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Roger Stone, a long-time supporter and one-time adviser to President Donald Trump, issued a statement late Tuesday following the Justice Department’s release of dozens of search warrants used to prosecute his case.
Stone, 67, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in November after being convicted of seven counts, including witness tampering and lying to Congress. He has maintained his innocence throughout, framing the case against him as politically motivated. He became the sixth and last Trump-associated figure to be targeted by former special counsel Robert Mueller, many of whose prosecutors were found to be Democrat Party donors and supporters of Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.
Shortly after Stone’s conviction, President Trump hinted in a tweet that the Justice Department has plenty of other people to prosecute for ‘lying’ to Congress and to FBI investigators.
“The Search warrants ordered released today by U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper proves the baseless over-reach of the Mueller witch hunt and exonerate me from the crazed left-wing media charges of Russian collusion, Wikileaks collaboration and the receipt and dissemination of stolen e-mails, false narratives that ruined my life for the last 3 years,” Stone said in his statement.
“Although there are private communications contained in the warrants, they prove no crimes. I have no trepidation about their release as they confirm there was no illegal activity and certainly no Russian collusion by me during the 2016 Election. There is, to this day, no evidence that I had or knew about the source or content of the Wikileaks disclosures prior to their public release,” he continued.
Stone lamented that he was being characterized by many media outlets as a traitor “charged with espionage” and “trafficking in stolen emails,” a reference to a trove of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton and the DNC allegedly hacked by Russia (a claim which has been very much in dispute, including by President Trump).
“The search warrants and the affidavits used to support them released today clearly demonstrate the overreach of the Mueller investigation,” Stone noted. “Prosecutors and FBI investigators alleged, under oath, to several federal judges and magistrates that they had probable cause to investigate me for outrageous crimes for which they had and found no evidence.
“When my attorneys argued the warrants and affidavits were nothing more than a collection of conclusory statements, the Judge in my case sided with the Mueller inquisitors. We forcefully argued that the warrants and the affidavits lacked evidence and only contained supposition,” he continued. “There were no factual allegations supporting the issuance of the warrants. They were clearly based on misrepresentations by the FBI and the Muller [sic] team.”
And speaking of DNC hacks, Stone mentioned Crowdstrike — the cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate the alleged hacking incident. It was Crowdstrike that claimed the servers were hacked by Russia, though the DNC never allowed the FBI’s cybersecurity team to reexamine and confirm — or deny — that, despite the bureau having made multiple requests.
“The Government admitted in discovery in my trial that they relied on a redacted draft memo from Crowdstike- hardly an unbiased or credible source and the Government admitted the FBI never inspected the DNC servers,” Stone added.
“Screenshots of a computer server are like photos of a murder weapon-they cannot be examined. The sur-reply filed by former Assistant US Attorney Jonathan Kravis claiming the Mueller investigators had additional proof that the Russians hacked the DNC, included none of the alleged proof and was a fraud upon the Court,” he said,
“I was barred by Judge Jackson from proving this at trial through the production of forensic evidence and the testimony of experts such as former NSA Russia specialist and Technical Director, Bill Binney.”
Stone and his advocates have reportedly pushed the president to pardon his longtime friend and associate, especially after evidence emerged that the jury boss in his trial was a blatant Left-wing partisan.
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