Roger Stone Invokes Fifth Amendment, Declines Senate Document Request

Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, said in a letter that he will not provide documents or give testimony to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Politico reports that Stone’s lawyer sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office invoking his client’s Fifth Amendment rights. “Mr. Stone’s invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege must be understood by all to be the assertion of a Constitutional right by an innocent citizen who denounces secrecy,” Stone’s attorney, Grant Smith, wrote in the letter. Smith also wrote that Stone “wants his information aired in public” rather than being leaked. The lawyer stated that Feinstein’s document request was “far too overbroad, far too overreaching, far too wide ranging.” Stone is reportedly under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mueller is allegedly probing whether Stone had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would release Hillary Clinton campaign emails soon before the 2016 election. Trump recently praised Stone’s unwillingness to cooperate with various probes into the 2016 election, writing on Twitter that he had “guts!”