Roger Stone calls allegations of his connection to Russia 'McCarthyism'

Stone says brief conversation with Russian hacker was public

By Ian Margol - Reporter

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - Presidential adviser Roger Stone's name came up several times Monday during FBI director James Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as Comey confirmed the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol spoke to Stone at his office to give him the opportunity to respond, and he called the allegations of his connection to Russia "McCarthyism."

Despite not being at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing, the former President Trump campaign adviser's name came up more than once.

Comey refused to comment on Stone or whether he is a part of the investigation into alleged Russian hacking.

Stone was also outraged about U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff's questions at the hearing and allegations about him made by U.S. Sen. John McCain.

"It was the worst kind of red-baiting and mudslinging -- telling part of the story, but not all of the story. It's McCarthyism," Stone said.

One of the big questions about Stone arose from his communication with a Russian hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0," who is believed to have been the hacker responsible for Democratic National Committee leaks. 

But Stone said that communication was made public, and that it came well after the alleged hacks.

"That is what I'm accused of colluding with him on. Thus, one would need a time machine in order to collude," Stone said.  

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently asked Stone to preserve any communications that would be beneficial in the panel's investigation into Russian tampering in the U.S. election.

The political consultant said there's nothing to find.

"To make it clear, I have no relationship with the Russians," Stone said. "This Guccifer inference is incorrect. There are no other Russian contacts."

Margol asked Stone whether or not he felt anyone else in the Trump campaign had overstepped in communicating with the Russians.

He said he could only speak for himself and referred to several statements from members of the administration, saying they've denied any connection.

Stone did say that he is certain that Trump has not had any improper contact with Russia.

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