Roger Stone breaks silence before trial, sees no problem with Trump-Ukraine call

Posted by on November 4, 2019 12:32 pm
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CBS12 News Reporter Jay O’Brien say down with Roger Stone three days before his federal trial is set to begin. (WPEC) <p>{/p}

MIAMI (CBS12) — Republican consultant Roger Stone, facing a federal indictment related to the Mueller Investigation, broke months of media silence Saturday night, three days before his trial.

Stone would not comment on his case, citing a court-imposed gag order, in a one-on-one interview with CBS 12 News.

When asked if he is expecting a pardon from President Donald Trump, should he lose his criminal case, Stone said he “could not discuss that in any way.”

JAY O’BRIEN: Would you expect a pardon should you lose?

ROGER STONE: I’m sorry. I can’t discuss that in any way.

Stone added it’s been “quite some time” since he last spoke with President Trump. Stone was a close confidant of the president in the lead up to the 2016 campaign.

The longtime Republican political operative did comment on the current impeachment inquiry against President Trump, saying it could hurt the democratic party and galvanize the president’s supporters. Stone called impeachment by the House of Representatives an “almost certainty” and recommended the president use some of his campaign war chest to advertise in states with Republican senators that could be ‘undecided’ in a Senate impeachment trial.

“I think the president has not only an obligation but a responsibility to investigate official corruption by government officials. Donald Trump did nothing wrong,” Stone said, referencing President Trump’s controversial call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Democrats say that call shows the president pressuring a foreign leader and threatening foreign aid for dirt on a political rival. The president has long denied that there was any quid pro quo on the call.

Stone responded to that allegation.

STONE: I think the president’s done nothing wrong.

O’BRIEN: Do you think that he’s able to ask President Zelensky for something on Joe Biden?

STONE: I read the transcript of that phone call, as did every American, and I still don’t see any impropriety about what the president did.

Stone reiterated claims that Trump supporters would rise up if impeachment were to continue.

“I don’t think it will be violence but i do think there will be a political revolution,” Stone added. “I think that the republicans might well take back the house because of this impeachment drive.”

When asked about comments he made to a TMZ reporter in August 2017, saying politicians who vote for impeachment “would be endangering their own life,” Stone responded, “I don’t know that I recall that…I’m opposed to violence but I do think this could have political repercussions.”

“I would like to run against Joe Biden,” Stone said when asked about the 2020 field. Stone advised the President should juxtapose his efforts on criminal justice reform with the now criticized 1994 crime bill Biden once championed.

“He’s a brawler, he likes a good fight. he’s fearless. you can’t judge him on bass of judging past presidents,” Stone said when asked how he believes is personally handling the impeachment inquiry. “He has a unique style. It’s a style some people love, its a style that grates others.”

O’BRIEN: Is [The President] improvising or does he have a plan?

STONE: Thats an excellent question. The results matter.

via WPEC