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Schiff: Roger Stone could face charges of lying to Congress

Greg Nash

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that former informal adviser to President Trump, Roger Stone, could be “vulnerable” to charges of lying to Congress. 

Schiff, who is set to become the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made the comments while appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” saying that Stone’s testimony before the panel in 2017 “needs to be provided to the special counsel for consideration of whether perjury charges are warranted.”

{mosads}Schiff also said that Stone’s email correspondence with his associate Jerome Corsi, which Stone released publicly, was “inconsistent with his testimony before our committee.”

“It also looks like Mr. Stone was attempting to enlist Mr. Corsi’s help in covering for false testimony,” Schiff added. “So I think the testimony alone is reason for great exposure for Mr. Stone.”

 

Schiff’s comments came only days after Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congressional committees. He added that he’s confident that other people in Trump’s orbit have “met and exceeded” the bar of perjury. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating if Stone and Corsi were aware of WikiLeaks’ plans to publish hacked emails from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Stone has repeatedly denied have advanced knowledge of the organization’s plans. Trump has reportedly said in written answers to Mueller that he did not speak with Stone about WikiLeaks.

Stone accused Schiff of engaging in “frivolous semantics” in an email to The Hill, adding that his comments were part of a “shameless bid for partisan advantage. 

“If Mr. Schiff has any proof that I had advance knowledge of the source or content of the allegedly hacked or stolen emails published by Wikileaks or that I received anything of the kind I challenge him to produce it,” Stone said.

It was reported last week that Corsi, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, emailed Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans to released stolen documents before the 2016 election. 

The reports were based on draft court papers from Mueller’s team, signaling that Mueller is scrutinizing the developments that played out involving WikiLeaks.

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