Trump Associate Testifies on Russia Interference

Roger Stone says he's aware of 'no evidence whatsoever' of collusion
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2017 5:04 PM CDT
Trump Associate Testifies on Russia Interference
Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone speaks to members of the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone said Tuesday he's "aware of no evidence whatsoever" that Trump's campaign coordinated with Russians during the 2016 election. Stone spoke to the House intelligence committee for more than three hours as part of the panel's probe into Russian interference in the election, the AP reports. Afterward, he told reporters that the majority of lawmakers' questions focused on his communications with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into Democratic National Committee email servers. He said questions also focused on communications he had through an intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Stone has long denied that he worked with Russian officials to influence the presidential election.

Stone, a Republican strategist who has known Trump for many years and informally advised him during the 2016 campaign, has denied that he had advance knowledge of the leak of former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails and says he never colluded with Assange, who released Podesta's emails on his website. "While some may label me a dirty trickster, the members of this committee could not point to any tactic that is outside the accepted norms of what political strategists and consultants do today. I do not engage in any illegal activities on behalf of my clients or the causes in which I support," he wrote in a statement. Speaking to reporters after Stone, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, said there was "one area" where Stone refused to cooperate and the committee may have to subpoena him. He didn't say what area that was. (Read more Roger Stone stories.)

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