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Timothy L. O'Brien

Roger Stone’s Indictment Hits Trump Close to Home

A Mueller indictment further dispels the notion that the Trump campaign wasn’t working closely with Russian interests during the 2016 presidential race.

Roger Stone.

Roger Stone.

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In Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film trilogy about the inner workings of an organized crime family and its rivals, “The Godfather,” a pivotal scene involves a mobster named Frank Pentangeli (“Frankie Five Angels” to his friends) deciding to lie to Congress rather than betray his boss, Michael Corleone.

In Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone, filed on Thursday in federal court in Washington, a pivotal scene involves Stone — a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump — advising an associate, Randy Credico, about to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, that he should “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’ before HPSCI in order to avoid contradicting” Stone’s own testimony.