Trump associates to talk to House panel in Russian Federation inquiry

Stone Releases His Opening Statement Before House Intel Committee Appearance

Stone Releases His Opening Statement Before House Intel Committee Appearance

Mr. Stone's prepared statement presents him as a veteran of "slash and burn" political discourse caught up in a partisan and unsubstantiated smear campaign by members of the committee and the news media.

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former staffer Boris Epshteyn will talk to the House panel.

He also accused the committee of cowardice because he was not allowed to testify in an open forum.

The famed political operative known as a "dirty trickster" goes on to write, "There is one "trick" that is not in my bag and that is treason".

Mr. Stone wrote on Twitter on Monday that he also meant to release a statement after Tuesday's session.

The House panel is one of the main congressional committees investigating allegations that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the 2016 USA election and probing whether any Trump associates colluded with Moscow. He said he wanted the transcript of his interview to be released on the conclusion of his meeting with the committee.

"Note, that my Tweet of August 21, 2016, makes no mention, whatsoever, of Mr. Podesta's email, but does accurately predict that the Podesta brothers' business activities in Russian Federation with the oligarchs around Putin, their uranium deal, their bank deal, and their Gazprom deal, would come under public scrutiny", Stone says in the statement.

One example is ranking member Adam Schiff's comments in a hearing asking, "Is it a coincidence that Roger Stone predicted that John Podesta would be a victim of a Russian hack and have his private emails published, and did so even before Mr. Podesta himself was fully aware that [his] private emails would be exposed?"

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the election to boost Trump's chances of defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.