Roger Stone plans to deny collusion, evidence of Russian Federation hacking to Congress

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 26, 2017

USA political consultant Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, flatly rejected on Monday all allegations of collusion between the president's associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 US election.

"I view this as a political proceeding because a number of members of this Committee have made irresponsible, indisputably, and provably false statements in order to create the impression of collusion with the Russian state without any evidence that would hop up in a USA court of law or the court of public opinion".

He added, "I will not let myself be a punching bag for people with ill intentions or political motives".

In a 47-page opening statement seen by Reuters before his appearance on Tuesday in a closed hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Stone said he viewed his appearance "as a political proceeding" and criticized some Democratic members of the panel.

Stone also plans to deny that he had any advance knowledge that emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta would be hacked or that his emails would then be released by WikiLeaks - despite tweeting just days before that Podesta's "time in the barrel" would soon be coming.

"Such assertions are conjecture, supposition, projection, and allegations but none of them are facts", said Stone, a long-time Republican political operative.

Stone's interview comes as both the House and Senate intelligence panels are looking into whether Russian influence in the campaign included pushing fake news stories or ads on Facebook and other social media.

Stone also takes direct aim at several committee Democrats in his prepared remarks, reserving the most pointed vitriol for the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the election to boost Trump's chances of defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.

"Imagine my deep disappointment when Mr. Schiff purposefully conflated these dates before this committee, reversing them to create the false impression that I had communicated with Guccifer 2.0 on Twitter prior to publication of the article questioning whether Guccifer 2.0 is a Russian cut-out", he said, referring to a Breitbart News article he wrote on August 5, 2016. "Shame on you Mr. Schiff".

Stone is defending himself in a lengthy statement released ahead of an appearance before the House intelligence committee Tuesday.

Political consultant Roger Stone speaks with media after meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in NY.

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