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.