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Roger Stone asserts Fifth Amendment right on Senate ommittee request

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Longtime
Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify before the
House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 26,
2017, in Washington.

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Press/J. Scott Applewhite


  • Roger Stone, a key figure in the Russia probe, is invoking
    his Fifth Amendment right and declining to provide documents
    requested of him by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • In a letter to ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
    Stone’s attorney Grant Smith called the requests and “far too
    over-broad, far too overreaching,” and “far too wide-ranging” for
    him to comply with. 
  • Feinstein originally requested documents of Stone’s
    communications with WikiLeaks and Trump campaign officials back
    in November 2017.

Roger Stone, the former adviser to President Donald Trump, is
invoking his Fifth Amendment right and declining to provide
documents requested of him by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a letter to the committee publicly
released by ranking Democratic member Sen. Dianne Feinstein
,
Stone’s lawyer Grant Smith said Stone “respectfully declines to
produce any documents and declines the invitation for an
interview.” The letter cited the Fifth Amendment’s protection
against self-incrimination. 

Smith called Feinstein’s requests “far too over-broad, far too
overreaching,” and “far too wide-ranging in their all-embracing
list of persons to whom the request could relate with whom Mr.
Stone has spoken over the past three years.” 

Stone has become a central figure in special counsel Robert
Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election
and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Moscow to tilt
the race in Trump’s favor. The special counsel has called at
least seven of his associates to testify before the grand jury
convened to hear testimony in the probe.

Stone’s involvement in the Russia
probe
revolves around whether he had foreknowledge of radical
transparency group WikiLeaks releasing emails from the Democratic
National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign allegedly
hacked by Russian security officers to sow discord in the 2016
election. 


Read more:

Top Trump campaign officials and
right-wing media allies were convinced Roger Stone was much
closer to WikiLeaks than he’s let on

In the letter to the Judiciary Committee, Smith also called for
the transcript of Stone’s September 2017 closed-door testimony
before the House Select Committee on Intelligence to be made
public.  

Feinstein originally requested documents of Stone’s
communications with WikiLeaks and Trump campaign officials
in November 2017

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