Wednesday , April 26 2017

Trump friend Roger Stone says ‘Russian ties are fiction’

Roger Stone says claims that he colluded with the Russians prior to the presidential election are a ‘fiction of the Clinton campaign’ and ‘the deep state’ and he’s happy to say so under oath.

‘I relish the opportunity to face my accusers,’ the Republican strategist told DailyMail.com after his name came up at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff pushed FBI Director James Comey to tell lawmakers what he knows about Stone’s contact with the Russians and how the friend of Donald Trump knew that Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman had been hacked.

Comey refused to comment, suggesting with his silence that Stone is being investigated for coordination.

Stone blasted Comey in a phone conversation Monday evening for engaging in McCarthy-style tactics and accused Democratic lawmakers of ‘mudslinging’ and ‘red-baiting.’

Roger Stone says claims that he colluded with the Russians prior to the presidential election are a 'fiction of the Clinton campaign' and he's happy to say so under oath. The Trump friend is seen leaving the president's New York residence in December

Roger Stone says claims that he colluded with the Russians prior to the presidential election are a ‘fiction of the Clinton campaign’ and he’s happy to say so under oath. The Trump friend is seen leaving the president’s New York residence in December

He admittedly had an online conversation with Guccifer 2.0. But that was before the hacker or hacker collective was outed as a Russian intelligence front.

‘My actions are innocent,’ he declared again on Monday. ‘They don’t constitute collusion.’

Stone is almost certain that he was wiretapped by the federal government, because surveillance is the only explanation for the way his name and private conversations surfaced.

The New York Times named Stone as a Trump associate who was under investigation in connection to Russian meddling in the 2016 election in a Jan. 19 article.

Last week Stone’s conversations were Guccifer 2.0 were revealed by The Smoking Gun.

‘My civil rights have been violated. My right to privacy has been violated,’ Stone told DailyMail.com, specifically mentioning the Times article. ‘Leaking that, if indeed it was because I was indeed under a FISA warrant, leaking that information would be a felony.’

He declared: ‘I have committed no felonies, but the intelligence services have committed felonies to slur my name.’

Stone says he is ‘anxious’ to deliver testimony to that effect on Capitol Hill, where senators on the Intelligence committee have ordered him to comply with their investigation.

Legislators are smearing his name, Stone said, and he deserves to have the opportunity to respond.

‘I should have my day in court. There is no evidence whatsoever of my colluding with the Russians, or anybody else colluding with the Russians, to assist Donald Trump,’ he said. ‘This is a fiction of the Clinton campaign and picked up by their allies in the deep state.’

The deep state is a network of government bureaucrats the right-wing of the Republican Party claims is working to undercut President Trump.

At a news conference this afternoon White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to put distance between Stone and the president. He implied to DailyMail.com that that the two men are rarely in contact with one another

At a news conference this afternoon White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to put distance between Stone and the president. He implied to DailyMail.com that that the two men are rarely in contact with one another

A former aide to and longtime friend of the former real estate magnate, Stone calls himself the ‘ultimate Trump loyalist.’

At a news conference this afternoon White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to put distance between Stone and the president. He implied to DailyMail.com that that the two men are rarely in contact with one another.

‘Mr. Stone is somebody the President has known for a long time. He worked briefly on the campaign I think until about August of 2015, from recollection. They have talked from time to time, but I don’t think any time recently,’ he stated.

The White House official acknowledged that the president and Stone ‘had a long relationship going back years where he would provide counsel’ and stressed again that Stone has not been a formal advisor to the Trump since the beginning of his campaign for president.

‘I don’t know at all when the last time they even spoke was,’ he added.

Having previously slammed one-time Trump adviser Carter Page as one of the campaign ‘hangers-on,’ Spicer did not say in his response whether he thinks the same label should be applied to Stone.

Asked about Trump associates in earlier in his briefing who may be under investigation, Spicer said ‘some’ of the people who came up early in today’s hearing fell into that category.

‘Some of those names, the greatest amount of interaction that they’ve had has had cease-and-desist letters sent to them,’ Spicer said.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff pushed FBI Director James Comey (pictured) to tell lawmakers Monday what he knows about Stone's contact with the Russians. Comey dodged

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff pushed FBI Director James Comey (pictured) to tell lawmakers Monday what he knows about Stone’s contact with the Russians. Comey dodged

Trump’s spokesman was asked in a follow-up if he meant Page and Stone. ‘Exactly, the Carter Pages, yes,’ he said.

‘But those people, the greatest amount of interaction that they had with the campaign was the campaign apparently sending them a series of cease-and-desist letters.

‘So again, I think that when you read a lot of this activity about associates, there is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role in, and people who actually played a role in either the campaign or the transition.’

In a phone conversation later, Stone rebuked Spicer for the perceived slight.

‘If Mr. Spicer thinks that I am a hanger on, A, at least I was for Donald Trump, which is more than he can say.’ And if Spicer had read his book about the election, Stone said, ‘He would see what a total mischaracterization of the facts that is.’

Stone declined to get into the details of his private conversations with the president. He did confirm that they had been in contact since the inauguration.

‘I am a friend of the president,’ he said. ‘I prefer to communicate by short pithy memo, as I have for 39 years. I have the privilege of talking to him from time to time.’

The memos are sometimes about about politics. They’re ‘on anything,’ Stone said.

‘They’re privileged. They’re private,’ he answered when pressed.

And while he wouldn’t necessarily call himself an informal adviser to the president, Stone assessed, ‘I think he values my opinion on political matters.’

Putting it this way, Stone said, ‘The president is aware that I didn’t collude with any Russians to help his campaign. The president is aware of that.’

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