During a shocking new interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson this week, Republican strategist Roger Stone revealed how the Secret Service tried to set him up on January 6, the day of the Capitol riot.

“I think I was being set up. I mean, here’s the amazing thing, and that is I watched the President’s speech from my hotel room at the Willard Hotel, and then there was a call on the house phone and two agents from the Secret Service wanted to escort me to the Capitol,” Stone said.

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“Now, I’ve been in politics for a long time. Secret Service doesn’t do political chores. They never have,” he added. “I would have gotten there had I left at that moment at the exact time that these folks broke into the Capitol. Now I know that my friends, Alex Jones and Ali Alexander, are approached by the Secret Service and asked if they want an escort to the Capitol at the same time.”

In this same interview, Stone opened up about his decades-long friendship with Trump.

“It was during the first Reagan campaign that I met Donald Trump,” he recalled.

Stone noticed right away that Trump had a “certain command presence.”

“He was very friendly. I was extraordinarily impressed with him,” he said. ” He has charisma.”

It was not until 1988, however, that Stone would realize that Trump had potential as a presidential candidate.

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“I wasn’t pleased by the prospective candidacy of George H.W. Bush. It was then that I first suggested to Donald Trump that he should think about running for president,” Stone said, although Trump was not immediately keen on the idea, telling Stone, “You must be out of your mind.”

“At that point, he had other real estate mountains to climb. But he had very strong opinions about trade, about NATO,” Stone explained. “Even then kind of his core signature issues were also well in place.”

Stone would stay in contact with Trump over the next few decades, and it was him who encouraged the future president to use Twitter to communicate with voters “for free.”

“Twitter, social media at that point was the Wild West,” Stone said. “There’s no censorship. There’s no control like you have today. It was the perfect medium for Donald Trump, particularly since he liked to say short, pungent, and provocative things.”

In 2019, Stone was convicted on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress before being sentenced to 40 months in prison. Trump then pardoned Stone before leaving office.

Check out Stone’s full interview with Carlson below.

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