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Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI

Conservative operative and provocateur Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE is considering suing the federal government to determine if he was the subject of an FBI surveillance effort on the Trump campaign, his attorney wrote in letters to U.S. officials and lawmakers exclusively obtained by Hill.TV.

Stone's attorney leveled the threat in letters to U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney MORE, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure MORE (R-S.C.), and ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTech privacy practices under scrutiny after DOJ subpoenas GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas CNN reporter's phone and email records secretly obtained by Trump administration: report MORE (R-Calif.).

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"We have strong reason to believe that Mr. Stone was among three advisors to candidate Trump who was under surveillance by the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign," Stone's attorney Paul Jensen wrote in the May 20 letter. 

Jensen wrote in the letter he based the charges against the FBI on a New York Times front page story from January 20, 2017 titled "Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides." The story describes how the FBI was reviewing intercepted communications between associates of Trump and the Russian government. It specifically mentions Stone, former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job Legal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder MORE, and former Trump advisor Carter Page as targets of the investigation.

"Having exhausted our administrative remedies we are now contemplating a tort lawsuit as a means to force the government to disclose the facts in this serious matter and to determine if Mr. Stone's 4th amendment rights were violated," Jensen's letter continues, also calling on Trump to fulfill a promise to declassify troves of FBI and DOJ documents relating to the investigation of his 2016 campaign. 

Stone provided no evidence to substantiate his claim, though his inclusion of U.S. Attorney Durham is noteworthy. Durham was appointed by Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEnergized Trump probes pose problems for Biden Pavlich: Biden can't ignore defund the police contributions to violent crime spike Progressives slam Garland for DOJ stances on Trump-era cases MORE to investigate possible FBI impropriety during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Stone is currently awaiting trial on seven counts brought by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's team including allegedly making false statements to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing a government investigation.