Stone claims Mueller probe might be plot to make Pelosi, Clinton president

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ puts its integrity in doubt by interfering with immigration courts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence taps health official to aid coronavirus response The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' MORE, a former informal adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE's campaign, on Thursday claimed that he believes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into Russia's election meddling is a partisan plot to make Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (D-Calif.) and possibly even Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to start new podcast Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win President Trump is weak against Bernie Sanders in foreign affairs MORE president.

Speaking about his indictment last week on charges in the Mueller probe, Stone said he thinks the investigation is about finding a way to "void the 2016 election" in an attempt to get Pelosi or Clinton into the White House.

"I don't think this is about Roger Stone. I think this is about finding some allegation of Russian collusion to void the 2016 election so that both President Trump and Vice President Pence can be removed, making Nancy Pelosi president," Stone told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising."

"That would create a vacancy in the vice presidency, which she, of course, could then appoint Hillary Clinton to, then she could resign, and Hillary could become president," he continued. "Perhaps that's what they have in mind, or maybe Nancy Pelosi would remain as president." 

Stone did not offer any further details or background on his claim.

Stone pleaded not guilty to the special counsel's charges: obstruction of a congressional inquiry, witness tampering and five counts of making false statements to Congress.

The special counsel's office declined to comment to Hill.TV on Stone's remarks. 

When pressed by Ball on whether he believes that a move to remove Trump is a realistic possibility with Republicans controlling the Senate, Stone invoked the fallout from Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Justices bar Mexican parents from suing over fatal cross-border shooting of teen Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man MORE's nomination and his slim confirmation vote. 

"I saw the hysteria in this country whipped up about Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed by one vote," Stone said. "He did nothing whatsoever wrong. Nothing was proved against him."

He added that he thinks the "Republican establishment is no fonder of this president than the Democratic establishment because [Trump] challenges the status quo."

Trump and his allies have long claimed that Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election is politically motivated, calling it a "witch hunt" and a "hoax." 

Mueller has accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his contacts regarding WikiLeaks. The organization published hacked Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election that U.S. officials later said were stolen by Russian military hackers.

— Julia Manchester