Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked for a transcript of Roger Stone’s closed-door Congressional testimony, a move some say points to potential charges being brought against the longtime political consultant.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller’s team wants a copy of Stone’s testimony as part of its probe of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Legal experts told the Post that Mueller might be preparing to charge Stone, who has been alleged to have maintained a line to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who published emails and documents that were detrimental to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
“That suggests prosecutors are getting ready to bring a charge,” former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told the Post. “Prosecutors can’t bring a charge without an original certified copy of the transcript that shows the witness lied.”
Stone, who has denied any wrongdoing, met with the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017.
“I don’t think any reasonable attorney who looks at it would conclude that I committed perjury, which requires intent and materiality,” Stone told the Post.
The newspaper reported Mueller’s team has an unofficial copy of Stone’s testimony. It would need an official version for use in court.
Stone challenged Mueller’s team to bring forth evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, or at the very least WikiLeaks.
“This has devolved into gotcha word games, perjury traps, and trumped-up process crimes,” Stone said. “I think people can see through the political motivations behind this. Where is the evidence of Russian collusion or WikiLeaks collaboration?”
Stone’s associate Jerome Corsi has also come under fire by Mueller’s team and might be indicted in the coming weeks after he turned down a plea deal. Corsi is accused of having advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ anti-Clinton efforts during the campaign, although he said he relied on his journalistic skill set to ascertain what Assange was planning to do.