Watch: Roger Stone complains about 'censorship' and says Trump should pardon Julian Assange in unhinged CNN interview
Roger Stone (Screen cap).

Newly-indicted Trump confidante Roger Stone opined about being "not wealthy" in a lengthy interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Friday night.


After first hitting Watergate-era figures John Dean and journalist Carl Bernstein, Stone pivoted away from whether or not he thinks President Donald Trump by discussing his campaign to get Julian Assange pardoned.

"I've never had any discussion with [the president] or communication with him regarding [a pardon]," the Trump associate said. "I have no idea what he might do. The only persons that I have recommended a pardon for is, I wrote a number of op-eds as to why I think Julian Assange should be pardoned because I believe he is a journalist and I have come out strongly and written the president for a pardon, posthumously, for Marcus Garvey."

Cuomo pressed, asking Stone if he'd accept a pardon — but the indicted Trump adviser wouldn't budge.

"I don't expect to be convicted," Stone said, "so I'm not going to address it. I don't address hypothetical questions, as you know."

The host then asked Stone how he's been getting his current "jam."

"I believe in god," the president's longtime associate said. "I know what I have and have not done. I have a great wife and family that support me."

"I have to raise $2 million because I'm not a wealthy man and the legal expenses so far have been very damaging and very devastating, plus the censorship of my radio show on Infowars," he added. "The censorship of my Facebook page has made the selling of my books more difficult. So I have to raise a lot of money to defend myself."

Such legal fees are "typical," Stone said.

"We saw this with [indicted former Trump national security adviser] Gen. Mike Flynn," he said, "where the legal expenses are such that you end up pleading guilty to a crime that you did not commit. I don't intend to do that."

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