Roger Stone denies tipping off Trump about WikiLeaks releases of Clinton emails
Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone on Monday pre-emptively pushed back on reports alleging he tipped off President Donald Trump about WikiLeaks’ pre-election releases of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In a video posted to Instagram, Stone vehemently denied the assertions, which he claimed several news outlets are pursuing.
“Somebody has been pushing a fake news story, first with The New York Times, then The Washington Post and now with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker,” Stone says in the video. “Someone is saying that they overheard a conversation in which I told Donald Trump in October of 2016 what exactly would be in the WikiLeaks disclosures and when they would be disclosed.”
Echoing the president’s rhetoric, Stone blasted the unpublished allegations as “categorically false” and “the epitome of fake news.”
Speaking to the New York Daily News on Monday evening, Stone clarified that reporters from all three outlets have reached out to him about a phone conversation he allegedly had with Trump shortly before WikiLeaks released emails stolen from ex-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
“It is alleged that I called Donald Trump on October 1 and that he put me on speaker phone that the source overheard,” Stone told The News before blasting the allegations as “total horse [explicit].”
A cache of Podesta’s emails were released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 7, 2016, dealing a serious blow to Clinton’s campaign shortly before the election.
Months earlier, during a news conference in Florida, then-candidate Trump had infamously urged the Russian government to hack Clinton and find “the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded the Kremlin provided WikiLeaks with emails stolen from Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee as part of its multifaceted effort to undermine American democracy, boost Trump’s chances and disparage Clinton.
None of the outlets Stone referenced had published any story on the matter as of Monday evening.
A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller declined to comment.
Mueller is investigating whether Stone had any advanced knowledge of WikiLeaks mass’ email dumps, and whether he might have given a heads up to the Trump campaign.
Stone, who denies any wrongdoing, has testified he was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the campaign via his “intermediary,” New York radio host Randy Credico.
Credico, who has been subpoenaed to testify before Mueller’s grand jury next month, said he and Stone never discussed tipping off Trump. “Never had a conversation with him about that,” Credico told The News.
Stone has also admitted communicating during the campaign with Guccifer 2.0, a Kremlin-controlled internet persona that U.S. intelligence agencies say was behind the DNC hack.
Despite denying malfeasance, Stone has recently speculated he could be next on Mueller’s indictment list.
“Robert Mueller is coming for me,” Stone said in a Sunday email asking supporters to donate to his legal defense fund. “I am being targeted not because I committed a crime, but because the ‘deep state’ liberals want to silence me and pressure me to testify against my good friend President Donald J. Trump.”