A longtime adviser to President Donald Trump says he has been asked by the Senate intelligence committee to retain any documents that could be related to its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Among the topics covered at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director Jame Comey were several people who had alleged connections to Russian Federation and were also either allies of Trump or members of his campaign at one time.
Schiff, the committee's ranking member, asked Comey a series of questions related to Stone, including about his past claims of communications with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTHE MEMO: Five takeaways from Comey's big day FBI investigating Trump-Russia ties Federal Bureau of Investigation probing far-right news sites: report MORE campaign chair John Podesta.
"This is does not constitute collusion", he said.
Further evidence that Stone is of interest to the United States government was released last week as The New York Times (NYT) reported that he had received a formal request to "preserve and retain" all hard copies and electronic messages he had about his alleged links with Russian Federation.
That didn't stop Representative Adam Schiff from pressing on anyway, asking if Comey was aware that Stone has "publicly acknowledged" communicating with Guccifer 2.0.
"To make it clear, I have no relationship with the Russians", Stone said. This one has been manufactured by the intelligence service with a nice assist from [billionaire philanthropist George] Soros and [David] Brock. Around the same time, in October past year, then-president elect Donald Trump proclaimed on the campaign trail: "I love WikiLeaks". I am anxious to go to the committee. "I mean, it's the new McCarthyism, and it's mudslinging". "Let's see if they can handle the truth".
Later, Stone tweeted: "I have total confidence that WikiLeaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon".