Roger Stone, a GOP operative and a longtime friend of President Trump, on Monday posted an Instagram video denying an upcoming report saying he told Trump that WikiLeaks was going to release Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.
In the video, Stone says “Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker” is working on a “fake news story” based on the claims of an unnamed source.
“Somebody has been pushing a fake news story, first with the New York Times, then the Washington Post and now with Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker,” Stone says in the video. “Someone is saying that they overheard a conversation in which I told Donald Trump in October of 2016 what exactly would be in the WikiLeaks disclosures and when they would be disclosed.”
“This is categorically false,” he says. “This is exactly the epitome of fake news. Let whoever is pushing this false narrative come forward and say, for the record, with their name on it. They won’t because it is false.”
The Hill added:
Stone on Monday sent out an email to his supporters claiming special counsel Robert Mueller is poised to indict him as part of the ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It has already been reported that Stone was in communication with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that leaked a collection of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election.
Lanny Davis, the attorney of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, had also suggested that then-candidate Trump knew about the hacked DNC emails before they were released, but has since appeared to backtrack on some of those claims.
Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and campaign finance violations, implicating Trump.