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Roger Stone Refuses to Detail Trump Talks; Defends Comey's Firing

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Roger Stone said Thursday that while he agrees with President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, he won't reveal his conversations with the president.

"I have always taken the position that conversations with the president and I or the scope or content or frequency would remain private," Stone told CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo during a lengthy interview Thursday morning, after Trump tweeted a denial to a CNN report that he'd spoken with Stone before the firing occurred. 

Stone said Thursday he "would not contradict" the president and his tweet.

"Mr. Comey was unaccountable," said Stone. "He looked into certain crimes that he thought were important, but not other crimes. The president and the country has to have an FBI director who they can trust."

Stone told Cuomo he doesn't speak to Trump daily. "There are ways to communicate besides the telephone. Donald Trump is a reader," Stone said, characterizing himself as a "memo writer."

Trump said in his tweet that he had not spoken with Stone for a long time, Cuomo pointed out. "We know that's not true . . . if he is not telling the truth about this, then how do we believe him?"

Stone also knocked comparisons between Comey's firing and the former President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night massacre," calling the current accusations of collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russians a "scandal in search of evidence."

"I see nothing that would hold up in a court of law over the collusion," said Stone. "I'm anxious to testify before the House committees in public. I don't need a subpoena. I'm not asking for immunity. I'll give them whatever documents they requested.

"I believe I have been under surveillance, they probably have them. They can call me a dirty trickster. There is one thing not in my bag — treason."

Stone also called it "disappointing" that Comey was "not interested in looking at Susan Rice or others in the White House and did not want to focus on the question of some in Trump Tower had been under surveillance."

"Mr. Comey and Admiral [Mike] Rogers said under oath there was no surveillance at Trump Tower," said Stone. "None. That's not true."

Stone also alleged that while a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant was obtained for surveillance activities corning Russian connections, the government gets "99 percent rubber stamp" on such requests.

"You think they go in and say sign this?" said Cuomo.

"We have reason to believe — yes, I do," replied Stone.

"They have to present evidence. The judge has to look at it and agree with the probable cause and get the warrant," argued Cuomo, but Stone said he does not agree.

In addition, Stone said, "in one had any confidence in Mr. Comey. It was not incidental he reopens the investigation into Hillary's email. Three days later, he closes it again saying the emails are benign.

"The NYPD has copies and I have seen the emails . . . I would have fired him from day one. The president gave him a chance and he made the right decision."

Stone also defended Trump's closed-door, Oval Office meeting on Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying Trump knows full well about "the bad guy Vladimir Putin."

"The president has not only an obligation, but formal part of his job to meet with the Russians," said Stone. "They have thermonuclear weapons."

He also defended the decision to shut U.S. media out of the meeting while allowing members of the Russian press to attend.

"The American media has continued to promote the myth of Russian collusion with no evidence," said Stone. "We have accusations. The New York Times on Jan. 20 says the intelligence services have emails and records of financial transitions of Russian collusions. They have phone intercepts. Don't say you have it. Show it."

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Roger Stone said Thursday that while he agrees with President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, he won't reveal his conversations with the president.
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