Roger Stone’s last pre-arrest interview
In the immediate aftermath of Roger Stone’s indictment and arrest on the morning of Friday, January 25, Fox News Media Relations provided a transcript and a link to the video of Stone’s last mainstream media interview before he was taken into custody. The occasion was a five-minute live interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday, January 23. During the conversation with Carlson, Stone complained about the difficult financial straits he finds himself in as a result of the past year of harassment at the hands of the Special Counsel’s investigation of the Trump Administration for alleged Russian collusion. He also continued to protest his innocence in the face of the Federal charges that would soon be filed against him.
Early Friday afternoon, after Stone was freed on $250,000 bail, Fox News announced that he would appear on Tucker Carlson Tonight later this evening, Friday, January 25, between 8-9 P.M. E.T. with a replay between 9-10 P.M. P.T. According to Fox News, “Stone will react to his indictment as part of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.”
Video via Grabien:
Being the subject of a federal investigation, anyone who's been that, can
Roger Stone has learned that lesson. He has not been indicted for anything.
He says though that being investigated by Mueller has pushed him to the
CARLSON: --the - the details of the investigation to the extent they're
publicly known are batted back and forth on TV every day and will have, I
But, as of right now, you have not been indicted or even accused of any
family of being publicly linked to this investigation.
STONE: Sure. First of all, because of the intense censorship of my own show
to be here.
CARLSON: Of course.
STONE: I've been under a two-year microscope, in which every aspect of my
my business life, my political life. And that has been an extremely
At least 12 of my current or former associates have been browbeat by the
been spent. I believe all my emails, text messages, phone calls in 2016 and
since have been scrutinized.
And today, there is still no evidence of Russian collusion, WikiLeaks
collaboration, or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016
This has been financially devastating. The leaks from the General - from
the Special Counsel's Office have devastated my private consulting
business. In December, I lost my health and life insurance, unable to pay
I had to sell my car. It was a 2006, but I had to sell it nonetheless. A
small fund, I had put aside for the college education of my grandchildren,
derived from my book sales, had to be liquidated.
I am this close - I mean, in all honesty, I struggle to pay my lawyers
first and foremost, pay my rent, pay my taxes. It is not a fun existence.
CARLSON: It's - it's unbelievable. I - I don't even - I mean you're in your
60s is my understanding. And you have no money whatsoever. You don't even
STONE: It's very hard to say. You have a runaway Special Prosecutor who is
accountable to no one. The - the House Intelligence Committee Democrats
keep insisting that I have perjured myself. That's a lie. There were lies
told the day I testified.
Adam Schiff said, for example, the FBI did investigate and examine the DNC
servers. But my testimony is both accurate and truthful, but I'm not even
allowed to have a copy of it, Tucker. I'm not even allowed to examine it.
My lawyers can go examine it in a sealed room in Washington. But they're
not allowed to take notes. 4.5 hours of voluntary testimony.
So, as I say, the - the financial cost has been more than a half million
dollars, projected to be substantially more, because I'm being sued by the
Democratic National Committee for non- existent Russian collusion.
I am still being investigated by the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence
Committee. And now, Congressman Schiff is gearing up a new investigation,
still haven't come up with nothing. I have had to rely on a legal defense
It - it is only through the help of good citizens and - and patriots and
supporters of the President that I am able to fend these people off.
STONE: But the most--
the record, you know, they better charge you with the Kennedy assassination
at the end of the day after doing this to you or anybody. That's the point.
I'm not here to defend you personally. I'm here to defend all Americans who
are not indicted against having their lives destroyed by someone who's not
accountable to anybody. It's a total outrage, I think. Anyway, Roger Stone-
Tucker Carlson and Roger Stone, Fox News Channel Jan. 23, 2019
CARLSON: --last word to you.
STONE: It is - certainly. Here's the most important thing, Tucker.
No matter how much pressure they put on me, no matter what they say, I will
not bear false witness against Donald Trump. I will not do what Michael
Cohen has done and make up lies to lease the pressure on myself.
STONE: You know, my God and a great wife and my great family see me through
reversed, and a Democrat was in the White House, and this was happening to
Peter Barry Chowka writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @pchowka