Roger Stone, Former Trump Adviser, Asked To Preserve Russia-Related DocumentsPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Manafort was being targeted for blackmail by Ukrainians who claimed to have proof that the embattled campaign manager received $12.7 million in cash payments from the campaign organization of pro-Russian former Ukraine Pres. Viktor Yanukovych.
The Trump confidant was mentioned by Democrats pressing FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers over alleged links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
USA officials may well be interested in Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0, whom they believe with "high confidence" was actually a front for Russian military intelligence and was part of the effort to influence America's elections.
In October 2016, Stone had told a news channel that he had "back-channel communications" with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the release of thousands of emails stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign. 'Trust me, it will soon be Podesta's time in the barrel.
Rhetorically, Schiff said: "Is it 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?" Comey did not provide any details. The Senate Intelligence Committee letter to him is dated February 17, but Stone claims he only received on Friday.
United States intelligence officials believe Guccifer 2.0 to be a front for Russian intelligence.
Representatives on both sides of the aisle have advocated for the investigation into Russian interference in the general election. Democrats are convinced that there is circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing in need of deeper investigation - including with Stone.
"I have this brief exchange with him on Twitter", he said.
Asked about Stone at a White House briefing Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged that Trump has known him for a long time but didn't believe the two had spoken "any time recently".
The New York Times said on Saturday that Republican "dirty tricks" operative Roger Stone Jr. was ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday not to destroy any documents related to Russia or which might be connected to an investigation of Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 USA election.
The Senate and House intelligence committees are investigating Russia's hacking of Democratic groups and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation.
Roger Stone says he welcomes the opportunity to publicly testify before lawmakers.
Stone told the Times that he is "anxious to rebut allegations that I had any improper or nefarious contact with any agent of the Russian state based on facts, not misleading and salacious headlines".
'I am willing to appear voluntarily if the committee isn't looking for the headline of issuing a subpoena'.
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