Roger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn MORE, a former adviser to President Trump, is now fundraising off a promise not to testify against him in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump in recent days has lashed out at witnesses cooperating with the Justice Department's probe, such as his former attorney Michael Cohen, whom he's called a "rat." 

Stone, who is being investigated by Mueller, wrote in conservative writer Ben Shapiro's "Call to Action" newsletter on Tuesday that he is refusing "to bear false witness against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE" and that he "will not be railroaded by Mueller and his legal thugs."

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"I intend to fight any effort to frame me for perjury or act on false accusations against our President. But I urgently need your help," he continued, adding that "Mueller's illegal leaks have destroyed my business" and claiming that the cost of attorneys has "virtually bankrupted me."

He then asked supporters to make an "emergency contribution" of "$25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000" to his legal defense fund. 

"Anything you send will be deeply appreciated," he added. "I intend to fight for my life but cannot do so without your help."

Stone did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Mueller is looking into whether Stone knew in advance that WikiLeaks planned to publish hacked emails from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE's campaign and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.

Stone has denied having any advance knowledge of the email dumps but made several public comments in 2016 that seemed to forecast that the emails were coming.

Trump has praised Stone for saying that he will refuse to testify, writing on Twitter earlier this month that Stone was "essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories."

"Nice to know that some people still have 'guts!'" Trump added.