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What does "Because of tromp"(4th paragraph) mean?

In December, after learning that Credico had been subpoenaed to testify before the committee, Stone urged him to "do a 'Frank Pentangeli'" — a reference to the mobster in "The Godfather" films — in order to avoid revealing that Stone had perjured himself.

In "The Godfather: Part II," which Mueller notes Credico and Stone had discussed, Pentangeli lies to a congressional committee in order to avoid incriminating the film's protagonist Michael Corleone, who is also known as The Godfather.

In response to Stone's plea, Credico urged Stone to "amend your testimony before I testify on the 15th."

Stone responded: "If you testify you're a fool. Because of tromp I could never get away with a certain [sic] my Fifth Amendment rights but you can. I guarantee you you are the one who gets indicted for perjury if you're stupid enough to testify."

Later that month, Credico, who is referred to as Person 2 in the indictment, texted Stone to "be honest" with the FBI.

Stone responded that he was not talking to the FBI and if Credico was smart "you won't either."

Credico told the committee that month that he would assert his 5th Amendment rights and not testify. Credico has not been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with Mueller's probe. He declined to comment to CNBC Friday.

The White House said Friday that the charges brought by the special counsel had nothing to do with the president. Stone's attorney vowed to vigorously contest the charges.

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