Fresh from his indictment and arrest on Friday, Trump confidante and Republican political operative Roger Stone appeared on ABC‘s This Week today to reveal that despite his pledge of ever-enduring loyalty to President Trump, he refuses to rule out attempting to reach a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Stone about the possibility of working with Mueller in providing evidence to further the Special Counsel’s probe into the Trump campaign’s contact with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential elections.
“You know, that’s a question I would have to — I have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion,” Stone replied.
“If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about, which I know of none, but if there is I would certainly testify honestly,” Stone said. “I’d also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president. It’s true that we spoke on the phone, but those communications are political in nature, they’re benign, and there is –- there is certainly no conspiracy with Russia,” the long-time Trump associate said.
Stone’s refusal to rule out a cooperation agreement demonstrates that he is hedging his bets while making his displays of bravado, dismissing the charges against him by saying that his lawyers “believe that this indictment is thin as piss on a rock.”
While Stone may think that Mueller doesn’t have anything substantial to convict him with, another former Trump advisor with a prosecutorial background has a more pessimistic view of the political dirty trickster’s legal peril.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared on This Week shortly after Roger Stone and told Stephanopoulos:
“Well, listen, I think if he decides to go to trial, he’s in very, very grave danger. Everyone is presumed innocent, George, and so is he. But the indictment, I think is a pretty damning indictment.”
Mueller has charged Stone with five counts of lying to Congress, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, and one count of witness tampering. After his arrest on Friday, a federal judge set Stone’s bail at $250,000 and mandated that he restrict his travel to Florida, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
His refusal to rule out entering into a plea agreement with the Special Counsel’s office belies his effusive proclamations of undying loyalty to his old friend President Trump that he made immediately after his arrest.
“There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president,” he said Friday. “I am one of his oldest friends. I am a fervent supporter of the president.”
Stephanopolous asked Stone what he hoped to achieve by sitting for interviews after being indicted.
“I think the way I was treated on Thursday is extraordinary,” he said referring to the late night raid on his home by the FBI . “I think the American people need to hear about it.’
“This was an attempt to poison the jury pool,” he added.
It was a natural response for the veteran conspiracy theorist.
You can watch Roger Stone on ABC’s This Week in the video clip below.
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone tells @GStephanopoulos he would discuss cooperating with special counsel Mueller, if asked: "That's a question I'll have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion … I would certainly testify honestly." https://t.co/lLYRyspanS pic.twitter.com/gRTin9PPFz
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 27, 2019
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Original reporting by Ali Dukakis at ABC News.