Roger Stone: I Will Not Bear False Witness Against President Trump

By Melanie Arter | January 25, 2019 | 1:22pm EST
Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s friend and former Trump campaign official (Screenshot)

( – A smiling Roger Stone – President Donald Trump’s friend and former Trump campaign official - emerged from a Florida courthouse Friday, raising both arms and holding up two fingers on each hand in a move reminiscent of former President Richard Nixon.

As reported, Stone was arrested overnight after a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted him on seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding; five counts of false statements; and one count of witness tampering.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Stone’s attorney said the way Stone’s arrest was handled “was completely unnecessary,” and he pledged to defend and win the case.

“You know that Roger Stone has always spoken for himself. He’s never been shy about telling his story. He is innocent. We’re going to defend this case, and we’re going to win this case, but let me start out by saying that the spectacle this morning was completely unnecessary.

“Everyone knows where Roger Stone is. He’s not in hiding. The spectacle this morning with the SWAT team breaking into his house, searching the house, scaring his wife, scaring his dogs, completely unnecessary. A telephone call would have done the job, and Mr. Stone would have appeared,” Stone’s attorney said.

Stone took to the microphone amid boos and cheers of “Lock him up.”

“As I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. After a two-year inquisition, the charges today relate in no way to Russian collusion, collaboration, or anything other illegal act in connection with the 2016 campaign,” he said.


“I am falsely accused of making false statements during my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. That is incorrect. Any error I made in my testimony would be both immaterial and without intent. I find it disturbing that the special counsel’s office released a press release prior to informing my attorneys that I would be charged today,” Stone said.

Stone also criticized the handling of his arrest.

“This morning at the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with their lights flashing when they could simply have contacted my attorneys, and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily. They terrorized my wife, my dogs. I was taken to the FBI facility. Although I must say the FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous,” he said.

Stone said he would “plead not guilty” to the charges against him and would not testify against the president, because he would “have to bear false witness against him.”

“I will plead not guilty to these charges. I will defeat them in court. I believe this is a politically motivated investigation. I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors, and as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever in which I will bear false witness against the president. Nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated,” he said.

When asked whether he in any way cooperated with the special counsel’s office, Stone said, “Since I was not contacted prior to the charges today, and my lawyers have not talked to the special prosecutors, I don’t want to address that question, but I have made it clear I will not testify against the president, because I would have to bear false witness against him.”

As to whether he will work with prosecutors, Stone said he would address that question when he appears for arraignment in D.C. next week.

“I intend to tell the truth. I have told the truth through this entire proceeding, and I will prove that in a court of law,” he said.

Asked how strong his allegiance is to Trump, Stone said, “I am one of his oldest friends. I am a fervent supporter of the president. I think he is doing a great job of making America great again.”

Stone denied that anyone in the Trump campaign told him to contact Wikileaks.

“If you are convicted, do you think the president will pardon you?” a reporter asked.

“The only person I have advocated a pardon for is Marcus Garvey,” Stone said.

When asked whether he in any way worked with the Russians to help the president, Stone said, “Categorically not. No, absolutely not.”

He added that he hadn’t had a chance to read the indictment although his attorney read it.


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