Roger Stone invokes Fifth Amendment in appearance before Jan. 6 committee

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol on Friday questioned Roger Stone under oath about the attack, but the longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump said he didn’t give them any answers.

“I did invoke my Fifth Amendment rights to every question not because I have done anything wrong, but because I am fully aware of the House Democrats’ long history of fabricating perjury charges on the basis of comments that are innocuous, material or irrelevant,” Stone told reporters as he was leaving.

Stone, who has said he was in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 but did not go to the Capitol, has denied any involvement with the violence. His lawyer told the committee in a letter last week that Stone planned on invoking the Fifth Amendment. In the same letter, the lawyer, Grant Smith, said Stone would not appear before the committee or produce any of the documents that had been subpoenaed.

The committee has said Stone was in Washington on Jan. 5 and 6 and had been invited to “lead a march to the Capitol” and that he had “promoted his attendance at the rallies and solicited support to pay for security.”

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