Roger Stone: I Believe DNC Hack Was an 'Inside Job'
Roger Stone, former adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, testified on Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee on Russian meddling in the election and a massive cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee.
In a statement released before the hearing, Stone denied engaging in any illegal activity and said there is "not one shred of evidence" against him.
"While some may label me a dirty trickster, the members of this committee could not point to any tactic that is outside the accepted norms of what political strategists and consultants do today,” he said in the statement. “I do not engage in any illegal activities on behalf of my clients or the causes in which I support. There is one 'trick' that is not in my bag and that is treason."
After the hearing, Stone spoke to reporters and denied having any involvement in leaking DNC emails, saying he believes it was an "inside job."
"The computer science seems to indicate an inside job, so I don't know whether the DNC was hacked at all, I don't know whether it was hacked by Russians," he said.
Stone, who has admitted that he exchanged private messages with the hacker implicated in the DNC attack, "Gufficer 2.0," said there was nothing to that interaction and insisted he never helped any alleged hacking.
He argued that today's hearing was not a serious exercise, and it was intended to smear him.
"They only allow you to respond behind closed doors, and they won't even allow the release of the transcript. It really puts you at an extraordinarily unfair [disadvantage]," he said.
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