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Swalwell: Stone Not 'Forthcoming' About Contact With Wikileaks

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:00 PM

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Roger Stone was not "forthcoming" to the House Intelligence Committee about his contact with Wikileaks during the election.

Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, answered questions before the committee in a closed-door session Tuesday.

"No, I did not find him to be forthcoming," Swalwell said when asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."​ "One of the central questions around Robert Stone is who was he communicating with at Wikileaks at the time Russia was interfering with our election and dropping hacked e-mails to the American public.

"Mr. Stone refused to say who that was. He said he wasn't there under subpoena, he was there voluntarily, and unless he was under subpoena, he wouldn't even consider giving that name. For somebody who has accused the [Democratic National Committee] and others about not being forthcoming about this hack, he certainly did not show a willingness to want to help his country understand what happened in the last election."

Stone told reporters after the hearing, "I expressed my view that I'm aware of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign or anyone associated with Donald Trump."

He added that he had not spoken to Trump about his testimony, saying, "I'm not even sure he is aware that I am testifying today."

When asked if Stone would be subpoenaed by the committee, Swalwell said, "that's a question for Republicans. Democrats want him to come back under subpoena. If we're going to conduct a serious investigation, we're going to set the terms of how witnesses answer questions, not the witnesses."

He added that "there was a mutual frustration around this issue," between Republicans and Democrats on the committee.

"The precedent that we could be setting is that witnesses just come in and they start setting their own rules about what they'll answer and what they won't, and then everybody has to come in under subpoena and you really don't want to go that route."

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Roger Stone was not "forthcoming" to the House Intelligence Committee about his contact with Wikileaks during the election.
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