Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says he had brief, unimportant conversations with Guccifer 2.0, one of the hackers who broke into the DNC in last year’s election, ABC reports.
In a conversation with the Washington Times, Stone called the conversations, “completely innocuous” and, “so perfunctory, brief and banal,” that he’d forgotten about them.
U.S. officials claim Guccifer is linked to Russia, and was potentially part of a Russian directive to hack into the DNC in order to help discredit the Democrats and influence the election.
Stone’s connection to Trump and contact with Guccifer, are likely being looked at by the FBI, as well as House and Senate intelligence committees. Other individuals close to Trump whose Russian connections are reportedly being inspected include Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions and of course, Stone.
Trump has repeatedly said he nor his staff had contact with Russia during the campaign.
“I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them,” Stone wrote The Washington Times via email on Thursday.
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