He’s been a longtime friend and ally, and that, apparently, is not going to change because of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Roger Stone, President Trump’s pal, decided that he was going to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the committee’s top Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein. He is refusing to share documents and testimony with the panel.
“Mr. Stone’s invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege must be understood by all to be the assertion of a Constitutional right by an innocent citizen who denounces secrecy,” Stone’s attorney, Grant Smith, said in a letter to the committee dated Dec. 3.
Roger Stone previously made a vow that he would never testify against the president. He is now a focus in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Mueller’s team of prosecutors wants to know whether Stone knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks was planning to unload thousands of emails that had been hacked from Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
Stone adamantly denies that he had knowledge beforehand. He has not immediately responded to a request for comment from the media.
Stone’s loyalty has elicited praise from President Trump. The president tweeted earlier this week that Stone showed “guts” for saying he would not testify against the president.
“I will never testify against Trump.” This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about “President Trump.” Nice to know that some people still have “guts!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
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Credit: NY Post