BY BUDDY NEVINS
Roger Stone, a Donald Trump confidant who reportedly had discussions with Russian hackers during last year’s campaign, has hired three local lawyers and asked to appear before the House Intelligence Committee.
A famed political figure who has been involved in campaign strategy and so-called “dirty tricks” since President Richard Nixon’s candidacy, Stone was the subject of questions during a committee hearing earlier this week.
Published reports indicate that Stone is part of several investigations into whether Trump associates were involved in attempts by Russians to interfere in the campaign of Hillary Clinton. The FBI and congressional committees are interested in whether Stone had knowledge about upcoming revelations by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election.
Here is a letter Stone’s attorney Robert Buschel sent to the House committee today (click to enlarge):
Stones’ three South Florida attorneys are below.
All three lawyers along with Stone are connected to the law firm of jailed Ponzi scammer Scott Rothstein. None were charged or accused of wrongdoing in that multi-million dollar fraud:
- Robert Buschel, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who specializes in defending clients under investigation by governments. Buschel once represented Broward Elections Supervisor Miriam Oliphant when she came under fire for failing to properly conduct the 2002 election. Buschel represented Oliphant before she was removed from office. He recently wrote a political thriller By Silent Majority. Buschel worked at the Rothstein firm.
- Grant Smith, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer. The son of former Hollywood Democratic Congressman Larry Smith (1983-1993), Grant Smith runs his own lobbying and corporate strategy firm. He was a manager at Rothstein’s law firm.
- Kendall Coffey, theU. S. Attorney for South Florida from 1993-1996, who has had a role in such high profile cases as the custody battle over Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban child spirited to the United States and then returned to the Communist nation after a court battle. Coffey represented the Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler firm after Rothstein’s arrest for fraud. Coffey also represented President Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, when he was accused of battery on a reporter during last year’s campaign. Charges against Lawandowski were dropped.