Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday requested a transcript of longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone’s testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The newspaper speculated the document request was “a sign that prosecutors could be moving to charge him with a crime.”
“It is the first time Mueller has formally asked the committee to turn over material the panel has gathered in its investigation of Russian interference of the 2016 campaign, according to the people,” Post reported. “The move suggests that the special counsel is moving to finalize his months-long investigation of Stone — a key part of Mueller’s inquiry into whether anyone in President Trump’s orbit coordinated with the Russians.”
“I don’t think any reasonable attorney who looks at it would conclude that I committed perjury, which requires intent and materiality,” Stone said.
Former assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner disagreed.
“That suggests prosecutors are getting ready to bring a charge,” Kirschner said. “Prosecutors can’t bring a charge without an original certified copy of the transcript that shows the witness lied.”
Democratic members of the committee have been publicly telegraphing that they believe Stone may have committed the crime of lying to Congress.
In March, House Democrats sought a “criminal referral” against Stone.
CNN’s Dana Bash analyzed the importance of Mueller’s move.
“What does this tell us? Perhaps, perhaps that after months of waiting and wondering what is going to happen with Roger Stone — of course, a long-time ally, sometimes adviser of President Trump, then-candidate Trump — that perhaps they are going to make a move inside the special counsel’s office to press charges against Roger Stone, perhaps for lying under oath to members of Congress,” Bash said.