(CNSNews.com) - The Washington Post on Sunday published a story about longtime Trump associate Roger Stone recalling a May 2016 meeting with a man calling himself Henry Greenberg -- a man with a heavy Russian accent who offered Stone money in exchange for political dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Stone, appearing on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" on Sunday, said he didn't remember the 20-minute exchange "because it was so ridiculous," but he now believes it was an FBI sting operation:
"Now, knowing Mr. Greenberg's extensive background as an FBI informant, it is pretty clear to me that this was a sting operation of some kind, an attempt to penetrate the Trump effort and perhaps compromise Donald Trump himself. It turned out to be so innocuous that I didn't recall it, but I have given my entire recollection now to the House intelligence committee and also to the inspector general."
Stone explained that he was asked to meet with Greenberg by Michael Caputo, who was working for the Trump campaign. (The Washington Post reported that Caputo set up the meeting after Greenberg approached Caputo’s Russian-immigrant business partner.)
Stone explained how it happened:
Mr. Caputo, a longtime associate of mine, asked me to meet with a gentleman by the name of Henry Greenberg, turns out that that's not his real name, because he said he had information that he wanted to pass on to the Trump campaign.
I met with Mr. Greenburg, who has now been revealed to be a longtime FBI informant, and he told me that he wanted $2 million for unspecified information.
Needless to say, I declined. I said I didn't have $2 million, and even if I did, I wouldn't use it to buy political information. He laughed and said, 'Well it's not your money I want, it's Donald Trump's.' I said, you really don't understand -- Donald Trump doesn't pay for political information.
I have reported this meeting, now that Mr. Caputo has refreshed my memory, to the House intelligence committee. It was a 20-minute exchange. Even Mr. Greenburg in the Washington Post confirms that there was no transaction and that I declined.
Stone said he didn't remember the meeting until the Office of Special Counsel raised the issue with Caputo, and Caputo then reminded him.
Stone said Greenberg showed up "wearing a MAGA hat and a Trump t-shirt. He makes this offer, I decline, nothing inappropriate happened here, and I have now refreshed my memory and informed the committee."
Stone, pointing to reports about FBI informant Steven Halper and the Strzok-Page text messages, said: "Very clearly, the FBI or at least some subset of it was working against the Trump election, was trying to penetrate the Trump campaign. I think this was a sting effort.
"At the time, I thought it was just a clumsy effort to get money and I declined. But in all honesty, this was a 20-minute exchange that I did not recall because it was so ridiculous."