Roger Stone has revealed a previously unreported contact in May 2016 with a Russian — one who had worked as an FBI informant — who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton for a sum of $2 million, according to The Washington Post.
Stone's meeting in Miami was set up by Trump campaign communications director Michael Caputo. Stone met a man going by the name Henry Greenberg, who the Post revealed has had multiple aliases in the past, and at least one of which was tied to 17 years of work with the FBI as an informant, which afforded him entry into the U.S., according to court documents.
Greenberg denied orchestrating the meeting under an FBI entrapment scheme, but the FBI has declined to comment on the report, according to the post.
"I didn't realize it was an FBI sting operation at the time, but it sure looks like one now," Stone told the Post.
Greenberg reportedly was offering political dirt on Donald Trump's prospective 2016 presidential election opponent — from an alleged disgruntled former Clinton Foundation staffer named "Alexei" — in exchange for $2 million, an overture Stone told the Post he rejected.
"You don't understand Donald Trump," Stone recalled telling Greenberg, per the report. "He doesn't pay for anything."
Greenberg had contacted Caputo through a Russian-immigrant business partner, showing up at the Stone meeting with a Make America Great Again shirt and showing a picture to show his allegiance to the campaign, according to the Post.
"How crazy is the Russian?" Caputo texted Stone after the meeting, according to messages reviewed and reported by the Post.
Stone responded Greenberg wanted "big" money and was a "waste of time."
These public revelations are surfacing after being a focus of "intense interest" during special counsel Robert Mueller's grilling of Caputo last month, according to the Post. Mueller's office also declined to comment, according to the Post.
The meeting was not previously disclosed by Stone or Caputo, who are now claiming the FBI was using Greenberg to entrap the presidential candidate. The meeting also came just weeks after the reported London conversation with Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
"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.
The Post reportedly reached Greenberg, 59, by phone who initially denied Stone's recollection of the meeting, saying "This is wrong information," before allegedly "changing his story" and stating – as Stone independently did – "Trump will never pay for anything" without having been prompted.
Stone, too, has had denials in the past to the Post.
"I've never been to Russia. I didn’t talk to anybody who was identifiably Russian during the two-year run-up to this campaign," he had said. "I very definitely can't think of anybody who might have been a Russian without my knowledge. It's a canard."
Both Stone and Caputo did not disclose the Greenberg meeting in their separate testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, saying they had not recalled meeting a Russian who offered dirt on Clinton.
Caputo's attorney is now amending his testimony, something Stone will also do, according to the report.
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