Comedian Randy Credico says Trump adviser Roger Stone threatened his dog

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Roger Stone; Randy Credico (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, John Minchillo/AP)
Roger Stone; Randy Credico (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, John Minchillo/AP)

New York City comic and ex-radio host Randy Credico says that longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone sent him “scary,” obscenity-filled emails — including one threatening his dog — after he went public disputing Stone’s claim that Credico was his “backchannel” to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In a new interview on the Yahoo News podcastSkullduggery,” Credico shared with co-hosts Daniel Klaidman and Michael Isikoff email messages he said he had received from Stone in just the last few days.

“You are a rat. You are a stoolie. You backstab your friends — run your mouth my lawyers are dying Rip you to shreds,” one of them read.

Then Stone added: “I’m going to take that dog away from you,” referring to Credico’s “therapy” dog, a Coton de Tulear named Bianca. “Not a f***ing thing you can do about it either because you are a weak broke piece of s***.”

“It’s certainly scary,” Credico told Skullduggery about the Stone emails. “When you start bringing up my dog, you’re crossing the line.”

Credico said the repeated obscenities in the emails and their abusive tone suggested that Stone is lashing out because he is growing increasingly fearful about the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. He cited this week’s FBI raid of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.

“I think he’s wigging out right now,” Credico said. “After Cohen was raided, I’m sure he thinks he’s next.”

Asked for comment, Stone responded Thursday night in an email to Isikoff: “Go f*** yourself FBI Schill [sic].”

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The dispute between Stone and Credico — who, despite their political differences, were once close friends — began last month after a new book, “Russian Roulette,” co-authored by Isikoff and David Corn, quoted Credico as disputing Stone’s account to a congressional committee about his contacts with WikiLeaks. Stone had said at a political rally in Florida on Aug. 8, 2016, that he had “communicated” with Julian Assange about emails the WikiLeaks founder would soon release as part of an “October Surprise” that would reveal “stone cold proof of the criminality of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.”

But when he was called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee last November, Stone released a statement asserting that he never actually spoke to Assange at all. Instead, he said it was actually a “journalist” who was his “intermediary” with Assange, who “confirmed” to him that WikiLeaks was about to dump a “motherlode” of emails about Clinton. “This journalist assured me that WikiLeaks would release this information in October [2016] and continued to assure me of this throughout the balance of August and all of September. This information proved to be correct,” Stone told the committee in a statement last November.

He later identified the journalist as Credico.

But in “Russian Roulette,” Credico rejected Stone’s account as nonsensical. Credico told the authors he never even spoke to Assange until he had the Trump adviser as a guest on his radio show on Aug. 26, 2016, and that he never knew anything about WikiLeaks’ plans to publicly release the Clinton campaign emails.

“He’s got me as the fall guy,” Credico was quoted as saying. “It’s ridiculous.”

Roger Stone speaks to reporters after appearing before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Sept. 26, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Roger Stone speaks to reporters after appearing before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Sept. 26, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Stone’s claims about his contacts with WikiLeaks took another bizarre twist this month when the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller’s prosecutors were investigating an email that Sam Nunberg, another former Trump adviser, had gotten from Stone on Aug. 4, 2016, saying, “I dined with my new pal Julian Assange last nite.”

Stone said the email to Nunberg was a joke, and reiterated that he never communicated with Assange at all in 2016, releasing screenshots showing he was on an Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Miami on the night before the email was sent.  “I never dined with Assange,” Stone told the Journal. The email “doesn’t have any significance because I provably didn’t go … there was no such meeting. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. This was said in jest.”

Credico said in the podcast he believes Stone had been puffing up his interactions with WikiLeaks to ingratiate himself with Trump. “He’s Walter Mitty,” Stone said. “He’s an egomanic. He was tossed out by Trump. Trump was not loyal to him. This was his way of getting back in.”

The comedian also said he expects to be contacted soon by Mueller’s staff. “I’m moving around like the Scarlet Pimpernel in the city,” Credico said. “Trying to avoid any kind of contact. But I keep hearing through the grapevine that something is coming.”

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