Roger Stone is a media personality extraordinaire best known as a “former” longtime political adviser to President Trump. He has been a Republican operative since the 1970s and is a veteran of eight presidential campaigns, starting in 1972 with Richard Nixon’s re-election. Stone is a columnist, fashion expert and author of eight books, including his latest, The Making of the President 2016. His website Stone Cold Truth is always provocative.  Stone’s colorful career is now the subject of a documentary, “Get Me Roger Stone,”premiering Friday on Netflix. Over the past five years the filmmakers followed Stone, gathering insight into the man they call, “America’s most powerful dirty trickster.”
The following interview was conducted by phone Wednesday and edited for brevity.
Myra Adams: Shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director Comey, the New York Times quoted you saying, “Somewhere [President] Dick Nixon is smiling.” Please explain what you mean by that statement.
Roger Stone: I understood that there would be immediate analogies to the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” although the situations are really quite different. First, Nixon understood and now Trump understands the prerogatives of presidential power and when some government institutions have become politicized. The Watergate special prosecutor was politically motivated, just as I think Mr. Comey became politically motivated. Comey became a law unto himself — unaccountable to anyone — Republicans, Democrats, Congress, and the executive.