Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOath Keeper charges renew attention on Trump orbit Democrats differ over how Biden should handle Jan. 6 anniversary Alex Jones suing Pelosi and Jan. 6 panel, planning to plead the Fifth MORE, a former adviser to President Trump, is now fundraising off a promise not to testify against him in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE" and that he "will not be railroaded by Mueller and his legal thugs."
"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: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' No Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way 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.