Roger Stone Admits Meeting With Russian Who Promised Damaging Clinton Info

Giuliani doubts Trump knew about Roger Stone’s meeting with Russian

Following a blockbuster report that Roger Stone spoke with a Russian national who promised dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for $2 million back in 2016, the Trump confidante tried to set the record straight on his own website - and then asked for money to pay his legal bills saying he is nearly broke.

Stone and Caputo said in separate interviews that they did not disclose the Greenberg meeting during testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence because they had forgotten about an incident that Stone calls unimportant "due diligence" that would have been "political malpractice" not to explore. The plan was for Stone to vet the information Greenberg was offering.

The meeting was arranged by Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo, according to the Post's report, and took place in May 2016 in Sunny Isles, Fla.

Neither Stone nor Caputo disclosed the meeting when they met with congressional investigators in recent months.

Halper flew Papadopoulos to London to discuss the offer and, during a meeting, asked him if he knew about "emails" that Russians had about Clinton. There, he approached Caputo's business partner, Sergey Petrushin, and said he had information helpful to the Trump Campaign. Greenberg also denied asking Stone for money in exchange for Alexei's information.

"This whole thing that you're coming out with at this convenient time two years later, the whole thing you're doing smacks of something like John Dean and the Nixon cover-up", Matthews said of the excuses while interviewing Caputo Monday.

Caputo's attorney on Friday sent a letter amending his House testimony, and he plans to present Caputo's account of the Greenberg incident to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Justice, which has announced it is examining the FBI's use of informants during the Russian Federation probe. But Trump and several administration officials have claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation interfered or infiltrated his presidential campaign.

Greenberg, who the Post said sometimes went by the name Henry Oknyansky, had difficulties with the American immigration system, and spent two years in the custody of immigration services before returning to Russian Federation.

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Stone said Sunday he forgot, and his lawyer has since sent a letter to amend his testimony.

"I spent my time in front of the committee detailing the fact that I had no contact with Russians, that I never heard of anyone with the Trump campaign talking with Russians, that I was never asked questions about my time in Russia, that I never even spoke to anyone about Russia, that I never heard the word 'Russia, ' and we did not use Russian dressing", he said in July.

"I didn't talk to anybody who was identifiably Russian during the two-year run-up to this campaign", Stone told The Post in April 2017. Vacco said he has hired private investigators who turned up information about Greenberg.

Trump and his allies have said the meetings were inconsequential, and there was no collusion.

Giuliani made the same point on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked about the Stone-Greenberg meeting in the broader context of other contacts between Russians and campaign officials during the 2016 campaign.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he doubts Trump knew about Stone's meeting. "2016 was a pretty busy year", Stone told ABC News. But Greenberg said he was accompanied by a Ukrainian friend he identified only as Alexei, who he said had been fired from a job with the Clinton Foundation, a global charitable organization founded by Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

A news release from Caputo following the Post story states that in his meeting with the Special Counsel's Office, he "noted the Mueller team knew far more than he did about the Greenberg approach".

Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has actively promoted the notion that there were anti-Trump spies planted in the campaign, and released no statement responding to the Greenberg episode.

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