Roger Stone: ‘I Never Denied’ I Was the US Person Named in the Mueller Indictment
On Friday, Roger Stone sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo to discuss reports that he was the unnamed American mentioned in the indictment of 12 Russian officials for meddling in the U.S. election.
Rumors started shortly after the indictment was released that Stone was the person who the indictment states corresponded by Russian officers posing as Guccifer 2.0. That person was identified as someone “who was in regular contact with senior members” of the Trump campaign.
However, speaking to CNN earlier on Friday, Stone seemed to suggest while it sounds like him and indeed he did have contact with Guccifer 2.0, it was not actually him.
According to CNN:
Stone acknowledged to CNN that an exchange in the indictment matches messages he previously released, but maintained that he does not believe that he is the unnamed person in the indictment. Stone said the messages “don’t provide any evidence of collaboration or collusion.”
Yet he seemed to suggest to ABC the same day that it could be him.
As ABC reports:
Stone said he believes the reference to that “U.S. person” in the indictment referred to him.
“As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24 word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context and timing,” Stone said when reached by ABC News late Friday. “This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today’s indictment,” he said.
Finally, speaking to CNN Friday night, Stone beat around the bush a bit but finally admitted, “I think I probably am the person referred to.”
“Look, you put out the direct messages that you had with the person you now call a persona, Guccifer. And it is exactly what it is in the indictment. I think we have it if we want to put it up on the screen for people. So clearly the president — the government, in doing their investigating, is identifying these exact same communications. So there was no reason to ever deny it, Roger. It’s you,” Cuomo grilled.
“I never denied that it was me. I just didn’t understand the earlier reference,” Stone snapped back.
“Well, you said, I don’t think it’s me because I didn’t speak to high-ranking campaign officials, which when I read that, I found that hard to believe. But why fight it? Why not just say, this is me. I put out the direct messages. They also say there’s no allegation of a crime,” Cuomo pressed on.
“Chris, I just did,” Stone replied.
Watch above, via CNN.
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