Trump Insider Roger Stone Set To Testify Before House Intelligence Committee
Political operative Roger Stone will testify in private before the House Intelligence Committee later this month, as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Hill reports:
“Although I have again called for an open public hearing in the interest of full transparency, the hearing is currently scheduled to be in a closed session,” Stone said in a statement. “I have again asked for immediate release of the transcripts so that there will be no confusion or misinformation about my testimony.”
Stone said that “all 20 members of the committee” will be present at the Sept. 26 interview. The panel, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Stone has previously publicized a scheduled appearance before the committee, in July, that never materialized. Through an attorney, Stone told reporters that interview was delayed because the committee wasn’t ready. The committee then declined to confirm the details of the interview.
Stone joins an ever-growing list of Trump supporters subject to Congressional testimony. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. testified in front of Senate investigators. Key details of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Senate investigators leaked shortly after. According to the New York Times, Trump Jr. took the ‘Russia meeting’ to gauge Hillary Clinton’s ‘fitness’ for office.
New York Times reports:
A copy of Mr. Trump’s statement was obtained by The New York Times.
The acknowledgment by the president’s eldest son that he intended to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues.
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a statement following his 5+ hour meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy,” tweeted Trump Jr.
I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy. pic.twitter.com/zIYkNOd4Zn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 7, 2017