Grant J. Smith, an attorney for political consultant and Trump ally Roger Stone, sent a letter to Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) demanding the “full and immediate release” of Stone’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
The news was first reported by The Atlantic‘s Natasha Bertrand.
New: Roger Stone's attorney has sent a lengthy letter to Devin Nunes demanding the "full and immediate release" of Stone's House Intelligence Committee transcript to the public. pic.twitter.com/6Kn4m7SZWQ
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 20, 2018
“Without regard to any action the Committee may take in response to a request by the SCO [Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office], or any other person or agency, for a copy of the interview transcript, either in whole or in part, Mr. Stone hereby demands the full and immediate release to the general public of the Transcript, such that the American citizenry and the world are able to evaluate for themselves,” Smith wrote.
He added: “It is worth noting, by comparison, that the transcripts of testimony given just days ago to a House committee by ex-FBI Director James Comey were released no more than 24 hours after Comey’s testimony concluded. Certainly, Mr. Stone’s testimony can, and should, be likewise released without delay.”
Smith’s letter comes just after the House Intelligence Committee voted to send the transcript of its 2017 interview with Stone to the special counsel’s office.
Stone has long been suspected of being the key which allowed Russian operatives, with the help of the Trump campaign, to launch cyber attacks on the 2016 presidential election.
Stone helped Guccifer 2.0 spread propaganda and misleading news stories to undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Guccifer 2.0 also took credit for the infamous hacking of the Democratic National Committee systems, as well as accounts of other political party members and organizations. U.S. intelligence officials believe Guccifer2.0 is likely a Russian military agent or a persona that was used by many to broadcast information hacked by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence organization.
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