Categories for Roger Stone

27,116. 8/1/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roger Stone has lost his attempts to get rid of his criminal charges, but will get access to some unredacted parts of the Mueller report as he prepares for his trial. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court in Washington, DC, declined on Thursday to throw out any part of Stone’s indictment after he filed various motions to dismiss attacking the criminal charges and the broader appointment and work of special counsel Robert Mueller. Stone was indicted in January on seven counts of obstruction, lying to Congress during September 2017 testimony and witness tampering. The charges all relate to his efforts to reach WikiLeaks in 2016 over the publication of hacked emails that could hurt then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and help candidate Donald Trump, a friend of his. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for November. Jackson’s opinion Thursday [8-1-19] was yet another opportunity for a federal judge to endorse Mueller’s prosecutorial decisions — after three other federal trial-level judges also upheld Mueller’s work.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Judge won’t dismiss Roger Stone case, but allows him to see unredacted Mueller docs,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 5:47 pm

26,110. 6/27/2019

COURTS/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Lawyers for Roger Stone, a former political adviser to President Donald Trump, on Thursday [6-27-19] denied accusations by prosecutors that he violated a court-imposed gag order by posting comments on social media about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone’s lawyers said he was exercising his First Amendment rights within the confines of the gag order…Last week, prosecutors accused Stone of trying to ‘fan the flames’ and poison the jury pool ahead of his November trial. They asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson to hold a hearing to consider changing his conditions of release, which could potentially land him behind bars.”

Reuters Staff, “Lawyers for ex-Trump adviser Stone deny he violated judge’s gag order,” Reuters, June 27, 2019 4:49 pm

25,531. 6/7/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Roger Stone employee Andrew Miller has turned over records related to his old boss to a federal grand jury, including the now-indicted political operative’s schedule from the 2016 Republican National Convention, his attorney said Friday [6-7-19]. Miller testified about his former employer to the grand jury last week, and during that testimony — which he had held off for a year — prosecutors asked for more records that he had about Stone. The grand jury subpoenaed Miller for all text messages between Stone and him from early October 2016 to mid-March 2017, and the written agenda for Stone while he was at the Republican National Convention in 2016, according to Miller’s lawyer, Paul Kamenar. The recent grand jury activity indicates prosecutors are still looking into Stone for potentially new charges, though it’s not clear if Stone or someone else is the target in the investigation. Miller previously handed over documents about Stone in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and was originally subpoenaed to testify as part of that probe.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Former Roger Stone employee turns over records to a federal grand jury,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 7, 2019 11:10 pm

24,607. 5/3/2019

CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Federal prosecutors argued Friday [5-3-19] that special counsel Robert Mueller did not need to prove conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign to show that longtime Trump ally Roger Stone obstructed Congress’ investigation of the matter…That argument has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, following Attorney General Bill Barr’s suggestion that evidence collected by Mueller implicating President Donald Trump for multiple efforts to thwart his probe fell short, in part because Mueller didn’t establish the existence of a criminal conspiracy…Democrats and some legal experts have sharply disputed Barr’s argument, suggesting that Trump’s actions to undermine the probe could have prevented the discovery of evidence of a conspiracy or that he may have been attempting to conceal the discovery of other related crimes — such as allegations that he directed the payment of hush money to two women who accused him of extramarital affairs, evidence of which emerged from Mueller’s investigation. Several of Trump’s closest allies, including Stone, were also charged with crimes in Mueller’s investigation.”

Kyle Cheney, “Prosecutors: No need to prove Russian conspiracy to charge Stone with obstruction,” Politico, May 3, 2019 9:25 pm

23,352. 3/14/2019

COURTS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Roger Stone will go to trial in early November in Washington on charges that he lied about his efforts to secretly contact WikiLeaks in 2016, a federal judge decided Thursday [3-14-19]. The longtime Donald Trump adviser’s trial is now scheduled to start November 5 and is likely to last about two weeks, said Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court in DC. Stone has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering. He was released on bail following his arrest seven weeks ago. The trial is set nine months from now partly because of the amount of evidence Stone’s team must piece through and may argue about before the trial. Prosecutors have turned over nine terabytes of data to the defense team so far, they said in court…Stone appeared before Jackson — just a day after she sentenced his former lobbying colleague Paul Manafort to prison — for a status hearing to hash out pretrial issues and set a trial date. But a question of whether Stone broke his gag order — with the 2019 release of his book about the 2016 election in which he attacked the Mueller investigation — has hung over his recent proceedings. The judge left that issue unresolved on Thursday at the brief hearing.”

Katelyn Polantz, Sara Murray and Marshall Cohen, “Judge sets November 5 trial date for Roger Stone,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 14, 2019 6:11 pm

23,035. 3/4/2019

MEDIA/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The former Trump adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. faced questions on Monday [3-4-29] over the publication of a book and new Instagram posts that may have violated a gag order prohibiting him from making public statements about the legal proceedings against him. The office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, notified a federal judge about an Instagram post that Mr. Stone posted on Sunday [3-3-19] mimicking a poster of the 1988 film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ Under a portrait of himself he asked the question, ‘Who Framed Roger Stone?’ The post came two days after the judge, Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ordered Mr. Stone to explain why he did not tell her he was publishing a book that provides a defense for himself barely a week after she issued a gag order prohibiting him from making public statements about the criminal case against him.”

Ceylan Yeginsu, “Roger Stone’s New Instagram Post and Book Draw Scrutiny After Gag Order,” The new York Times online, March 4, 2019

22,783. 2/21/2019

COURTS/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A visibly angry judge on Thursday [2-21-19] ordered President Donald Trump’s former political adviser Roger Stone to stop speaking publicly about U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal case against him or else he will be sent to jail pending trial. In a tense court hearing on Thursday, U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said that Stone’s apology and explanations for why he posted a photo of her next to the image of the crosshairs of a gun on his Instagram account were not credible. Jackson made her ruling after a highly unusual hearing in which Stone, who is charged with crimes related to Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, took the stand to testify about the posting. Stone’s seemingly contradictory statements and at times foggy recollections about the post’s origins during a cross-examination by the government frustrated Jackson, who later concluded he ‘could not even keep his story straight on the stand.'”

Reuters, “Judge Tightens Gag Order on Ex-Trump Adviser Stone, Warning He Could Be Jailed,” The New York Times online, February 21, 2019

22,781. 2/21/2019

COURTS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A judge has imposed a full gag order on Trump confidant Roger Stone after he posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Thursday she believes Stone would ‘pose a danger’ to others in the case if she didn’t institute the order. Jackson ordered Stone to court to show why she shouldn’t modify or revoke his bail or implement a full gag order. The judge had already issued an order limiting comments in the case. The 66-year-old Stone said the post was an egregious mistake and the symbol was a logo, not crosshairs. Stone has pleaded not guilty to lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks.”

Associated Press, “The Latest: Judge Imposes Gag Order on Trump Confidant Stone,” The New York Times online, February 21, 2019

22,712. 2/19/2019

LEGAL/ROGERT STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A post on Roger Stone’s Instagram account featuring a picture of the judge overseeing his case with crosshairs in the background could jeopardize the lenient gag order he received from her last Friday [2-15-19], as well as his bail. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone to come to court on Thursday [2-21-19] for a hearing to address the situation. She also raised the question that his social media posting could jeopardize his bail, which allows him to travel with some restrictions. Stone apologized to the court Monday [2-18-19] night for the image and modified it on his social media account, with a caption that still criticized Jackson, saying his case was a ‘show trial.’ He later took that image down, too…Last week, Jackson ordered him not to speak publicly in and around the courthouse. His attorneys and others involved in his criminal proceeding face a broader mandate: they cannot comment on the case in a way that could bias a jury, leaving them virtually unable to argue on Stone’s behalf outside of the court filings and hearings.”

-Katelyn Polantz, “Judge calls new hearing on gag order after Roger Stone’s inflammatory post,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 19, 2019 4:38 pm

22,617. 2/15/2019

COURTS/PAUL MANAFORT/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal judge has placed a gag order on longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone and attorneys involved in his criminal case, though Stone’s ability to speak publicly isn’t completely restricted…They, their clients and even Stone are also not allowed to speak in and around the courthouse. In her order, Jackson notes how effective Stone has been in gaining followers, critics and media attention. She notes ‘the size and vociferousness of the crowds that have already been attracted to these proceedings, and the risk that public pronouncements by the participants may inflame those gatherings.’ Jackson’s gag order on the attorneys matches word for word the gag order she put on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates, their attorneys and others involved in their cases soon after their 2017 indictment. Manafort’s and Gates’ teams have interpreted that order to be very strict, preventing them from speaking nearly at all times with reporters and in public venues.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Judge puts gag order on Roger Stone and attorneys,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 15, 2019 4:39 pm

22,537. 2/9/2019

ROGER STONE/SPORTS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roger Stone has emerged as an unlikely critic of the NFL concussion settlement over the last several weeks, and the indicted former associate of President Donald Trump has been ‘a go-to source’ for a lawyer involved in litigation, according to a federal court filing obtained by USA TODAY Sports…Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the class of retired NFL players that helped craft the settlement, wrote in a Tuesday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania – the same federal court that handled the settlement – that Florida-based attorney Patrick Tighe ‘appears to be a go-to source for Roger Stone’…Federal agents arrested Stone at his Florida home Jan. 25 after a federal grand jury indicted the longtime political consultant on charges related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Last week, he pleaded not guilty to all seven charges, which included: a count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and a count of witness tampering.”

-A.J. Perez, “Why has Roger Stone become a critic in NFL concussion settlement?,” USA Today, February 9, 2019 12:23 pm

22,355. 2/1/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case is considering a gag order, she said at a hearing in Washington on Friday [2-1-19]…Jackson cautioned Stone, a longtime Republican campaign adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, against treating the buildup to the trial ‘like a book tour’ and reminded him he should not argue his case ‘on the talk show circuit.’ She also said that if a gag order is imposed, that wouldn’t limit all of Stone’s public speaking. He and others in the case, Jackson said, could still ‘discuss foreign relations, immigration or Tom Brady.’ Jackson, who handles several cases related to the Mueller investigation, previously imposed a gag order over former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s criminal case restricting Manafort’s team’s public statements. Both sides will be given a chance to respond to Jackson by next Friday.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Judge considers gag order in Roger Stone case,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 1, 2019 5:51 pm

22,256. 1/29/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/ROGER STONE/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The main takeaway from informal presidential adviser Roger Stone’s arraignment Tuesday [1-29-19] is that the Russian collusion narrative has collapsed. If there were anything there, we’d know about it by now. Stone was hauled in to federal court Friday [1-25-19] morning after a theatrical, televised arrest that should be the subject of a Justice Department investigation or congressional inquiry. Why the excessive threat of force? Though CNN denies it, many still wonder whether the network was tipped off. The extreme intimidation tactic might have been intended to send a message, but it only tended to confirm the biases of those who see special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire effort as a rogue operation. The ‘process crimes’ Stone is charged with, such as lying and witness tampering, are potentially serious. But he was not charged with facilitating Trump campaign collusion with Russian hackers, and the indictment itself gives little reason to believe there ever were any.”

James S. Robbins, “Roger Stone’s not guilty plea shows collapse of Russian collusion narrative,” USA Today, January 29, 2019 6:41 pm

22,245. 1/29/2019

LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Roger Stone, a longtime Republican campaign adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday [1-29-19] morning to seven criminal charges of false statements, witness tampering and obstruction of justice. Special counsel Robert Mueller and the US attorney for the District of Columbia have accused Stone of lying to congressional investigators about his communications regarding WikiLeaks’ publication of stolen emails meant to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. In one charge, he is accused of threatening a contact of his whose congressional testimony about WikiLeaks would contradict Stone’s. The indictment also describes how Stone allegedly coordinated with top Trump campaign officials about his outreach to WikiLeaks…Before the arraignment began, Stone repeatedly perused the gallery, surveying the pews filled with reporters and members of the public. During the hearing, he focused on the proceedings but did occasionally glance back at the room, which was mostly full.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Roger Stone enters not guilty plea,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 29, 2019 9:29 am

22,243. 1/29/2019

ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Roger Stone I met for a drink in the bistro across the street from a Barnes & Noble bookstore was not the right-wing merry prankster, the con man, I expected. Yes, he looked like he’d stepped from the set of Guys and Dolls—with a spread collar, natty tie, pocket square and that navy-blue chalk-striped suit he wears. And, yes, he was on his way to said book shop to tout his latest volume of risible conspiracy theories. It was autumn 2014…Stone may have a native inclination for intrigue. Or maybe not. But as we talked it struck me how much Watergate had fed his cynicism. If a politician like Nixon could be destroyed, Stone seemed to believe, then the system was corrupt, a rigged game, just another opportunity to exploit—with dirty tricks, dishonest ads, phony history books, whatever. By the time Donald Trump came calling, Roger Stone was ready.”

John A. Farrell, “Watergate Created Roger Stone. Trump Completed Him.,” Politico, January 29, 2019

22,204. 1/26/2019

CONGRESS/ELECTION/GOP/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s defeat in his border-wall standoff with Congress has clouded his already perilous path to a second term in 2020, undercutting Mr. Trump’s cherished image as a forceful leader and deft negotiator, and emboldening alike his Democratic challengers and Republican dissenters who hope to block his re-election. The longest government shutdown in history inflicted severe political damage on the president, dragging down his poll numbers even among Republicans and stirring concern among party leaders about his ability to navigate the next two years of divided government. Mr. Trump, close associates acknowledge, appears without a plan for mounting a strong campaign in 2020, or for persuading the majority of Americans who view him negatively to give him another chance. Compounding the harm to Mr. Trump on Friday [1-25-19] was the indictment of Roger Stone, his political adviser for several decades, on charges of lying to investigators and obstructing the inquiry by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, “A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.,” The New York Times online, January 26, 2019

22,201. 1/26/2019

HILLARY CLINTON/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “CBS reports that in the Roger Stone indictment, data was ‘released during the 2016 Election to damage Hillary Clinton.’ Oh really! What about the Fake and Unverified ‘Dossier,’ a total phony conjob, that was paid for by Crooked Hillary to damage me and the Trump Campaign? What…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 26, 2019 8:39 pm 

22,192. 1/26/2019

CONGRESS/FBI/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page & lover, Baker and soooo many others? What about Hillary to FBI and her 33,000 deleted Emails? What about Lisa & Peter’s deleted texts & Wiener’s laptop? Much more!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 26, 2019 8:42 am 

22,185. 1/25/2019

2016 ELECTION/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, revealed on Friday [1-25-19] the most direct link yet between parallel efforts by the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election using Democratic Party material stolen by Russians. A top Trump campaign official dispatched Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to President Trump, to get information from WikiLeaks about the thousands of hacked Democratic emails, according to an indictment. The effort began weeks after Democratic officials publicly accused Russian intelligence operatives of the theft, which was part of Moscow’s broad campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential race. The indictment made no mention of whether Mr. Trump played a role in the coordination, though Mr. Mueller did leave a curious clue about how high in the campaign the effort reached: A senior campaign official ‘was directed’ by an unnamed person to contact Mr. Stone about additional WikiLeaks releases that might damage the Clinton campaign, according to the court document.”

Mark Mazzetti, Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman, “Indicting Roger Stone, Mueller Shows Link Between Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks,” The New York Times online, January 25, 2019

22,184. 1/25/2019

2016 ELECTION/FBI/HILLARY CLINTON/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Roger Stone, an informal political adviser to President Donald Trump, downplayed his Friday [1-25-19] indictment by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as based on a ‘process crime’ that doesn’t show collusion with WikiLeaks or the Russian government…Stone denied ever speaking to the President about WikiLeaks’ release of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails during the 2016 campaign. He also denied ever seeking the stolen emails in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials…Stone also criticized the FBI, which arrested him at his home in Florida just after 6 a.m. Friday. Mueller wrote in the indictment that publicly disclosing the arrest would ‘increase the risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence’ in an explanation for its manner.”

Caroline Kelly, “Roger Stone downplays ‘process crime’ after arrest by FBI,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 25, 2019 10:43 pm

22,178. 1/25/2019

ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On the day of his indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller, former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone seems to have lost the support of one of his greatest heroes, former President Richard Nixon — or at least Nixon’s foundation. The Nixon Foundation sought to distance itself Friday from Stone after the political provocateur emerged from a Florida federal courthouse flashing the signature double V hand signal, usually used to symbolize ‘victory’ or ‘peace,’ that Nixon made when he departed the White House after his resignation. Stone, who has a tattoo of the former president on his back, has long cited Nixon as a key political icon and influence…The FBI arrested Stone early Friday [1-25-19] morning after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by Mueller, who alleges that the longtime Trump associate sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump’s opponents while in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials. The indictment indicates that several unnamed Trump advisers knew of Stone’s attempts.”

Caroline Kelly, “Nixon Foundation distances itself from Roger Stone after Mueller indictment,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 25, 2019 8:55 pm

22,174. 1/25/2019

HILLARY CLINTON/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Every criminal case brought against a senior member of the Trump campaign as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has revealed a new attempt to conceal contacts with Russia or intermediaries linked to the Kremlin. Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney to President Donald Trump; Michael Flynn, the Trump administration’s first national security adviser; Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman; and George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign; all have been implicated in back-channel efforts to establish lines of communication with the United States’ primary adversary – Russia. In a 24-page indictment revealed Friday against Roger Stone, one of Trump’s longtime political advisers, Mueller’s prosecutors took their deepest plunge yet into the inner workings of the Trump campaign and its intense interest in the Kremlin’s effort to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid with hacked emails laundered through the group the government says became its de facto publishing arm: WikiLeaks.”

Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen and Brad Heath, “Roger Stone indictment: Mueller pushes deeper into Trump campaign; highlights effort to use Russia hacks to derail Clinton bid,” USA Today, January 25, 2019 6:26 pm

21,382. 12/19/2018

HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday [12-20-18] to send the transcript of its 2017 interview with Roger Stone to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican on the panel, said the committee approved it unanimously by voice vote. Conaway told reporters ahead of the vote that Mueller had made a request for a transcript from the committee, though he didn’t specify which interview. The move dramatically raises the legal stakes for Stone, who has faced growing scrutiny in the special counsel investigation, and would suggest a heightened interest by federal prosecutors in one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies. It also would come before Democrats take power in January, with the committee’s incoming chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, promising to provide Mueller with all transcripts of witnesses who testified before the panel as part of the Russia investigation.”

Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju, “House Intelligence panel votes to send Roger Stone transcript to Mueller,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 19, 2018 12:11 pm

21,006. 12/5/2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roger Stone, a longtime friend and a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, declined through his lawyer Tuesday [12-4-18] to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee or provide requested documents. Stone, a political operative who worked on Republican campaigns from Richard Nixon to Trump, has ties to several targets of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, tweeted out a letter from Stone’s lawyer’s saying that he intended to “plead the Fifth” rather than appear before the committee. When a witness ‘pleads the Fifth’ he is invoking a right under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution that allows him to avoid questions that might incriminate him.”

Bart Jansen and Eliza Collins, “Roger Stone, Trump friend and campaign aide, will plead the Fifth, refuses to appear before Senate Judiciary Committee,” USA Today, December 5, 2018 11:11 am

20,950. 12/4/2018

ROGER STONE/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone is telling congressional committees that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in order to not testify in response to requests for documents and testimony. Stone’s attorney Grant Smith rebuffed a request from the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee this week for documents and an interview connected to 2016 Russian election meddling. And Smith said he sent a similar letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee in September invoking the Fifth after the committee — which is still conducting its investigation into Russian meddling — requested documents and an interview. Smith sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California stating that Stone was declining Feinstein’s requests, which she released over Twitter on Tuesday.”

Jeremy Herb and Sara Murray, “Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment in Senate Russia probe,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 4, 2018 6:47 am