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Roger Stone invokes 5th Amendment, refuses to work with House Democrats: Report

March 21, 2019

President Trump ally Roger Stone is not cooperating with the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents related to its probe of the president, his 2016 campaign and his business dealings, according to multiple reports.

Mr. Stone invoked his 5th Amendment rights, telling Chairman Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, he won’t hand over the documents his committee requested or appear for an interview. Mr. Nadler’s committee fired off more than 80 requests for documents and information from companies and individuals linked to Mr. Trump.

“On the advice of counsel, Mr. Stone will not produce the documents requested by the House Committee on the Judiciary,” Mr. Stone’s lawyer wrote in a letter to the chairman, according to The Daily Caller.

“Whether the documents requested by the House Committee on the Judiciary exist or not, they are subject to a Fifth Amendment claim,” the lawyer added.

Mr. Stone was arrested earlier this year after special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted the GOP operative. The feds say Mr. Stone attempted to work with WikiLeaks, which published hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, to help Mr. Trump’s campaign.

He is charged with trying to obstruct an investigation and lying to members of Congress.

Mr. Stone’s trial date is set for ‪Nov. 5‬, and a legal defense fund to assist him with his legal costs hit $100,000 earlier this month, according to multiple news reports.

Michael Caputo, former political adviser to the president, told CNBC he plans to set up another crowdfunding page to help Mr. Stone.