Republican operative Roger Stone denied asking a political ally of U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz for $250,000 in trade for making an attempt to safe a pardon in a toddler sex-trafficking and identity-theft case.
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that Stone supplied to assist Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector who’s anticipated to plead responsible this month, get a pardon from President Donald Trump earlier than he left workplace. The pardon was by no means granted.
The report was primarily based on alleged textual content messages between Stone and Greenberg, in addition to an alleged written confession by Greenberg saying that he and Gaetz, a Florida Republican and Trump ally, paid for intercourse with ladies in addition to with a 17-year-old woman.
Stone, who was himself pardoned by Trump after being convicted of mendacity to Congress and tampering with witnesses in an effort to guard the president throughout the Russia probe, mentioned in a textual content message late Friday that his communications with Greenberg had been “clipped out of context.”
“I told Greenberg he would need a lawyer (I am not a lawyer) and that he should be prepared to wire a $250,000 retainer to the right lawyer if he could find one,” Stone mentioned. “I made no effort whatsoever to secure a pardon for Mr. Greenberg and I took not a dime from him or anyone else seeking a pardon.”
The Daily Beast report quotes Stone saying to Greenberg in a Jan. 13 textual content, “I hope you are prepared to wire me $250,000 because I am feeling confident.”
Gaetz has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. His outdoors public relations agency, Logan Circle Group, mentioned in a press release Saturday concerning the Daily Beast report that particulars of the prison case in opposition to Greenberg are proof of his potential to deceive and deform the reality. The agency pointed to an April report on Greenberg’s case by Politico, together with federal claims that he created a bogus Facebook account to falsely accuse a instructor of getting intercourse with a toddler.
“Congressman Gaetz has never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with a 17 year old as an adult,” Logan Circle Group mentioned. “Politico has reported Mr. Greenberg’s threats to make false accusations against others, and while The Daily Beast’s story contains a lot of confessions from Mr. Greenberg, it does not add anything of substance, and certainly no evidence for the wild and false claims about Rep. Gaetz.”
Greenberg’s lawyer, Fritz Scheller, didn’t instantly reply to a cellphone name or e-mail looking for touch upon Saturday.
Around the time Greenberg’s plan to plead responsible was revealed in courtroom on April 8, Gaetz employed one in every of Trump’s prison protection legal professionals, Marc Mukasey, in addition to a brand new spokesperson and political analyst, Logan Circle Group’s Erin Elmore, who was as soon as a contestant on Trump’s “The Apprentice” actuality TV present.
Stone mentioned Greenberg was implicating others as a result of “desperate men often tell lies.”
“I have seen no substantiation or actual proof of any of the wild accusations he has made against Congressman Gaetz,” Stone mentioned.
At the April listening to, Greenberg agreed with prosecutors that his case “should resolve by guilty plea” at a listening to set for May 15 earlier than U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell in Orlando.
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