During an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Donald Trump’s former Republican consultant, Roger Stone, said that he would be willing to cooperate with the investigation of collusion during the 2016 election conducted by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Stone, who gave a testimony of steadfast loyalty to President Donald Trump and which is kept as a record on Twitter, said in front of the cameras that “that’s a question I would have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion. If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about, which I know of none, but if there is I would certainly testify honestly”
Roger Stone, who is on bail on $ 250,000 bond, was arrested on Friday, January 25. He was indicted on seven counts from the investigation into the so-called Russian plot.
The police operation deployed by the FBI for his arrest was defined by Stone before the audience as “Gestapo tactics” because the special prosecutor Mueller ordered a major police operation to arrest him at his home.
“They could simply have called my lawyers and I would have turned myself in. It’s an expensive show of force to try to depict me as Public Enemy No. 1. It’s an attempt to poison the jury pool.” He said.
The veteran politician also declared in the interview that he would “also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president,” he said. “It’s true that we spoke on the phone, but those communications are political in nature, they’re benign, and there is certainly no conspiracy with Russia”.
Stone, 66, was indicted by a grand jury on five counts, one for obstruction of official procedure and another for manipulating witnesses, all linked to the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
According to the prosecution, the Republican strategist acted as a link between the campaign of Trump and WikiLeaks, which spread stolen emails to the Democratic National Committee that were “harmful” to Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Details about those contacts were exposed over the weekend by the New York Times, information based on documentation handled by the prosecution.
Stone must appear Tuesday in a federal court in Washington to continue with his judicial process.
After his first hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, Stone said he would not testify against Trump because that would imply “giving false testimony.”
“I will not testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him,” he said at the time.
Trump’s ex-adviser said to George Stephanopoulos, of ABC News that he has “never” talked to the president about the possibility that he could offer him a presidential pardon to avoid his conviction.
Translated by: José Espinoza