Roger Stone pleads the Fifth to Senate inquiry

Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment in Senate Russia probe

President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone is rebuffing a request from the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee for documents and an interview connected to 2016 Russian election meddling, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

"On the advice of counsel, Mr".

Stone testified before the House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence in 2017 in a closed door testimony.

Stone, who denies that, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

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Democrats have accused Stone - who worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2015, but was let go in August, a year before the 2016 election - of having direct communication with WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, and therefore knowing in advance that the whistleblower website had obtained the private emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta and meant to publish them. Dianne Feinstein, Stone's attorney, Grant Smith, wrote that his client is declining to provide the documents because the scope of the request is too broad, and he does not want them to be used for private testimony. "Mr". Stone's approach earned him a supportive tweet from Trump this week, when the president praised Stone's "guts" for refusing to testify against him.

"Those who said the presidents warm and complementary tweet constitutes witness tampering should be reminded that I have never been contacted by any investigative body And therefore by definition this can not be true", the statement read.

Trump previously compared those who took the Fifth to those in "the mob".

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