Mar 13, 2018, 1:54 PM ET

Roger Stone: Allegations I met with Assange in 2016 'provably false'

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President Donald Trump's longtime friend and former political adviser Roger Stone said reports that he met with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 are untrue.

"Allegations that I met with Julian Assange in London in 2016, allegation[s] apparently repeated by Sam Nunberg and apparently a second unidentified person are provably false," Stone told ABC News on Tuesday.

Stone's comments come in response to a Washington Post story published on Tuesday reporting that two Stone associates said that the veteran political strategist claimed to have made contact with Assange in 2016, after he had officially left the Trump campaign. The story cites their sources as former Stone associate Sam Nunberg, also a former Trump political adviser, and an unnamed associate.

"Sam Nunberg's conjecture does not create evidence,” Stone told ABC News. “There is no evidence that I participated in or have any knowledge of any collusion with the Russians to affect the 2016 elections.”

It was just last Friday that Nunberg appeared before the grand jury for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian agents and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. This followed Nunberg's earlier media blitz during which he invoked Stone's name repeatedly in a round of televised interviews airing last week.

PHOTO: Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg leaves the U.S. District Courthouse after a day before a grand jury as ordered by special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the campaigns ties to Russian officials, in Washington D.C., March 9, 2018. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg leaves the U.S. District Courthouse after a day before a grand jury as ordered by special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the campaign's ties to Russian officials, in Washington D.C., March 9, 2018.

Stone claims Nunberg misinterpreted an attempt at humor.

"Late one Friday night when I was trying to get [Nunberg] off the phone...[Nunberg] asked if I had plans for the weekend- and I said I was 'flying to London to have dinner with Julian Assange' - a joke and hung up,” Stone explained. “It was jocular and of course provably false via passport record and security video."

"[Nunberg] called me to warn me that Mueller was out to get me three times then told me to admit I told 58 people that I had gone to London...which of course is not true,” he added. “I told one person … who was too intense to figure out it was a joke.”

A decades-long friend of Trump's, Stone is a longtime GOP political operative who worked with Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and partnered with embattled former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort at the outside political consultant firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly beginning throughout the 1980s. Stone served as an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign but left amid controversy in 2015.

In one of Nunberg's back-to-back interviews, he told CNN that Stone was “like a surrogate father to me."

While Stone lauded Nunberg as a talented writer and researcher, he called his former associate "a relentless gossip and yenta" in reference to the Washington Post story on Tuesday.

"In this case, [Nunberg] has done me a disservice," Stone told ABC News. "The claim that I got documents from WikiLeaks and gave them to Donald Trump or anyone in the Trump camp is as false as the certainty that they were hacked by Russians or anyone else. These are lies created by Democrats and some in the media that will be dispelled by the investigation."

PHOTO: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears on the balcony after making an address to the media at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, May 19, 2017.Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears on the balcony after making an address to the media at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, May 19, 2017.

In September, Stone appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for more than three hours as part of the panel's probe into Russian interference in the election.

Afterward, he told reporters that the majority of lawmakers' questions focused on his communications with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into Democratic National Committee email servers.

Stone addressed the controversy surrounding his communication with Guccifer 2.0, explaining that his full exchange with "someone claiming to be a hacker" has been released publicly.

"It is innocuous, banal and based on the timing, content and context certainly doesn't constitute collusion," Stone told ABC News. "No collusion. No hacked e-mail. No discussion of the allegedly hacked e-mail with Donald Trump before, during or after the campaign."

Stone also disputed the notion that communicating with Assange would mean he colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

"The only reason any of this would matter is if Assange is a Russian asset. I reject this claim by our politicized and discredited Intelligence services," he said. "Nonetheless, because I received no allegedly hacked e-mails - or anything else - from WikiLeaks and passed nothing on to Donald Trump, it's immaterial."

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  • Mari Marigold

    He's a traitor to this country and should be brought up on charges of treason.

  • virgillionhere

    It seems this guy was in charge of the collusion operation

  • kritikosman

    He sounds stoned.

  • J W

    They're false he said just ask Devin Nunes.

  • helicohunter

    I just looked up Roger Stone on PolitiFact. Five "pants on fire" lies, 1 false statement, 2 partially true statements, and one mostly true statement. Odds are, he's lying.

  • Lee Thompson

    Well, he can "say" anything. That doesn't mean he's being truthful.

  • ralphpetrillo

    Stone is not his name.

  • CantStoptheSignalM

    I bet the British know if he met Assange...

  • Prophet With Honor

    Passport records? Manafort had at least 10 passports, not all in his real name.

  • Denny hill

    Notice how carefully Roger Stone worded his statement. He said he never "met" with Julian Assange. That doesn't mean he had no contact with him, only that he never physically took a meeting with him in the same room. Mueller will find out.

  • Chuckie M

    I believe him. Ha Ha Ha

  • sixstrings

    if it's provably false then it should be pretty easy to see who is telling the truth and who isn't.

  • Lee Thompson

    Says the man with a "Nixon" tattoo on his back . . .

  • Rettas Vegas

    They ALL will tell on each other, and TrumPutin is the key that ties them ALL together, they are ALL soooo....busted, as is the GOP Congress as they too are ALL complicit to Putin's hacking, NOTHING has been done by them to protect our future elections from Putin & Trump, out they all go in November!
    #GodSpeedMueller!

  • THEFred

    "The only reason any of this would matter is if Assange is a Russian asset..."

    IF?!! What a joke!

  • snake

    Stone is the kind of human sewage you wish didn't exist in this world. He's a natural ally of trump.

  • Birmingham Jail Cell

    And Roger Stone is a 'provable' conservative liar.

  • ellad

    I think we should give Julian Assange the keys to the White House - at least he knows how to find the truth.

  • Nick

    He didn't "meet" Assange...but he did call and text with him.

    So, technically, he's not lying.

  • WhosVoice

    Stone is such a treason weasel. He claimed he didn't have any contact with WikiLeaks, then text messages between him & WikiLeaks were reported in the Atlantic.

    His response: I told you I never had contact with Assange.

    Stone isn't denying he had contact with Assange just that they never met.

  • GoFish

    I think we should give Julian Assange the keys to the White House - at least he knows how to find the truth.

  • LastSecondTakedown

    That's actually pretty funny. But yeah, super easy to prove right or wrong.

  • Red Hawk

    Mueller will find ot