROGER STONE: How can you tell they’re lying at the CIA? Their lips are moving. I think that you are exactly right. The president, however, needs to clean house. You have an analogous situation at the FBI. Why he has allowed Mr. Comey, who covered up for the Clintons in the Sandy Berger affair, covered up for the Clintons in the Marc Rich affair, covered up for the Clintons in their initial illegal server controversy where incredibly he slices and dices all of the things Hillary did in violation of the law and then announces that she won’t be prosecuted. That in itself tells you that by Election Day, when he first on Thursday said he was reopening the investigation based on 650,000 additional new emails and then on Sunday night I believe it was, says “Well folks, we went through all 750 or 650, there’s nothing there." Mr. Comey has worn out his credibly. He has no more public credibility. It is time for Donald Trump to make Judge Jeanine Pirro the head of the FBI. She was a distinguished prosecutor with a reputation for integrity. And I guarantee you she is one tough lady, someone I have known for, jeez, I guess 30 years going back to her days as the Westchester County [New York] district attorney. She could clean up the agency, of that I have no doubt.

    During an April 29 broadcast of his Stone Cold Truth radio program, Stone accused Comey of committing a “perjurious lie” when he said Trump Tower wasn’t wiretapped.  

    He wrote on March 9 that Comey “must be held responsible” for his attempts “to destroy Donald Trump”:

    “The buck stops here” said our next-to-last anti-communist democratic President Harry S. Truman. Obama and his many minions, including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, must be held responsible for a naked attempt to utilize the federal investigative machinery and their well-oiled leak machine to destroy Donald Trump all on the basis of an entirely manufactured talking points from the Clinton campaign.

    On his Twitter account, Stone has called on Trump to fire Comey and claimed the former FBI director is “in the tank for the Clinton Crime family,” that he has “committed perjury” for stating that Trump Tower wasn’t bugged, and that he “belongs in prison with” Hillary Clinton.

  • Roger Stone Selling “Advertising Opportunities” With “President Donald Trump's Confidant”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Roger Stone is marketing “opportunities” for advertisers based on his access to President Donald Trump.

    Stone has a decades-long relationship with Trump and worked as a paid consultant on his presidential campaign in 2015. He recently said that he still communicates with Trump and sends him memos. Stone is currently a contributor to Alex Jones’ Infowars outlet and posts media commentaries through his Stone Cold Truth radio program and website.  

    The Florida-based Alliance Strategies Group (ASG) announced in a press release that Stone has retained the firm to “exclusively represent his online presence especially through the StoneColdTruth.com website for digital advertising opportunities.” Those opportunities include "ads on the website, sponsor newsletters, social media posts and send dedicated email messages to his passionate and active freedom-loving audience." 

    The company’s press release touts Stone’s access to the president to potential advertisers, describing him as “President Donald Trump's confidant and political advisor of over 40 years” and quoting a New York Times piece stating that Stone “won't say how frequently they speak these days.”

    Entities sponsoring Roger Stone would be associated with someone who regularly spouts racist rhetoric such as calling opponents "stupid negro," “fat negro,” “mandingo,” and “arrogant know-it-all negro." They would sponsor the work of someone who lobs misogynistic and sexist insults such as “cunt” and has called for the execution or deaths of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, and others. And they would be tied to someone who is reportedly under FBI investigation regarding “connections between Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

    ASG is led by Republican consultant Bryan G. Rudnick. Rudnick previously directed an anti-gay effort in Massachusetts for the “protection” of marriage. He drafted a 2008 email for Pennsylvania Republicans to “Fellow Jewish Voters” that likened “a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to events that led up to the Holocaust” (Pennsylvanian Republican Party officials disavowed the email and said they fired Rudnick).

    ASG has also done work for the pro-Trump Great America PAC, a group Stone has labeled a “scam.”

    Previously:

    A Comprehensive Guide To Trump Ally Roger Stone, A Racist, Sexist Conspiracy Theorist

  • Former Employees Trash Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones In BuzzFeed Profile

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Numerous former Infowars employees trashed their old boss and conspiracy theorist host Alex Jones in interviews with BuzzFeed. They accused Jones of misleading his audience about his sources, rooting for former President Barack Obama’s reelection for “business” purposes, and turning his purported news operation into “QVC for conspiracy.”  

    Jones has woven elaborate conspiracy theories about tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 9/11, and the Boston Marathon bombing, among many others. He has recently pushed false claims such as the pizzagate conspiracy theory and threatened to “beat” “cocksucker” Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) “goddamn ass.” Jones has gained prominence in recent months with the election of President Donald Trump, who has appeared on his show, picks up Jones’ conspiracy theories, and reportedly communicates with him.

    BuzzFeed reporter Charlie Warzel did an extensive profile of the radio host, writing, “Jones is eminently and unquestionably himself at all times. Jones has been this way since he was brawling among parked cars. It’s made him a fortune, but now that his moment is finally here, it could be his undoing.”

    Warzel found that Jones’ Infowars staff “fell largely into two camps: those who bought fully into Jones and the information-war narrative, and those who were less sure.” He interviewed numerous former employees who trashed their former boss. One former employee said of Jones’ “sources”:

    “Sometimes he'll say he has sources and he's been told a piece of news has been confirmed but we wouldn’t have that information,” a former Infowars employee said. “Later we’d find out it was because a week earlier we had a caller on air who theorized about something and Alex repeated it as fact.”

    Others accused Jones of secretly rooting for Obama’s reelection because he was “nervous over the prospect of losing the polarizing president that had helped usher in ratings gold.”

    Jones was also criticized for hawking an array of dubious health products geared toward his conspiracy theory-friendly audience. One former employee told Warzel:

    For some employees, the shift from what they saw as crusader journalism to content marketing for colloidal silver was jarring. “It became a moral issue for me,” one said. “It’s why I don’t work there anymore.”

    Jones later responded to the BuzzFeed article during his show and claimed the piece is “the biggest load of crap the world has ever seen.”

    Media Matters recently noted that Kurt Nimmo, who spent years working for Jones, has been trashing him as a “snake oil salesman” who sold out to support Trump.

    Read BuzzFeed’s Jones profile here.  

  • A Guide To Donald Trump’s Relationship With Alex Jones

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    Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist who has repeatedly bragged about his communications and influence with President Donald Trump. Trump has frequently picked up conspiracy theories and narratives from Jones, including that the 2016 election was “rigged,” former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton founded ISIS, and millions of people voted illegally in the last election.

  • Roger Stone Says Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones And Donald Trump "Talk From Time To Time"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, said that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks to the president “from time to time.”

    Jones has claimed that the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Sandy Hook, Columbine, Oklahoma City, and the Boston Marathon, among others.

    Jones has repeatedly bragged about his access to Trump since the election. Jones said Trump called to “thank” his audience following his win; stated that Trump once called “like three times in a row”; said, “I talk to the president and I talk to people who talk to the president every day”; apologized to Trump for missing his phone calls; claimed Trump or his sons watch his videos and show “every night”; and said that the president calls him up to ask if he’s “happy” with his performance.

    Stone is also a disreputable conspiracy theorist who is a regular contributor to Jones’ program and helped set up Trump’s December 2015 appearance on Jones’ show. Jones said today that his outlet Infowars has been given a weekly White House press pass and "we're pending getting our regular passes." 

    Stone appeared on the April 30 edition of The Jamie Weinstein Show and said that Trump speaks to Jones “from time to time”:

    JAMIE WEINSTEIN: To what extent does he actually talk to Donald Trump? He claims he talks to him often. Is it a regularly basis that they talk?  

    ROGER STONE: They talk from time to time.

    WEINSTEIN: The same as you, you obviously say about yourself.

    STONE: Right. And we’re smart enough not to characterize beyond that.

    WEINSTEIN: Is it more than once a month?

    STONE: I couldn’t say because I don’t know. But the point is anytime any media outlet has millions of viewers, why would you not speak to it.

    WEINSTEIN: So he’s spoken since he’s been president?

    STONE: Yes.

    WEINSTEIN: More than once?

    STONE: Yes.

    WEINSTEIN: More than three times?

    STONE: Yes.

    WEINSTEIN: OK. So he talks to Alex Jones --

    STONE: From time to time.

    WEINSTEIN: Will he appear on his show?

    STONE: That remains to be seen. I think he should appear.