READ: Roger Stone Releases Statement Ahead Of House Intel Panel Testimony

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify behind closed-doors as part of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify behind closed-doors as part of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington... Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify behind closed-doors as part of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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Longtime Donald Trump associate and self-described dirty trickster Roger Stone said that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election and charged that Democratic leaders unfairly accused him of collusion in a statement released hours before his Tuesday testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

The 47-page document is pure Stone: a combative, bomb-throwing screed that insists the “mantra-like repetition” that Russia carried out an influence campaign to swing the election to Trump “does not make it so.”

He writes that it is instead, like the allegations against him, a combination of “conjecture, supposition, projection, allegation, and coincidence, none of it proven by evidence of fact.”

Stone adamantly denies the main charges against him: that he had advance knowledge that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails would be hacked and that WikiLeaks would release thousands of hacked emails from Podesta; and that he obtained damaging information from a hacker believed to be a creation of Russian intelligence in a Twitter exchange.

He asks for apologies from Clinton, House Intelligence Committee vice chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other top Democrats for repeatedly tying him to the Russia investigation in public appearances, amending his statement with news clippings documenting their comments.

A besuited Stone arrived on Capitol Hill just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, accompanied by his two attorneys, and proceeded directly into chamber where he was slated to meet with the committee. For once he had little to say, telling reporters gathered outside only that he planned “to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.”

Read Stone’s full statement below:

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  1. Rog. Can I call you Rog? I hate to break it to you, but you tied yourself to the Russian investigation, by bragging about being bff with Assange and damaging Hillary Clinton.

    He asks for apologies from Clinton, House Intelligence Committee vice chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other top Democrats for repeatedly tying him to the Russia investigation in public appearances, amending his statement with news clippings documenting their comments.

  2. Avatar for ghost ghost says:

    You just keep holding your breath while you wait for those apologies, Rog.

  3. So is this the GOP strategy for not having to testify to a Congressional committee? Release a statement prior to the testimony and the committee cancels the hearing? It’s what happened last week.

  4. It’s sometimes really hard to tell which dickhead in this Misadministration (and its coterie of associated dickheads) is the biggest dickhead. Okay, the Dickhead-in-Chief, but after that, the runners up are pretty much neck and neck.

  5. If you are able to ask me no questions, I will still tell you lies.

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