(National Sentinel) Witch Hunt: Roger Stone, a longtime political advisor to President Donald J. Trump, has released his opening statement ahead of his scheduled appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, claiming that a number of comments made by Democrats on the panel are “false” and “irresponsible.”
As reported by The Daily Caller, which received the statement from Stone, the committee is one of the congressional panels investigating alleged collusion between Team Trump and “the Russians” during last year’s election.
“I am most interested in correcting a number of falsehoods, misstatements, and misimpressions regarding allegations of collusion between Donald Trump, Trump associates, the Trump Campaign and the Russian state,” he wrote.
“I view this as a political proceeding because a number of members of this Committee have made irresponsible, indisputably, and provably false statements in order to create the impression of collusion with the Russian state without any evidence that would hold up in a US court of law or the court of public opinion.”
Stone, a famed political operator known as a “dirty trickster,” went onto note, “There is one ‘trick’ that is not in my bag and that is treason.”
The statement also includes rebuttals to specific committee members, especially Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. During one hearing, Schiff asked, “Is it a coincidence that Roger Stone predicted that John Podesta would be a victim of a Russian hack and have his private emails published, and did so even before Mr. Podesta himself was fully aware that [his] private emails would be exposed?”
Stone never made such a prediction, however, tweeting only, “Trust me, it will soon be the Podesta’s time in the barrel.”
“Note, that my Tweet of August 21, 2016, makes no mention, whatsoever, of Mr. Podesta’s email, but does accurately predict that the Podesta brothers’ business activities in Russia with the oligarchs around Putin, their uranium deal, their bank deal, and their Gazprom deal, would come under public scrutiny,” Stone says in the statement. “Podesta’s activities were later reported by media outlets as diverse as the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.”
Yahoo News columnist Michael Isikoff noted further:
Then, just a few days before the WikiLeaks release of Podesta’s emails on Oct. 7, Stone tweeted:
“Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”
That was followed on Oct. 3 by this: “I have total confidence that @WikiLeaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon.”
Then, on Oct. 5, Stone tweeted: “Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming.”
When Isikoff tried the “gotcha” question — ‘How did you know, Roger?’ — Stone said he learned it from a journalist who is close to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
“I ask a friend who is a journalist who I know is — has interviewed Assange, has a relationship with him,” Stone said. “And he comes back and says, ‘Yes. It’s confirmed. They have this material. And they’ll probably release it in October,’ which is what I said,” Stone responded.
U.S. intelligence agencies may have strong evidence that Russia attempted to influence the last election, but: 1) Russia has regularly attempted to influence American elections dating back to the Cold War; and 2) There is no evidence whatsoever of Team Trump-Russia “collusion,” and even U.S. intelligence officials and some Democrats have admitted that.
Update: Stone, during his opening statement, called the Intel Committee “cowards” for refusing to have an open hearing.
“Now however, you deny me the opportunity to respond to these charges in the same open forum. This is cowardice.”
“What is it you fear? Why do you oppose transparency? What is it you don’t want the public to know?” Stone asks. “I can assure each of you, I will not let myself be a punching bag for people with ill intentions or political motives.”
Like all cockroaches, Roger, they fear the light of day.
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