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Clad in an English-tailored suit and clutching a Louis Vuitton bag, Republican operative Roger Stone spent three hours in front of House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday defending himself from allegations he colluded with Russian officials. “We had a very frank exchange,” he told reporters afterwards. “I answered all of the questions.”
“Among the most significant questions he refused to answer,” Rep. Adam Schiff said. “The chair of the investigation [Congressman Mike Conaway] and myself are in agreement that his refusal to answer in terms of his contacts with Wikileaks will not be permitted to stand. We gave him the opportunity to come in voluntarily. He said he was going to answer every question but didn’t.”
The investigation into Stone’s roll in potential Russian collusion hinges in part on two tweets he sent out in late August and October which seemed to predict that John Podesta’s emails would be hacked and released via Wikileaks – which, according to US intelligence, has worked in concert with Russian hackers.
Stone claims that his two tweets were referring not to the impending release of emails but rather the “Podesta brothers’ business activities in Russia.” But when examined closely Stone’s alibi quickly falls apart, since virtually none of the deals he mentions have anything to do with John Podesta at all.
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) said that Stone’s excuse for saying it would soon be Podesta’s “time in the barrel” was shaky, at best. “It defies comprehension and belief all these things could have happened circumstantially,” he told CNN. “I’d like to see copies of his social media contacts and his phone records. He needs to say under oath that he never emailed, texted, or otherwise communicated.”
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Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 21, 2016
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016
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