May 16, 2018, 8:47 PM ET

Social media adviser to Roger Stone hit with special counsel subpoenas


A social media adviser who worked with President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone received a pair of subpoenas from Robert Mueller as part of the special counsel's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Jason Sullivan, a social media specialist who worked for Stone’s political action committee in 2016, received two subpoenas from Mueller last week, Knut Johnson, a lawyer for Sullivan, told ABC News.

One subpoena summons Sullivan to appear before the special counsel’s Washington, D.C.-based grand jury. A second subpoena requests documents and other electronic information from Sullivan.

The subpoenas being sent to Sullivan was first reported by Reuters.

PHOTO: Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 21, 2017.J. Scott Applewhite/AP, FILE
Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 21, 2017.

In an interview with ABC News Wednesday, Stone confirmed that he employed Sullivan “for a couple of months” during Trump’s presidential campaign. Stone served as an adviser to Trump during the nascent days of the campaign but left before the end of 2015.

Sullivan’s Twitter account boasts having worked on the Trump campaign as Stone’s “Chief Social Media Strategist.”

Stone’s social media activity during the run-up to the 2016 election has raised eyebrows for its seemingly prophetic message about hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

In the weeks before WikiLeaks began publishing emails belonging to Podesta, Stone tweeted out cryptic messages on Twitter alluding to some sort of reveal related to the Clinton campaign and specifically Podesta.

Six weeks before Podesta’s emails became public, Stone tweeted, “Trust me, it will soon [be]the Podesta's time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary,” and just days before the Podesta emails came out, Stone tweeted, “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp.”

"Sullivan did have the passcode to my Twitter feed,” Stone told ABC News, but said he could not recall whether Sullivan ever tweeted from his account.

Stone has appeared before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone tells ABC News he has not been contacted by Mueller as part of the special counsel’s investigation.

Stone has repeatedly denied any coordination with Wikileaks or knowledge of collusion with Russia during his time on the Trump campaign.

Johnson insists his client has done nothing wrong.

“He's got really powerful technology that he developed and does a fantastic job with it. I can see why a campaign would want to use him," Johnson told ABC News.

Sullivan, who has experience working on a number of Republican campaigns, uses software he developed himself that sifts through Twitter and returns published data that a client requests, Johnson says.

"All of [Sullivan's] activities, as far as I know, are perfectly legal," Stone told ABC News.

The special counsel’s subpoena set May 18 as Sullivan’s date to meet with the grand jury, but Johnson says negotiations about timing are ongoing.

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  • PaulCrozer

    Next to Trump, Stone is the crookedest crook in the crook pot.

  • Rodney Bayburn

    Collusion is starting look clearer and clearer. Stone was talking to Russian intelligence hackers and to Wikileaks. The Russians look like they own trump financially too. The trump admin looks more and more like just another Russian operation.

  • Blue Wave

    The wheels on the bus keep falling off, falling off, falling off....

  • adamrussell

    ‘I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of the matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough.’
    Richard Nixon

  • Timehascome

    I heard somewhere that it was "3 Subpoenas"--------
    1 for the guy that runs the Tanning Booth that Stone hibernates/lives at. They've got a few questions for him too!!

  • Youcan'thandlethetruth

    Roger Stone needs to be removed from his pedestal.

  • Baa

    Where are the comments that Mueller needs to wrap this up since he hasn't found anything?

  • Michael McCall

    Hey? Before Roger Stone Is #LockHimUp....I Just Wanna Say He Looks Like A Sad Old Muppet.

  • CantStoptheSignalMal

    When Mueller interviews/subpoenas everyone around you and doesn't talk to you at all... UT OH!

  • YouMayBanMeButYouCan'tBanIdeas

    That's a lot of people involved in a matter of no substance where no one did anything wrong or even noteworthy.

  • Sir Real

    That nothing-burger keeps dripping over everything.

  • Benedict Donald T.A.B.A

    trust me, it will soon be stone's time in the barrel.

  • Fatesrider

    Stone is probably facing sedition charges, in addition to other things having to do with campaign fraud and such.

    If this investigation takes this traitor to every American value down as well, I'm good with that.

    But it would be ironic if it's Meuller who gets the credit for draining the swamp, and eradicating the overpopulation of reptiles that have infested it as of late...

  • mtntrek3

    Whaat? Who would've thunk it?

  • rightened

    From August 2016: "(The GOP is) dropping the same stinky pre-election innuendoes Donald Trump is spreading nationally. Trump, of course, is happy to share. He has added his voice to the GOP chorus of concern about the 4th Circuit ruling’s effect on North Carolina. Apparently the door is now open for evil Democrats to surf a wave of illegitimate black votes to victory. They’ll just repay the favor later with free government goodies, right? Isn’t that what passes for sophisticated analysis inside the Limbaugh-Breitbart-Fox News bubble?

    "If that passes the smell test for you, it’s just a short walk to Trump confidante Roger Stone’s neighborhood. He’s pushing talk of civil disorder, a “bloodbath,” even for blocking a President-elect Hillary Clinton’s inauguration ceremony, should the election prove “rigged” against the real estate mogul. He told Breitbart he wants to see Trump keep pushing this kind of talk as we move toward the election."

    Lovely, huh? And it was the DEMOCRATIC party that was enduring the election-rigging.

  • otm861

    Noose getting tighter, circle getting smaller.

  • rightened

    Not just one subpoena. Two. Hmmm.

  • kritikosman

    He's a Stone cold crook! #lookathim

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    So the $64,000 Question is: "Did Stone get the Emails directly from the Russians and it was he who passed them on to WikiLeaks? Or of course, is he the talented hacker himself.

    More Russian connections with Trump and his henchmen. But I'm sure it is just a coincidence.
    A Trumpian coincidence of course.

  • JohnC

    Stone himself has yet to be interviewed suggesting he is considered a very key person that they expect to indict. Now they build the case so they know all the answers when they do finally interview him.

  • @ Clown Parade

    Karma may visit the dirty trickster. He deserves to go out paying his debt to society.

  • katerant

    'In an interview with ABC News Wednesday, Stone confirmed that he employed Sullivan “for a couple of months” during Trump’s presidential campaign.'

    I'm sure he was just the coffee boy.