Roger Stone preemptively denies upcoming report on Trump’s knowledge of WikiLeaks dump
Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, on Monday posted an Instagram video preemptively denying what is apparently an upcoming report saying he told the president that WikiLeaks was going to release Democratic emails.
Stone in the video says The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow is working on the piece based on claims from an unnamed source. He also says The New York Times and The Washington Post have been pursuing the claim, but neither outlet has reported it yet.
“Somebody has been pushing a fake news story, first with The New York Times, then The Washington Post and now with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker,” Stone says in the video. “Someone is saying that they overheard a conversation in which I told Donald Trump in October of 2016 what exactly would be in the WikiLeaks disclosures and when they would be disclosed.”
“This is categorically false,” he says. “This is exactly the epitome of fake news. Let whoever is pushing this false narrative come forward and say, for the record, with their name on it. They won’t because it is false.”
Stone on Monday sent out an email to his supporters claiming special counsel Robert Mueller is poised to indict him as part of the ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It has already been reported that Stone was in communication with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that leaked a collection of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election.
Stone, a GOP operative, said in 2016 that an intermediary met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who assured him the emails would be leaked on Oct. 5.
Stone has repeatedly denied that he did anything wrong.
The lawyer for Michael Cohen, Lanny Davis, had also suggested that Trump knew about the hacked DNC emails before they were released, although he has since appeared to backtrack on at least some of those claims. Davis is an opinion contributor for The Hill.
Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, last week pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and campaign finance violations.