Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone to plead the Fifth
WASHINGTON (SBG) - President Trump’s longtime associate, Roger Stone, who is under growing scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, over possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election claims he will not testify against the president.
“I’ve said for almost two years now that there’s no circumstance under which I would bear false witness against the President,” Stone said. “In other words, make things up and testify against him,” said Roger Stone who spoke with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Stone’s legal team announced later Tuesday that Stone would not testify before Congress or provide documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Mr. Stone's invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege must be understood by all to be the assertion of a Constitutional right by an innocent citizen who denounces secrecy," Stone's attorney, Grant Smith, said in a letter addressed to the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Smith called the committee’s request ‘far too overboard, far too overreaching, far too wide-ranging.”
The announcement comes one day after President Trump praised Stone on Twitter for saying he would not testify against him.
“Nice to know that some people still have “guts!” Trump tweeted.
“Where exactly am I a witness? I haven’t been called to be a witness anyplace. George Conway literally doesn’t know what he is talking about—but I guess he’s upset because the President isn’t tweeting about him,” Stone said.
Some Democrats believes the president is interfering in an active investigation.
“The president is verging on obstruction of justice by in effect, encouraging and empowering, in fact emboldening non-cooperation,” said Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn.
The top democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. believes Trump crossed a line.
“What Donald Trump is doing, if he was picking up the phone and conveying the same messages to someone who is either a witness or someone who has plead guilty in an active investigation, that would be direct interference in a trial,” Sen. Warner said.
Meanwhile, one person who is taking is Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. In a sentencing memo, filed Tuesday Mueller recommended that Flynn serve no prison time for giving “substantial assistance” to investigators.
Stone suggested he think he could be framed by Mueller, which could ultimately lead to his indictment.
“A federal prosecutor without any limitations on their power can literally indict a ham sandwich—I’m just not interested in being Mr. Mueller’s lunch.”