Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said he asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in an interview Friday with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Stone—who was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress and subsequently pardoned by former President Trump—told reporters as he left the deposition that "I did my civic duty, and I responded as required by law" but that he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on every question, the AP reports. A spokesman for the committee did not have immediate comment on Stone's appearance.
The committee subpoenaed Stone last month, noting that he spoke at rallies on the day before the insurrection and used members of a far-right extremist group, the Oath Keepers, as personal security guards while he was in Washington. Several members of that militia group broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6, along with hundreds of other supporters of Trump, and have been charged with conspiring to block the certification of the vote. Stone is one of several in Trump's inner circle who have refused to answer questions from the committee.
It is unclear if the panel will vote to hold Stone in contempt. The committee's leaders have said that they believe witnesses asserting Fifth Amendment rights should be doing so to avoid self-incrimination. Stone told reporters Friday that he did not believe he did anything wrong, but that he asserted the Fifth because he believes Democrats will conspire against him. The House has already held two of Trump’s top allies—Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows—in contempt for not cooperating. But many more witnesses have cooperated. The panel has done around 300 interviews as it seeks to create a comprehensive record of the attack.
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