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Roger Stone Says He Won’t Testify About 1/6 On Grounds Of Self-Incrimination

Roger Stone Says He Won’t Testify About 1/6 On Grounds Of Self-Incrimination

Roger Stone has repeatedly declared that he had no role in the January 6th attack on Congress. Now, however, he says he’ll refuse to testify — using a rule that allows witnesses to protect themselves by not being forced to give testimony that could lead to criminal charges against themselves.

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According to CNN, Stone is the third high-profile witness who has declared an intent to use pleading the Fifth Amendment as a means to dodge an order to testify before a Congressional committee about what White House officials and Donald Trump’s inner circle might have known about the attack in advance.

His announcement comes on the heels of Steve Bannon being assigned a trial date for his refusal to comply with a similar subpoena. Though that date wasn’t set as far out as Bannon requested, some members of Congress have expressed concern that the date — July — is far enough out still to encourage other witnesses in defiance, believing they can ‘run out the clock’ until a shift in power protects them (and Donald Trump) from further investigation and potential prosecution or other consequences.

In the above tweet, Ted Lieu (D-CA) is referencing Mark Meadows, who had begun to cooperate with Congress, then did an about-face, claiming it was because the Committee didn’t show respect for executive privilege. However, as Lieu points out, Meadows was also facing criminal referral for refusal to comply with a subpoena, and did halt his cooperation after Bannon’s trial date was set.

It’s not clear how far the Fifth Amendment will protect any of these witnesses, however, as it is specifically the right not to incriminate oneself — not the right to refuse to testify about the alleged criminal activity of others.

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