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Roger Stone Pleads 5th to Every Question Posed by 1/6 Panel, Calls Probe 'Witch Hunt 3.0'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 12/17/2021 Alexandra Hutzler
Roger Stone, a former adviser and confidante to former U.S. President Donald Trump, addressed reporters in front of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building after his deposition before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol on December 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. During the deposition, Stone, who was pardoned by President Trump before leaving office, plead the Fifth Amendment when he was questioned. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Roger Stone, a former adviser and confidante to former U.S. President Donald Trump, addressed reporters in front of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building after his deposition before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol on December 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. During the deposition, Stone, who was pardoned by President Trump before leaving office, plead the Fifth Amendment when he was questioned.

Roger Stone told reporters that he pleaded the Fifth Amendment for every question posed to him by the congressional panel investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump, was called in Friday for a deposition before the House select committee. The longtime Republican political consultant was subpoenaed in late November.

"I did invoke my Fifth Amendment rights to every question not because I have done anything wrong but because I am fully aware of the House Democrats' long history of fabricating perjury charges on the basis of comments that are innocuous, immaterial or irrelevant," he told reporters.

Stone was convicted in November 2019 of seven felonies, including lying to Congress, but he received a last-minute pardon from Trump.

Stone said Friday that he didn't trust the legitimacy of the probe, criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting the Republicans that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested sit on the committee. Instead, Pelosi chose GOP Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger—whom Stone referred to as "anti-Trump Republicans"—for the panel.

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"This is witch hunt 3.0," he said.

After exiting the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building, where the deposition took place, Stone flashed his well-known Richard Nixon victory sign.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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