Donald Trump associate Roger Stone denies Russia collusion ahead of House visit

Political advisor Roger Stone poses for a portrait following an interview in New York City, U.S., February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTS10VLM
Vastavam web: Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone says there is “not one shred of evidence” that he was involved with Russian interference in the 2016 election.Stone is defending himself in a lengthy statement released ahead of a closed-door appearance before the House intelligence committee today.He has also released a series of supporting documents, including direct messages he exchanged with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into Democratic National Committee email servers.
Stone, a Republican strategist who has known Trump for many years and informally advised him during the 2016 campaign, also denies he had advance knowledge of the leak of former Clinton Campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails and says he never colluded with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”I recognize that those who believe that there was collusion between the Trump camp and the Russian state, now say Stone, ‘MUST HAVE’ been involved, but that is not based on one shred of evidence,” Stone writes. This is nothing more than conjecture, supposition, projection, allegation, and coincidence, none of it proven by evidence or fact.”
Stone is, for the first time, releasing those communications, which he says are “innocuous.” The direct messages on Twitter, exchanged over a monthlong period, show Stone first congratulating Guccifer for being reinstated on Twitter after he was kicked off, and asking that the account retweet a tweet about how the election could be rigged against Trump.Guccifer writes, “I’m pleased to say that u r great man please tell me if I can help u anyhow.” On WikiLeaks, Stone said he was kept apprised of Assange’s plans to release the Podesta emails by a journalist he said served as an “intermediary.” He did not name the journalist.