Roger Stone on Friday night said in a pair of cable TV interviews that the federal indictment against him is “thin,” special counsel Robert Mueller is out to get him and he will never turn on President Donald Trump.
“I’m in for the fight of my life. I will not quit. I will not fold. I will not bend,” the longtime Republican political operative told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “I will not bear false witness against the president. I intend to fight because this indictment is fabricated.”
Stone was indicted on seven counts Friday including charges of lying to Congress, specifically the House Intelligence Committee, about his efforts to reach WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign and his contacts with members of Trump’s campaign. Stone is also accused of trying to intimidate a witness: radio host Randy Credico, who was allegedly in contact with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange in 2016.
On Carlson’s show and later on CNN, Stone tore into the 24-page indictment that details his alleged repeated false statements to House lawmakers who were conducting their own probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In particular, prosecutors say Stone testified that he “denied having ever sent or received emails or text messages” with Credico when in fact they’d “exchanged over thirty text messages.”
Stone said he simply forgot “that I had text messages from an old cell phone,” and contended that those messages actually proved he was telling the truth. He also alleged that it is Credico, not he, who has lied to federal investigators.
Credico has repeatedly accused Stone of lying about their relationship and denied any involvement with Wikileaks.
Addressing the charges that he tried to intimidate Credico, Stone claimed that the context of his messages would prove his innocence. Those messages included a threat on April 8, 2018 that he would “take that dog away from you” in reference to Credico’s pet, adding later on the same day, “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive].”
“Context,” Stone told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “All of those text messages need to be seen in some context and when they’re seen in context they will see that they’re light hearted and they’re not serious.”
Stone also denied one of the key parts of the indictment that after July 22, 2016, an unnamed senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact him to figure out whether WikiLeaks had any further documents dumps to come and what other damaging information it had about Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Well, I have to speculate about that,” Stone said. “Since it never happened, it appears to me that they have composed testimony for someone.”