A longtime associate of President Trump is maintaining his innocence. insists he is not guilty of charges outlined in a federal indictment and he’s blasting an on his Florida home. Stone spoke to CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues.
“Who were you communicating with then if it wasn’t the president?” Pegues asked.
“I wasn’t,” Stone said. “Those two assertions regarding Campaign Official 1 and Campaign Official 2 are incorrect. They are false. Now that doesn’t mean that the special counsel can’t induce somebody to say that, but they would be people who are easily impeachable, because they were either seeking a reduction in their sentence or because they have an ax to grind against me. This will all come out at trial.”
After emerging from the courthouse on Friday, the flamboyant political operative did a series of cable network interviews dismissing the charges against him.
And he sharply denounced the FBI for the arrest at his home.
“I believe that I will be vindicated in court, but I am 66 years old, I do not have a valid passport, I do not own a gun,” Stone said. “They’ll have all of my records. There was no reason to treat me like Pablo Escobar.”
The former Trump campaign advisor is charged with five counts of lying, one count of obstruction and one count of witness tampering.
The indictment mentions multiple unnamed Trump campaign officials who were in contact with Stone about WikLleaks.
One person in particular directed a senior campaign official to talk to Stone about the releases, according to the indictment.
Mr. Trump did not answer questions about Stone on Friday.
But Saturday he tweeted: “If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper….and sooo many others.”
Mr. Trump was referring to the former top law enforcement and intelligence officials who oversaw the launch of the Russia investigation in 2016. About two and a half years later it has led to more than 35 indictments or guilty pleas.
Stone said he will plead not guilty as he prepares to leave his home to be arraigned in a federal courtroom in Washington.