Roger Stone says FISA abuses are 'far worse than Watergate'

The alleged abuses by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court are worse than Watergate, according to former Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump Only William Barr stands between Trump and the end of democracy in America Hundreds of attorneys and judges offer to support any Trump official opposing 'political misuse of the DOJ' MORE

"I think the president should push ahead aggressively with the declassification of all of the information surrounding the FISA warrants, which essentially was the politically motivated spying on the Trump campaign, using the authority and power of government. That's an abuse of power far worse than Watergate," Stone told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball in an interview on "Rising" that aired Friday.

Stone said President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE should move forward with declassifying the documents in light of a New York Times article that said Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE proposed wearing a wire to record his conversations with the president, in addition to discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Rosenstein called the Times article "factually incorrect," and some officials defending Rosenstein said his comments were made in jest.
Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE is said to be looking into whether Stone had any advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks dump of the hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents during the 2016 presidential race.
Stone has not been charged with a crime in connection with Mueller's probe, which is being overseen by Rosenstein, but has said he expects to be indicted.
Trump last week directed the sensitive documents related to the Russia probe to be declassified, including portions of a surveillance application that helped the FBI monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The documents also include "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation" from former FBI Director James Comey and other top federal officials.
However, the president later delayed the release of the documents, saying "key allies" expressed concerns of the declassification.
Some House Republicans have argued that the FISA warrant for Page was wrongly obtained because it pulled information from the unverified dossier on Trump compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign.
— Julia Manchester