A former Trump campaign adviser is coming to the defense of Roger Stone just days after he was indicted by the special counsel.
Veteran Saturday Night Live host Steve Martin returned to the show this week to portray President Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone, fresh off his indictment on seven counts including making false statements and witness tempering.
The 66-year-old Stone, arrested in a pre-dawn Federal Bureau of Investigation raid Friday on his Florida home, has denied wrongdoing, saying hours after his apprehension, "I will plead not guilty to these charges, I will defeat them in court". It's true we spoke on the phone, but those communications are political in nature, they're benign and there is certainly no conspiracy with Russian Federation.
The real-world Stone indictment included one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements and one count of witness-tampering. He was released on $250,000 bond and will make his first court appearance on Tuesday in Washington, where the case was brought.
On Sunday, Stone said he was "mindful" of Mueller's "ability to induce people to say things that are not true, particularly people who are seeking a reduction in their sentence or people who have an ax to grind".
Stone said he would "testify honestly" if he knew about any Trump campaign wrongdoing and didn't rule out speaking about his talks with Trump.More news: Winter Storm Watch in effect for Tuesday Morning — ALERT DAY
For Stone, one of Corsi's potentially most damaging assertions is that the two men worked together on a "cover story" for a tweet by Stone in August 2016 that appeared to predict a later release of emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
"You are directing Stone to take possession of what he knows to be stolen materials", said Rosenzweig, now a fellow at the R Street Institute think tank.
'They want to intimidate me.
More importantly, said Nunes, the indictment does not accuse Stone of colluding with Russians.
In the Russian Federation investigation, one Trump aide after another has been accused of lying to investigators, or encouraging others to do so, about Russia-related contacts during the campaign and transition period.
He also said his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee was truthful - and even threatened to call congressional panel members to prove it.