- Roger Stone, a key figure in the Russia probe, is invoking his Fifth Amendment right and declining to provide documents requested of him by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- In a letter to ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Stone’s attorney, Grant Smith, called the requests “far too over-broad, far too overreaching,” and “far too wide-ranging” for Stone’s compliance.
- Feinstein originally requested documents that contain Stone’s communications with WikiLeaks and Trump campaign officials back in November 2017.
Roger Stone, the former adviser to President Donald Trump, is invoking his Fifth Amendment right and declining to provide documents requested of him by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In a letter to the committee publicly released by ranking Democratic member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, said Stone “respectfully declines to produce any documents and declines the invitation for an interview.” The letter cited the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination.
Smith called Feinstein’s requests “far too over-broad, far too overreaching,” and “far too wide-ranging in their all-embracing list of persons to whom the request could relate with whom Mr. Stone has spoken over the past three years.”
Stone has become a central figure in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump’s favour. The special counsel has called at least seven of his associates to testify before the grand jury convened to hear testimony in the probe.
Stone’s involvement in the Russia probe revolves around whether he knew about WikiLeaks’ plans to release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign that were allegedly hacked by Russian security officers to sow discord in the 2016 election.
In the letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Smith also called for the transcript of Stone’s September 2017 closed-door testimony before the House Select Committee on Intelligence to be made public.
Feinstein originally requested documents that contain Stone’s communications with WikiLeaks and Trump campaign officials in November 2017.