ROGER STONE — It was nearly two weeks when Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, said he'd invoke his Fifth Amendment rights instead of cooperating with the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. But in practical terms, he still had to show up and plead the Fifth while sitting down with investigators. Today, as NBC News reported, that's exactly what happened.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol on Friday questioned Roger Stone under oath about the attack, but the longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump said he didn't give them any answers.

Screen Shot 2022-09-01 at 1.07.48 PM

Stone told reporters he was concerned about Democrats “ fabricating perjury charges on the basis of comments that are innocuous, material or irrelevant."  He's also claimed not to have been involved with the violent pro-Trump riots.

Circling back to our earlier coverage, there is a certain symmetry to the circumstances. In December 2018, after two members of Trump's inner circle had already pleaded the Fifth, Republican operative Stone told congressional investigators that he, too, was invoking the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination as lawmakers investigated the Russia scandal.

In December 2021, after two Republican lawyers close to the former president — Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman — pleaded the Fifth as part of the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, Stone is once again doing the same thing.

The decision means there are now three people in the former president's inner circle who have said they'll refuse to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack for fear that their answers may be used against them in possible criminal proceedings.

Roger Joseph Stone, Jr.  (August 27, 1952)  is an American conservative political consultant and lobbyist.   Since the 1970s, Stone has worked on the campaigns of Republican politicians, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole,  George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. In addition to frequently serving as a campaign adviser, Stone was a political lobbyist. In 1980, he co-founded a Washington, D.C.–based lobbying firm with Paul Manafort and Charles R. Black, Jr.

The firm recruited Peter G. Kelly and was renamed Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly in 1984.  During the 1980s, BMSK became a top lobbying firm by leveraging its White House connections to attract high-paying clients, including US corporations and trade associations, as well as foreign governments. By 1990, it was one of the leading lobbyists for American companies and foreign organizations.

A longtime friend of Donald Trump, Stone has been variously described as a "renowned infighter", a “ seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics", a " mendacious windbag", a "veteran Republican strategist”,  and a political fixer.  Over the course of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, Stone promoted a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories. 

 He has described his political modus operandi as "Attack, attack, attack – never defend" and “ Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.”  Stone first suggested Trump run for president in early 1998 while he was Trump's casino business lobbyist in Washington.   The Netflix documentary film Get Me Roger Stone focuses on Stone's past and role in Trump's presidential campaign.

Stone officially left the Trump campaign on August 8, 2015. However, two associates of Stone have said he collaborated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton. Stone and Assange have denied these claims.  Nearly three dozen search warrants were unsealed in April 2020 which revealed contacts between Stone and Assange, and that Stone orchestrated hundreds of fake Facebook accounts and bloggers to run a political influence scheme on social media.

On January 25, 2019, Stone was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in connection with Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation and charged in an indictment with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements. In November 2019, a jury convicted him on all seven felony counts.He was sentenced to 40 months in prison. On July 10, 2020, days before Stone was scheduled to report to prison, Trump commuted his sentence.On August 17, 2020, he dropped the appeal of his convictions. Trump pardoned Stone on December 23, 2020.

STOREI Copyrighted