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Roger Stone Reveals Defense Against Indictment: He Forgot About All Those Texts and Emails


Roger Stone provided a defense against allegations that he lied about communications regarding WikiLeaks and hacked Clinton campaign emails. On Sunday Stone said that he forgot about what he called “exculpatory” texts and emails, but added he didn’t intend on making false statements about the Russia investigation.

“I will prove in court that any failure of memory on my part was without intent, and would be immaterial,” he said on This Week.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, and that includes whether the Trump campaign was involved in any related criminal activity. Stone, who once served as an adviser on the Trump campaign, was arrested at his Florida home Friday morning on charges of obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements, and witness tampering. Prosecutors say he knew  about hacked Clinton campaign emails before they were made public, lied to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks, and encouraged another person lie to Congress.

Stone on Sunday denied there being collusion.

Stone also said that he has never discussed a pardon with President Donald Trump.

“The only person that I had advocated a pardon for, as we’ve discussed previously, is a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey, and I’ve written the president as to why I think that should be done,” he said on This Week.

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