Trump adviser Roger Stone says he won’t be ‘punching bag’ in Russia probe

President Donald Trump‘s longtime confidant Roger Stone denied allegations of collusion with Russia during the presidential campaign, in a statement he prepared for a closed-door appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

In the more than 40-page statement, posted by WikiLeaks, Stone says he had no prior knowledge about the hacking of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta‘s email or the release of those emails by WikiLeaks, despite tweeting about Podesta’s “time in the barrel” before the messages appeared online.

Stone criticizes members of the committee — including Adam Schiff of California, the panel’s top Democrat, and Jackie Speier, another California Democrat — for making “provably false statements” about him and calls on the committee to release a transcript of the interview.

“I will not let myself be a punching bag for people with ill intentions or political motives,” he says. “I will expose the truth in every forum and on every platform available to me.”

The panel, which is investigating Russian efforts to influence the presidential election and allegations of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, has conducted most of its interviews behind closed doors and has not released any transcripts.

Stone questions the U.S. intelligence community’s review of Russian efforts to influence the election and intelligence agencies’ assessment of Russia’s role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee‘s and Podesta’s emails.

Stone briefly held a formal role on Trump’s presidential campaign. He has known Trump for 40 years and urged him to run for president for decades.

Arriving on Capitol Hill with his attorneys Tuesday morning, Stone told reporters he felt “excellent.”

He said he planned to tell the committee “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Stone is among several former campaign operatives the House Intelligence Committee has sought to question. The panel has met with…

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