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Senate investigators request interview with Nunberg, communications with Stone

Senate investigators request interview with Nunberg, communications with Stone
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The Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting a closed-door interview with onetime Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg and that he turn over communications he had with GOP strategist Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Michael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Cohen on Giuliani: 'Chickens coming home to roost' MORE.

The panel made the formal request to Nunberg on Thursday, CNN reports, asking him to provide any communications with Stone regarding Russia, its hacking efforts during the 2016 election and WikiLeaks as the committee probes Russia's interference in the race.

Nunberg told the network he plans to "100% comply" with the request, but has denied having advance knowledge of any efforts by Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to release politically damaging information on Democrats in an effort to boost President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE during the election. 

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Stone, a longtime GOP operative and informal Trump adviser during the campaign, once claimed in an email that he had dinner with Assange before WikiLeaks released a trove of emails on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE that U.S. officials have said were obtained by Russian hackers.

"Roger Stone may have told me that he was in contact with Julian Assange; however I do not believe that he was. Once again, I never discussed nor did Roger ever say anything to me about John Podesta's emails — nor did Roger ever tell me that he had advance knowledge that John Podesta's emails were going to be released," Nunberg told CNN, referring to Clinton's former campaign chairman.

Stone has since denied the conversations took place, while the special counsel heading the Russia probe is reported to be examining the exchange between Stone and Assange.