As the House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian interference with the U.S. election and any Trump connections took a public face, Roger Stone’s name repeatedly surfaced and Mr. Stone is not all too happy.
As the hearings continued at the Capitol, Mr. Stone, who has received instructions from the U.S. Congress to preserve all of his documents related to Russia, tweeted “It’s only fair that I have a chance to respond 2 any smears or half truths about alleged ‘Collusion with Russians’ from 2day’s Intel Hearing.”
It’s only fair that I have a chance to respond 2 any smears or half truths about alleged “Collusion with Russians” from 2day’s Intel Hearing
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 20, 2017
The tweet came in the wake of questioning by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the Committee, of FBI Director James Comey during the House Intelligence Committee hearing. The California Democrat asked Director Comey a series of questions related to Mr. Stone, including on Stone’s past boasting about communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Asssange, whose anti-secrecy group published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta.
“I’m not going to talk aobut any particular person here today, Mr. Schiff,” Comey responded. He answered in the same manner to several additional questions from Schiff which included allegations and reports about Stone’s ties to Russia.
For his part, Stone has previously denied any connections between him and Russia or any involvement with the publication of the hacked material from Democratic groups.
“The idea that I, an anticommunist conservative, would throw in with a totalitarian regime is bullshit,” Stone said in October, shortly before the election. Instead, he claimed that a mutual friend that he shares with Assange provided him with information about WikiLeaks’ release of emails related to Hillary Clinton. He also tweeted, before Podesta’s emails were published, that it would soon be Podesta’s “time in the barrel.”
Just last week, Stone appears to have changed his tune a bit, as he admitted that he had communications with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that is believed to be responsible for at least some of the hacks, and who is also believed to be a front for Russian intelligence.