Roger Stone’s conspicuously worded denials of wrongdoing in the Russia probe

Roger Stone’s role in the Russia investigation is big news again. That’s thanks to his protege Sam Nunberg’s odd turn Monday on cable news, in which Nunberg said he wouldn’t cooperate with Robert S. Mueller III’s probe and repeatedly defended Stone. This led to plenty of speculation that Nunberg sensed trouble for his mentor, Stone. And so Stone took to cable news himself Tuesday to give his version.

But Stone’s interview with Chuck Todd might have been more notable for what he didn’t say — and how carefully worded his denials seemed to be.

The central issue with Stone concerns an Aug. 21, 2016 tweet in which Stone said “it will soon [be] the Podesta’s time in the barrel” — an apparent reference to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. A month and a half later, WikiLeaks released thousands of Podesta’s emails. The tweet has led to suspicion that the

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