UPDATED 7:51 PM PT — Tues. Dec. 4, 2018
Republican political advior and longtime associate to the president, Roger Stone, is declining an invitation to an interview with Senate Democrats, citing his fifth amendment rights.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a letter from Stone’s lawyers Tuesday, saying he “respectfully refuses” to speak or share documents requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Stone’s attorney described the request as “unreasonably broad” and characteristic of a “fishing expedition.”
In April, Stone indicated he would comply with Feinstein’s initial request for documents including any communciations between himself and WikiLeaks founder, Juilian Assange, as well as members of the Trump Campaign. The request is apart of the lawmakers attempts to decipher any links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Feinstein, however, does not have the power to subpeona Stone in order to force a testimony, a power reserved for Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be investigating whether any of the president’s associates had prior knowledge to WikiLeaks plans to release private emails from the account of Hilary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.