Trump Confidant Roger Stone Admits He Met with A Russian Offering Dirt on Hillary Clinton During the 2016 Campaign

The meeting marks yet another effort by members of the Trump campaign to obtain information from a foreign entity.

Roger Stone, Donald Trump’s longtime adviser and self-described “dirty trickster” met with a Russian national offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton in May 2016, theWashington Postreports.

At the meeting in Sunny Isles, FL, Stone said Henry Greenberg, a Russian restaurateur, asked Stone for $2 million in exchange for dirt on Clinton. Stone told the Post he shot down Greenberg’s request. 

“You don’t understand Donald Trump,” Stone said he told Greenberg. “He doesn’t pay for anything.”

Greenberg denies asking Stone for money.

Stone also communicated about the meeting with Michael Caputo, a former Trump communications aide who once worked to rehab Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“How crazy is the Russian?” Caputo asked Stone, who described the meting as a “waste of time.”

Stone, who’s said he’s prepared for an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller, and Caputo, who’s spoken publicly about his tough sit-down with federal investigators, told the Post they believe they were the target of FBI investigators trying to hurt Trump.

Greenberg, who claimed in 2015 he’d spent 17 years as an FBI informant, said he was not working with the bureau when he met with Stone.

“If you believe that [Greenberg] took time off from his long career as an FBI informant to reach out to us in his spare time, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell you,” Caputo told the Post.


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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.