Trump’s confidant and former campaign advisor, Roger Stone, took great pride with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that they broke the story about incoming allegations of sexual misconduct against Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). It appeared Stone had foreknowledge, as he seemed to when Wikileaks dumped information on the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign. As the story has developed over the day, it appears that the mystery of how Stone knew about Franken’s accuser has become less mysterious. A conservative-leaning Los Angeles radio station where Stone has been a guest, as has Leeann Tweeden, the woman who made the allegations, has come forward. The station, KABC, claims they had informed: “some of our news partners so they could prepare to cover what we knew was a very significant story.”
Investigative reporter, Lisa Guerrero commented on the connection between Stone and Tweeden.
The woman accusing Frankin works for KABC (a conservative leaning AM radio station) who is friendly w Roger Stone, a frequent guest. Perhaps someone there gave Stone or InfoWars the heads up that the story was coming out? Just guessing. https://t.co/oj66wZN4kM
— Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽 (@4lisaguerrero) November 17, 2017
CNN anchor, Jake Tapper, posted KABC’s statement on Twitter:
KABC Statement Regarding Claims of Coordination with Roger Stone: pic.twitter.com/HdoHRKYegA
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 17, 2017
There has been some indication from Roger Stone, and Alex Jone’s discussion on the extreme right-wing conspiracy show InfoWars, that the two men may feel personally threated by Franken, saying that he has made fascist statements about censoring free speech relating to the Russians and their interference in the 2016 presidential election. Franken authored an article for The Guardian, where he talked about “commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.” Apparently Jones and Stone saw it as a threat to their own website and right to free speech.
Now we learn that Stone and Tweeden both appear on the same conservative radio station, which strengthens the idea that the allegations about Franken could be politically motivated. Even so, Franken has not denied the allegations, apologized to Tweeden and volunteered to comply with any inquiry from the Senate Ethics Committee.
Political commentator, Keith Olbermann, noted how the allegations against Franken played out, as compared to the news about allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, among other recent stories of sexual misconduct.
So she reveals the conduct, he apologizes, she accepts the apology, doesn’t want him to resign, and he wants a formal Ethics Investigation of his own conduct. All in one day – rather than everybody stonewalling and/or taking immovable stances. https://t.co/VKTQ84c4BD
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 16, 2017
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