Roger Stone, who advised President Trump during the early days of his campaign in 2015, on Monday said he wants to respond to "smears" and "half-truths" about his alleged cooperation with Russian Federation that were raised during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
Among the topics covered at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director Jame Comey were several people who had alleged connections to Russian Federation and were also either allies of Trump or members of his campaign at one time.
During a hearing on Russia's election meddling, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) noted that Stone communicated with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that US officials believe is associated with the Russian government and that published stolen Democratic National Committee emails online.
Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol spoke to Stone at his office to give him the opportunity to respond, and he called the allegations of his connection to Russia "McCarthyism".
He also slammed Schiff, saying that he "is engaging in the worst kind of red baiting, fear mongering".More news: Fake Samsung Galaxy S8 made in China costs only $100
Stone, who was a former campaign adviser to Trump, openly admitted to having communication with Guccifer, but also stated Monday that the interaction "does not constitute collusion".
But Stone said that communication was made public, and that it came well after the alleged hacks. "I'm not gonna stop fighting for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLawmakers want Trump commitment to help Iraq post-ISIS Tillerson to skip North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meet, visit Russian Federation: report Trump hits Colin Kaepernick at Kentucky rally MORE, nor are they going to silence me". "I am willing to appear voluntarily if the committee isn't looking for the headline of issuing a subpoena", he said. "Let's see if they can handle the truth". "Thus, one would need a time machine in order to collude", Stone said.
Later, Stone tweeted: "I have total confidence that WikiLeaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon".
Stone, a friend and supporter of Donald Trump, was reportedly in contact with Guccifer 2.0, a persona affiliated with Russia's hacking and interference in the 2016 election.