One day after President Donald Trump’s pal Roger Stone crowed he would have to lie to “bear false witness against” POTUS, Stone instead invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself as he turned down a request to turn over documents and testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The committee’s top Dem, Sen. Dianne Feinstein posted the letter of response from Stone’s attorney Grant Smith, (read it here) in which he said, “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.”
Trump famously said during his race to the White House that “the mob take the Fifth; if you’re innocent, why do you take the Fifth Amendment?”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been eyeing Stone as part of his ongoing investigation into Russian rannygazoo related to the 2016 election. That’s because Stone suggested he knew in advance of WikiLeaks’ October dump of Clinton campaign emails. Stone has denied any advanced knowledge, but that’s after issuing tweets predicting the contents of the emails with noteworthy accuracy, some of which which Stone modestly dismissed as educated guesswork.
One day before Stone took the Fifth, Trump tweeted, mob-ily, “Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’,” of Stone’s boast he will not “make up lies about ‘President Trump’.”
One day before that, Stone told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “There’s no circumstance under which I would testify against the president…because I’d have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up, and I’m not going to do that,” adding, “I’ve had no discussion regarding a pardon.”