Mr. Credico goes to Washington (to testify about ‘Russiagate’)

Randy Credico, with his dog Bianca in a carrier, last Thursday, boarding the train to Washington, D.C. The following day, he appeared before a grand jury as part of the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Photo by Jefferson Siegel

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Thurs., Sept. 13, 12 a.m.: Randy Credico got blackballed from Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in 1984 for making a joke comparing Jeane Kirkpatrick to Eva Braun.

But Credico was the star of the show, so to speak, last Friday when he appeared before a grand jury in Washington, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

Credico rode Amtrak down to the nation’s capital the day before.

Along for the trip was his diminutive therapy dog, Bianca, who also was by his side in the grand jury. Credico paid an extra $25 to bring her on the train in a carrier.

Credico sent The Villager a screenshot of a Sept. 4 letter from Dr. Stephen Teich, a Flatiron District psychiatrist, in which the shrink said he had just interviewed Credico that day “in relation to his appearance before the Mueller Grand Jury.”

“This is to recommend that Mr. Credico’s dog be present with him at all times, including during his testimony, to help him appropriately control his anxiety,” the note said. “Mr. Credico has indicated that there are multiple stressors that have arisen as a result of this legal matter that are creating substantially increased anxiety in him. His dog is an effective companion to help reduce and control his anxiety.”

It’s Roger Stone, however, who probably should be sweating it. The longtime G.O.P. operative, who was briefly an adviser on Donald Trump’s campaign, is one of the investigation’s prime targets. During the election, Stone indicated he had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks dumps of hacked e-mails connected to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and also the Democratic National Committee.

Stone later told members of the House Intelligence Committee that Credico was his “backchannel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Credico, who considers Assange a friend, has met with the WikiLeaks leader a few times in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since the election, and also interviewed him by phone on his radio show before it. Before he went down to D.C., Assange’s mother, Christine, sent Credico an e-mail thanking him for his reporting on her son.

Reached by Facebook on Friday en route to D.C., Credico said he was being bombarded by media requests.

“Every reporter and his mother’s calling,” he said.

His first interview after the grand jury was on Ari Melber’s news show on MSNBC on Mon., Sept. 10. Grand jury proceedings are secret, so he is being careful about what he reveals.

“I’m not talking about the substance of my testimony,” he said.

Credico told Melber he was in the grand jury for three hours, and was unsure if Mueller was even in the room.

“Most of it was about Roger Stone,” he confirmed.

“Did they ask about stolen e-mails?” Melber asked

“You’ll be able to find out real soon,” was all Credico would say, adding, “Maybe the Mueller team will leak it.”

Martin Stolar, Credico’s attorney, in July told The Villager that the Vegas-comic-turned-Village-activist-turned-radio-journalist is “not a target” of Mueller’s probe — but that Stone obviously is. That said, Stolar noted, Credico still could have gotten hit with a perjury charge if he got caught not telling the truth.

“There is no immunity” in this instance, Stolar explained, since Credico did not plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. “The best advice is to go in there and tell the truth.”

Similarly, Stone warned in a text message to The Villager in July, that Credico had better not lie before the grand jury.

“If he is compelled to testify, I would urge Mr. Credico to simply tell the truth,” he said. “Any deviation from these facts as stated would be perjury, which I could easily prove and will.”

The Republican “dirty trickster,” as he is known, last month bragged he has the upper hand on Credico.

“I have two credible witnesses to whom Randy admitted he told me Assange had devastating information on Hillary,” Stone stated. “My lawyers have sworn affidavits from both #fucked.”

Credico was formally subpoenaed in July to appear before the grand jury. Last year, he was also subpoenaed to give a deposition to the House Intel Committee as part of its own “Russiagate” investigation; but, in that case, he took the Fifth and the committee waived his having to come down to Washington.

While he was in the Mueller grand jury last week, Credico received a letter from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence asking him to appear before it, and also to preserve “any written communication with or about” DCLeaks, Gucifer 2.0, WikiLeaks, Stone, Assange and others.

Credico said he would likely shrug off the letter and await a subpoena, and that he and Stolar would then decide how to proceed on that one.

He said having Bianca along for the ride for the Mueller grand jury was helpful. He carried her into the courtroom in a black attaché case with a mesh side she could breathe through. He stayed in D.C. a second night and Bianca helped Credico, a recovering alcoholic, unwind without drinking.

“It kept me from going out and getting blasted,” he said. “We watched ‘Animal Planet.’ She watched the screen.”

While he was waiting to go on Melber’s show, he said Wolf Blitzer walked by the room and jauntily called out, “There’s Bianca!”

At MSNBC, he also got to meet John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel-turned-key Watergate witness.

“He was very nice,” he said. “John Dean brought down a president.”

Asked if he’d like to play a similar role with Donald Trump, Credico answered, “Bring down Trump… . Pence? Trump with a Bible. … I don’t know.”

— With reporting by Jefferson Siegel

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