Trump Praises Roger Stone For Refusing Mueller Testimony

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump praised conservative operative Roger Stone for refusing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in a Monday morning tweet.

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Stone has repeatedly declared that he will not “flip” or testify against Trump in any capacity and believes he is being unfairly targeted by Mueller.

“There’s no circumstance under which I would testify against the President because I’d have to bear false witness against him … I’d have to make things up, and I’m not going to do that,” he said Sunday on ABCNews. (RELATED: Bombshell Text Messages Support Roger Stone’s Claim About WikiLeaks Backchannel)

Trump continued in a broadside against Mueller’s team saying:

Trump’s tweet quickly drew speculation that he may be interfering with potential witnesses or tampering with evidence.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband George, once a candidate for Trump’s solicitor general, referenced a specific part of the U.S. code, which reads, “Whoever … corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be [guilty of an offense].”

Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal concurred with Conway, noting, “This is genuinely looking like witness tampering. DOJ (at least with a nonfake [sic] AG) prosecutes cases like these all the time. The fact it’s done out in the open is no defense. Trump is genuinely melting down, and no good lawyer can represent him under these circs.”

Stone brushed off such criticism in a statement to The Daily Caller, saying, “Those who said the presidents warm and complementary tweet constitutes witness tampering should be reminded that I have never been contacted by any investigative body And therefore by definition this cannot be true.”