Political gambling site PredictIt has launched betting on whether or not Roger Stone will testify in open session before Congress by the end of the year, and whether or not he will face federal criminal charges in the Russia interference probe.
Bets on Stone opened Tuesday on “the stock market for politics.”
In a phone interview regarding the PredictIt questions, Stone told Big League Politics that he will likely be testifying in July.
“I think we are very close to a tentative agreement for the ground rules of a testimony in July, but they are not open to a public session,” Stone told Big League. “Which figures, because they attack me in public sessions. Remember that members of Congress have immunity for the libelous and false things they say — so when Adam Schiff from California tells an egregious lie and defames you, unfortunately you can’t sue him — or I would.”
Stone explained that he is eager to testify because it is the only method available to counter the false claims being made about him by members of Congress.
“The only opportunity that I have to respond to a litany of falsehoods that they have put out is the hearings. That said, I will probably proceed because I would like to clear the air on this. They have agreed to allow me to make an open statement and I will make the statement public. Kind of like what James Comey did — it’s interesting.”
He added that, “frankly, I have a few questions I need to ask Schiff about why an Iranian arms dealer is doing fundraisers for him, and a follow up question of why won’t you just resign? He needs to resign from Congress, he’s an embarrassment.”
Currently, the majority of bets on the site do not believe that Stone will testify.
“If this prediction comes true, PredictIt will redeem all Yes shares at $1. Shares in No will have zero value. If this prediction does not come true, PredictIt will redeem all No shares at $1. Shares in Yes will have zero value,” the PredictIt page explains.
Despite his tentative plans to testify, don’t rush to bet ‘yes’ on PredictIt, the rules state that it must be an open hearing — which Congress is refusing to agree to.
“Former Trump presidential campaign advisor Roger Stone shall testify, in person, under subpoena or otherwise, before an open hearing of any Senate, House, joint, select, or special committee or subcommittee of the U.S. Congress on or before December 31, 2017,” the PredictIt rules for the testimony bets state.
Stone has been offering to testify regarding the witch hunt since May — even challenging Senate to allow him to do so.
“I myself am very anxious to testify before the House and Senate committees in public. I don’t need a subpoena. I don’t need immunity. I’m going to give them whatever documents they requested, although I believe I’ve been under surveillance so they probably already have them anyway,” Stone said on CNN in May.
Though Stone has been mentioned during nearly every Senate hearing on the alleged “Russian interference” in the 2016 election, and has been named in the investigation, he has still not been called upon to speak for himself.
Stone told Big League, that testifying “would give me an opportunity to take their own exact words and read them back and point out why they are false. They bought the whole false narrative of Russian collusion and now they are embarrassed because they have nothing — they have ZERO. They can’t prove anything on anybody associated with Trump — because there is just nothing there.”
“Even to the extent that General Mike Flynn is in trouble, he is in trouble for not filing his representation of the Turks. It had nothing to do with Russia. That’s the only law that I can see that he may have been broken — and even that is inadvertent because he did file with the Clerk of the House, he just failed to file a copy of the same report with the state department. It was therefore a clerical mistake. The fact that he filed with the Clerk of the House means he clearly wasn’t hiding anything — not that I am in the business of defending him.”
Much of the basis for the investigation into Stone comes due to comments he has made publicly claiming that he had contact with WikiLeaks, something which he has since walked back, and which Julian Assange denies. The political trickster came under further scrutiny over mundane conversations that he had with Guccifer 2.0 over Twitter, that he has since made public.
“A witch hunt is exactly what it is, it’s a fraud, it’s a fairytale, it’s a charade — made up by demented liberals who can’t get over the fact that their candidate spent $2 billion and got beat by a real estate mogul who spent $258 million. They just can’t get over it, they had the old media rigged, the new media rigged — they had the full support of the mainstream media and outspent us, and they still couldn’t win. Do you know why? Because the people hate Hillary Clinton, they despise her, because she’s a crook — an arrogant crook.”
As Big League Politics previously reported, many believe that Guccifer was not actually involved in the leak, and was instead a creation of the Democratic National Committee to attempt to discredit and taint the impending WikiLeaks releases. Stone himself has stated many times that he does not believe that the shadowy persona is connected to Russia.
Prediction markets such as PredictIt have become far more accurate than traditional polling, and many look to the trends to form political analysis.
In A PBS NewsHour special, David Rothschild, who studies these markets for Microsoft Research, stated that “many of us rely on polls and pundits when it comes to presidential prognostication. But your best bet for accurate and reliable political predictions, it turns out, is actually the marketplace.”
“The evidence clearly shows that markets where you can bet on — or invest in — political outcomes are more accurate than any collection of pundits or statistical polling averages — and extremely well calibrated. Is it gambling? Is it investing? Call it what you will, but putting your money where your mouth is has a beneficial impact on democracy. People start paying attention in a way that they never did before, so they make an effort to learn about politics, to understand politics, to engage in politics,” Rothschild added.
On Sunday, Stone will be speaking at the ‘Rally Against Political Violence’ outside the White House at noon. Others appearing include myself, Jack Posobiec, Rebel Media’s Laura Loomer, Lucian Wintrich of the Gateway Pundit, Michael Flynn Jr, and many others.
A fascinating must-see documentary about Stone titled ‘Get Me Roger Stone‘ is currently streaming on NetFlix, and his book ‘The Making the President‘ is on sale on Amazon. Both provide in-depth detail about his actual role in helping to elect President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
He Found His Spine: Vulnerable Senator Cory Gardner Vows to Support Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee
Gardner found his backbone.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has often been at odds with the Trump movement, being a favorite of the GOP establishment’s Senate Leadership Fund.
This is why his recent declaration that he will be supporting President Donald Trump’s choice to succeed the deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg is so surprising. He made the announcement in a Twitter post on Monday.
“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said in his official statement.
“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect the Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm,” he added.
The official statement can be seen here:
Read my full statement on the Supreme Court vacancy ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/n2YNP8O0Bz
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) September 21, 2020
The president’s pick for the Supreme Court will certainly fit Gardner’s criteria. Trump has announced that he will be appointing a woman to the bench.
One top contender – Amy Comey Barrett – recently made a trip to the White House, as Big League Politics has reported:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House on Monday, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on selecting a nominee to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.
Barrett is reportedly a front-runner for the judicial nomination. She’s a generally conservative judge, with a staunch pro-life record. Her track record on immigration law issues is generally conservative.
Barrett currently serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised President Trump that she is his preferred candidate for the seat on the court.
President Trump had confirmed that he plans to nominate a woman to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday.
Democrats have launched a full-fledged fit urging President Trump to give them a break and decline to nominate a conservative justice, but they won’t be so lucky. Republican Senators and President Trump have rallied around the notion of appointing a justice before the November election, fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.
Trump confirmed that he would be revealing the identity of his judicial nominee on Friday or Saturday, taking a few extra days to vet candidates. Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa is reportedly another candidate being considered for the nomination.
It’ll be inherently harder for incensed, power-thirsty Democrats to attack a female judicial candidate. Maybe they’ll alienate swing female voters through waging a scorched earth campaign to block the confirmation of Barrett, who is a mother of seven.
The Republicans have a great opportunity to score a major political victory and really stick it to the extreme Left with this expedited SCOTUS confirmation. The fact that a moderate like Gardner is on board is a great sign that the confirmation is likely to occur before November’s election.
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