Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime Advisor to President Trump, said on Sunday he was "ready to fight for my life" and to prove his innocence in the case against him by Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III.
Mr. Stone, accused on Friday for obstructing the judiciary, witnessing manipulation and false statements, said to ABC News "This Week" that the exchange of text messages cited in his indictment was misrepresented.
"It has to be seen." related, "Mr. Stone said about his exchange with Randy Credico, a former associate and political gadget. "It's a humorous exchange. They take things out of context to depict them in a light that misrepresents their meaning. I never told Mr. Credico to lie. "
"If you testify, you're a fool," Mr. Stone said in a message to the indictment, adding, "I could never have a right to my 5th Amendment, but you can. I assure you that you are the one to be charged with perjury if you are stupid enough to testify. "
Mr. Stone's legal team said that other texts stated that he and Mr. Credico were having fun before and after, and that he was interrupting the view that Mr. Credico felt threatened.
Stone said he forgot about the exchange with Mr. Credico when he told the house investigators that they did not exist, a statement that was part of the indictment against him.
"I forgot on some occasions that I had text messages emails," said Mr. Stone. "I am human and have made some mistakes, but they are errors that would be irrelevant to this investigation."
Mr. Stone also said that he had never talked to Mr. Trump about WikiLeaks and that they had not talked about pardoning or investigating collusion with Russian officials.
According to the prosecution, a high-ranking official from the Trump campaign sent him information from the group about the thousands of hacked Democratic emails that were detrimental to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
In a tweet over the weekend, Mr. Trump seemed to seek a distance to himself and Mr. Stone, and said that his advisor did so for most of the time in 2016, no work for the campaign.
On Sunday, Mr. Stone did not rule out the possibility of talking to Mr. Müller's investigators.
"If there's a misconduct by other people in the campaign I know, I do not know any, but if there's one, I'd certainly say it honestly," he said.
"I'd be honest about anyone else, too He said, "It is true that we spoke on the phone, but these communications are political in nature, they are benign, and there is – there is certainly no conspiracy with Russia." Stone also admitted that it was unusual for a defendant to go on a media tour immediately, but Mr. Stone, who never shied away from the crowd, said he wanted to emphasize what he called "extraordinary". Tactics and Aggression Calling the FB
"I think the American people need to hear about it," said Mr. Stone, who states that he is 66 years old, has no firearms, and has an expired pa ss.
"I was not a flight risk," he said.