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.
Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Another victory for the war party.
Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.
The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.
“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.
“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.
“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”
The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.
“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.
“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.
The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.
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