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Roger Stone: 'I'm Prepared' To Be Indicted

Roger Stone: 'I'm Prepared' To Be Indicted
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By    |   Sunday, 20 May 2018 04:18 PM

Roger Stone, a GOP operative and longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he's "prepared" to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," Stone dismissed the Mueller probe as "an effort to silence or punish the president's supporters and his advocates."

"I am prepared should that be the case," Stone said when asked if he was ready for a possible indictment.

Stone declared Mueller's team has found "no evidence whatsoever of Russian collusion."

"It is not inconceivable now that Mr. Mueller and his team may seek to conjure up some extraneous crime pertaining to my business, or maybe not even pertaining to the 2016 election," Stone said. "I would chalk this up to an effort to silence me."

Stone added that neither he nor his lawyer have been contacted yet by the special counsel's office, and he's unsure whether they consider him "an interesting person or a person of interest."

Associates of Stone's, however, have been subpoenaed by Mueller's team — and Stone said eight either current or former associates have been "terrorized" by the investigation.

Stone on Sunday also repeated his denials that he had any involvement with Russia or WikiLeaks, the site that released Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails throughout the 2016 campaign.

"I had no advance notice of the content, source, or the exact disclosure time of the WikiLeaks disclosures," he said. "[WikiLeaks founder Julian] Assange himself has said so. In fact, Assange has said in his own tweets and in interviews that Roger Stone 'never predicted anything that I hadn't already said in public.'"

Stone also was asked to elaborate on his comment about former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen last month, when he said, "Donald goes out of his way to treat him like garbage."

"Michael Cohen wanted very much to be in politics. He wanted to be in the campaign. He wanted to be in the administration. He has not achieved any of those things," Stone said.

"I don't think the president regarded him as a political genius or was open to his desires in that area. And he had a tendency to discount any political advice that Michael would give him. What Mr. Cohen has and has not done for the president, I have no way of knowing."

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Roger Stone, a GOP operative and longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he's "prepared" to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," Stone dismissed the Mueller probe as "an effort to...
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