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Roger Stone says he hasn’t spoken to Trump about potential pardon

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Roger Stone said Sunday that he’s had no discussions with President Trump or his legal team about a potential pardon should he be implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“There’s no circumstance under which I would testify against the president because I’d have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up.  And I’m not going to do that,” Stone said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I’ve had no discussion regarding a pardon,” he added.

{mosads}Stone told anchor George Stephanopoulos he’s not had any discussions with Trump or his team about a pardon for former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, either.

Trump said last week that he had not discussed a pardon for Manafort, but that he would not “take it off the table.”

Manafort pleaded guilty in Mueller’s investigation after he was convicted on bank and tax fraud charges in order to avoid a second, separate trial. However, prosecutors last week accused Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to investigators.

Jerome Corsi, an associate of Stone caught up in the Mueller investigation, has also insisted he is not seeking a pardon from the president.

Stone, a former informal adviser to the Trump campaign, has come under scrutiny in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks during the campaign.

He has insisted he did not have advance knowledge of the organization’s plans to release hacked emails form Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump reportedly said in written answers to Mueller that he did not speak with Stone about WikiLeaks.

On Sunday, Stone repeated those denials, and maintained that he did not speak about WikiLeaks with then-candidate Trump. 

He added that he has not yet been contacted by Mueller’s team.

“It suggests nothing at all,” Stone said when asked if he believes that means he’s a target of the investigation.

“Again, where is the crime?” he continued. “I engaged in politics.”

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