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Roger Stone says testimony before House panel probing Russia delayed

Roger Stone says testimony before House panel probing Russia delayed

Trump ally Roger Stone says his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee probing possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has been delayed.

"Evidentially they can't handle the Stone Cold Truth," Stone wrote in an email.

Stone was previously scheduled to appear before the committee July 24. Any delay from the late July date may push the testimony to the other side of the House's August break. 

Stone, an avid supporter of President Trump and informal adviser during the campaign, became a subject of the Russia probe after bragging about a "back channel" relationship with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange.

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The ally's private Twitter correspondence with Guccifer 2.0 – the online identity of the leaker of documents from the 2016 election hacking scandal – also surfaced online. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Guccifer 2.0 is a front for Russian intelligence. 

A representative for Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that the panel "does not comment on, nor confirm or deny any witnesses or potential witnesses as part of its investigation."

Some believe Stone's Twitter feed shows evidence of coordination with WikiLeaks.

On Aug. 21, before emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE's campaign chief John Podesta were leaked, Stone tweeted, “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.#CrookedHillary.”

Stone told The Hill in October that the tweet was not referring to WikiLeaks. Instead, he said, that tweet was a response to Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort departing the campaign following scrutiny of his past lobbying work in Ukraine.

The potential delay comes after Stone jabbed Democrats on the panel during a radio interview this week. 

Speaking on Buffalo, N.Y., station WBEN, Stone threatened to sue Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) for saying he was on the Kremlin payroll and called Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) a "lightweight, mannequin, pretty-boy" and a "yellow-bellied coward."