18 June 2018Hot off the Press
Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone met with a Russian who offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton for $2 million in 2016, the Washington Post reported on Sunday (local time).
Mr Stone, a well-known lobbyist and strategist who was not a formal member of the Trump Campaign at the time, had previously denied any contact with Russians in connection to the 2016 US Presidential election.
The Russian, identified as Harry Greenberg, was living in Florida at the time, and has a long history working as an informant for the FBI, according to the Post.
Mr Stone told the Post he refused the offer put forward by Mr Greenberg and said to the Russian, “You don’t understand Donald Trump. He doesn’t pay for anything.”
The Washington Post also reported texts between Mr Stone and Michael Caputo, a Trump Campaign communication official.
“How crazy is the Russian?” Mr Caputo wrote. Noting that Mr Greenberg wanted “big” money, Mr Stone replied, “Waste of time.”
Mr Greenberg, also known as Henry Oknyansky, spoke to the Post and gave an account of the meeting similar to that of Mr Stone.
Mr Stone said that he believes it was an attempt to frame him and Mr Caputo.
“If you believe that [Greenberg] took time off from his long career as an FBI informant to reach out to us in his spare time, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell you,” he said.
US President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s State of the Union he knew nothing about the meeting and that he doubted Mr Trump knew either.
Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, Mr Giuliani said: “Roger Stone met – apparently met with them, I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Roger. He’s never talked to the president about it. So where’s the collusion? And he said it was a waste of time. So yeah, sure there was contact as there was in that meeting. But that meeting led to nothing. This led to nothing. So if anything it’s proof there was no collusion.”