In the days following the announcement that he received a full pardon from President Donald Trump, longtime ally Roger Stone is on the warpath.
According to the Washington Times, Stone is already planning a list of lawsuits, with the latest announcement that he intends to slap a defamation lawsuit on Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), whom Stone charged with making unwarranted claims that he traded his silence for clemency.
Stone, a former campaign adviser and friend to the president, found himself in legal trouble last year after being convicted on seven counts by a jury for his role in the 2016 election. Trump and many of his allies believed that Stone’s prison sentence was far too harsh for his crimes of perjury.
Just days before his prison sentence was set to begin, Trump granted Stone clemency that commuted the sentence. Fast-forward to last week, Stone was issued a full and unconditional pardon by the president, leaving the Trump confidant primed and ready to take legal action against whomever he wants.
Jeffries first targeted Stone in July after he received the commuted sentence, with Jeffries claiming, “Roger Stone lied. To cover-up for Trump. The corrupt President just paid him back. They can all be indicted.”
That claim apparently didn’t sit well with Stone, according to the New York Post.
“A, that’s a lie. B, it’s defamatory. And three, Hakeem didn’t say it on the House floor. Consequently, I’m going to be suing Congressman Jeffries for $25 million … So, I hope Mr. Jeffries has some proof to his allegation because I will see his a– in court,” Stone said on a morning radio interview.
The longtime Republican political operative also made headlines last week after announcing another $25 million lawsuit against the Department of Justice and other former government officials like James Comey and John Brennan.
Stone’s presidential pardon gives him total clearance to sue anyone he wants and apparently his list is quite long.