DURING CLOSED-DOOR TESTIMONY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 26, 2017) — In a broadcast released by Infowars, longtime Trump ally, political strategist and author Roger Stone read a written statement which he said he would be submitting to the U.S. House Intelligence Committee at his scheduled appearance on Tuesday morning.
As he has on other occasions, Stone said he would have preferred to testify in public, not behind closed doors, hence his publication of his prepared remarks.
The document contains Stone’s assertion that members of the committee have made false statements about his alleged “collusion” with the Russian government within the broader context of allegations that the Trump campaign worked with the Kremlin to win the White House.
At the 7:00 mark, Stone spoke of an alleged “leak” which caused thousands of emails from the DNC server to be released to WikiLeaks last year. In July 2016, WikiLeaks began publishing the damaging communications which showed that DNC leaders had clearly favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primaries despite the organization’s pledge of neutrality. Stone said that the claim made by the committee that the Russians extracted the DNC emails is “unproven.”
One of Stone’s objections was that ranking committee member Rep. Adam Schiff “charged” on March 20, 2017 that Stone “stated publicly that he was in direct communication with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks” while questioning then-FBI Director James Comey.
“Mr. Schiff is guilty of a false assertion,” Stone said at 16:58.
Stone said that although he is “provocative” and outspoken, he has done nothing illegal and had no contact with the Russians. He then questioned the accuracy of the “17 agencies” of the U.S. intelligence community, three of which reportedly maintain that the DNC emails were obtained by Russian operatives.
He decried intelligence leaks from those agencies, stating that such occurrences are evidence of their “politicization.”
Stone later claimed that Schiff “lied” regarding Stone’s alleged contacts with internet persona “Guccifer 2.0,” who many have said is a Russian hacker involved in the DNC breach.
He opined that Trump is correct in calling the committee’s “Russia” investigation “a witch hunt.”
“Please do not continue to perpetuate falsehoods here today. I am now prepared to take your questions,” Stone’s statement ends.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.