Monday, 17 December, 2018

Trump ally Roger Stone pleads 5th Amendment, snubs Senate’s request for documents

Roger Stone speaks to the media after appearing before the House Intelligence Committee Modal Trigger Roger Stone Getty Images
Pablo Mccormick | 05 December, 2018, 16:13

Roger Stone, a longtime associate and friend of President Donald Trump, said through his lawyer Tuesday that he would not cooperate with the Senate Judiciary's request for documents or an interview.

"On the advice of counsel, Mr". Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, a lawyer for Stone said the panel's requests for information about people with whom Stone has communicated in the last three years were "far too overbroad, far too overreaching" and "far too wide ranging". He was interviewed past year by the House intelligence committee, and a transcript of that session may soon be released.

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He concluded the letter by saying Stone's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment "must be understood by all to be the assertion of a Constitutional right by an innocent citizen who denounces secrecy".

Stone also declined to provide lawmakers with documents related to "communications related to hacked emails, communications with Russian hackers of Wikileaks, and communications with the Trump campaign", during the 2016 presidential election, a request that Sen.

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In April, Stone indicated he would comply with Feinstein's initial request for documents including any communciations between himself and WikiLeaks founder, Juilian Assange, as well as members of the Trump Campaign. The move comes just one day after President Trump praised Stone for having "guts!" and refusing to testify against the president or flip.

Stone's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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