WASHINGTON — Roger Stone did not cooperate to the liking of Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday, and the members are threatening a subpoena if he fails to answer their questions in the future.
Stone testified in a closed door hearing in Congress Tuesday before members of the intelligence committee in their ongoing investigation to determine the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“There was one significant area of importance to the committee that Mr. Stone was unwilling to answer our questions,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol. “We hope that he will cooperate in the future, if not it will be necessary to subpoena him to bring him back to answer those important questions.”
Schiff declined to comment further, but Stone told reporters in a press conference minutes prior that he did not answer members’ questions regarding who his intermediary was between himself and the Russian government.
“They would like me to do so; I told them that I would consider it. The reason I am not submitting that name is because the intermediary is a journalist and our conversation was off the record. I am an opinion journalist, he is a journalist. I’m not going to burn someone I spoke with off the record,” Stone told reporters.
“If he releases me, if he allows me to release it, I would be happy to give it to the committee. I’d actually be happy to do that,” Stone said.
Stone said the congressional investigation is “an entirely political exercise” to get “maximum coverage to benefit their [Democrats] U.S. Senate campaign, or their reelection.”
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