Senators Ask Roger Stone to Keep Any Russian Documents

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Manafort was being targeted for blackmail by Ukrainians who claimed to have proof that the embattled campaign manager received $12.7 million in cash payments from the campaign organization of pro-Russian former Ukraine Pres. Viktor Yanukovych.

The committee, now probing how Kremlin-linked adversaries targeted the US Democratic Party, highlighted in a testimony on 20 March a number of suspicious links between Stone, the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, a suspected Russian front.

In October 2016, Stone had told a news channel that he had "back-channel communications" with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the release of thousands of emails stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

"Trust me, it will soon be Podesta's time in the barrel", he warned on 27 August.

Stone says the auto he was riding in was "T-boned" by a large, gray four-door vehicle with a tinted windshield. Comey did not provide any details.

"It's only fair that I have a chance to respond 2 any smears or half truths about alleged "Collusion with Russians" from 2day's Intel Hearing", Stone tweeted.

Friday, the committee officially scheduled the hearing for March 30.

The hearing was most noteworthy for the statements from FBI James Comey, who confirmed his agency has probes underway into alleged Russian election meddling. Democrats are convinced that there is circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing in need of deeper investigation - including with Stone.

The Trump campaign ditched Manafort and replaced him as campaign manager with Kellyanne Conway late last summer when questions came to light regarding his shady business connections in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Roger Stone, the flamboyant political adviser who has been connected to Donald Trump for years, to preserve any records he might have that could be related to the panel's investigation into Russian actions targeting the US election, Stone confirmed to CNN.

Last week, Stone hired two lawyers to assist him in answering the charges.

Stone also told anchor Matt Lauer that he had not been approached by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other government or congressional agency concerning a possible probe, including one involving Russia's hacking into the Democratic National Committee and other party operatives past year.

Any suggestion otherwise, he told CNN, is "a fabrication".

Stone told CNN he would like to testify before the committees investigating the allegations of Russian ties so long as it is in public.

"I am anxious to rebut allegations that I had any improper or nefarious contact with any agent of the Russian state based on facts, not misleading and salacious headlines", he said, according to the report.

'I am willing to appear voluntarily if the committee isn't looking for the headline of issuing a subpoena'.