Roger Stone appeared to have advance knowledge of the sexual assault allegations levied by a Los Angeles journalist against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, social media accounts affiliated with Stone, a longtime Republican consultant and ally of President Trump, predicted a "grabby" story about Franken, including a prediction from Stone Cold Truth, a website which claims to offer "the inside story" on politics from Stone.
"Roger Stone predicts Tomorrow Senator Al Franken will be accused of sexual harassment by a woman TV anchor #grabby," said an early morning Facebook post.
"QUOTE: Roger Stone says it's Al Franken's 'time in the barrel'. Franken next in long list of Democrats to be accused of 'grabby' behavior," said a 1:21 a.m. tweet from Enter the Stone Zone, a Twitter account that several media outlets and journalists have picked up on. Stone himself has been suspended from Twitter.
Just hours later, around 10 a.m., TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden's claims about Franken groping and forcefully kissing her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East were published by KABC, a Los Angeles-based ABC affiliate.
Soon after Franken apologized and called for an ethics probe into the incident, which occurred while he worked as a comedian, before he became a senator.
Stone, who has a controversial streak as some sort of political trickster, was one of two reporters affiliated with Infowars, which has a history of perpetuating conspiracy theories, to allegedly predict the bombshell before it happened.
Infowars host Alex Jones said Thursday that Stone told him a day and a half ago about the coming groping allegations and suggested that he might have told the other Infowars reporter, Rob Dew.
Reporters from a variety of news outlets have since followed up with Stone on how he got his apparent scoop. His replies have been somewhat dubious.
"The Great Stone all sees all," he replied to a reporter with the Washingtonian, for instance.
Stone did not return the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
Stone's apparent reference to "time in a barrel," is the same line he tweeted about former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta last year, during the 2016 presidential campaign, and before WikiLeaks dumped stolen emails allegedly from Podesta.
Stone became a person of interest to at least one panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
He testified before the House Intelligence Committee in September.