In May 2016 an FBI informant approached Trump advisor Roger Stone offering to sell ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton in exchange for $2 million. The Trump campaign rejected the offer but it is now gaining scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller. The man who referred to himself as Henry Greenberg approached Stone with the offer. Stone told him that Donald Trump “doesn’t pay for anything.”
The meeting was arranged by Michael Caputo, a Trump communications official. Text messages between the two indicated that they agreed the man was “crazy” and his offer was a “waste of time.”
And now we learn that the man was an FBI informant. The Washington Post reports:
“Two years later, the brief sit-down in Florida has resurfaced as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s sprawling investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Caputo. Caputo said he was asked about the meeting by prosecutors during a sometimes-heated questioning session last month.
“Stone and Caputo, who did not previously disclose the meeting to congressional investigators, now say they believe they were the targets of a setup by U.S. law enforcement officials hostile to Trump.
“They cite records — independently examined by The Post — showing that the man who approached Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an FBI informant.”
They also report that Greenberg, who sometimes goes by the name Henry Oknyansky, has been an FBI informant for 17 years. He was granted special permission to enter the United States based on the reason that he offered a “significant public benefit.”
Allegedly, there is no evidence that the FBI sanctioned the ‘dirt’ offer to Roger Stone. Greenberg claims that the FBI had nothing to do with this offer. But Stone and Caputo are skeptical:
“’If you believe that [Greenberg] took time off from his long career as an FBI informant to reach out to us in his spare time, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell you,’ Caputo said in an interview.
“In a separate interview, Stone said, ‘I didn’t realize it was an FBI sting operation at the time, but it sure looks like one now.’”