Roger Stone, the Proud Boys, & Stone’s network of miscreants, Part 3 (2019-July 2020)
The alliance among Stone, Stone’s network, and the Proud Boys was on full display in 2019 and 2020.
By Jennifer Cohn, 6/18/22
Even before the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Donald Trump’s longtime confidante, Roger Stone, had created a dangerous new template for American politics, combining information warfare with physical intimidation. The Proud Boys, an extremist group founded by one of Stone’s friends in September 2016, were a key element of this template. Five Proud Boys leaders have since been indicted on sedition conspiracy charges relating to the insurrection.
Three of them — Joe Biggs, Enrique Tarrio, and Ethan Nordean — are featured in this piece. According to a confidential informant who spoke with the January 6 Committee, some members of the organization would have killed Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others lawmakers if given the chance.
January — February 2019
In January 2019, Stone was indicted on five counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of witness tampering.
The charges involved Stone’s communications regarding Wikileaks, the organization that had upended Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign by leaking hacked emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). According to the US intelligence committee, the documents were hacked by Russia and laundered through Wikileaks. But Stone and Fox News (among others in Stone’s network) claimed that the documents were not hacked, but rather leaked by a DNC staffer named Seth Rich. Rich could not defend himself because he had been murdered by unknown assailants as he walked home from work in July 2016,
The Rich family sued Sean Hannity and Fox News for defaming their son and received a hefty…