- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump, on Thursday denied having regular contacts with the Russians during last year’s campaign.

“Categorically, positively not,” Mr. Stone said on NBC’s “Today” program when asked if he had regular contact with Russian officials during the election.

“I have no Russian clients. I was not in touch with anyone in Russia. I was not talking [to] anybody I believed to be an intermediary for the Russians,” he said.

In a story saying Trump associates were in contact with Russian officials during last year’s campaign, The New York Times reported this week that the FBI has “closely examined” Mr. Stone and Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

Mr. Stone said he hasn’t heard from law enforcement, including the FBI.

Mr. Page said on “PBS Newshour” this week that he had no meetings with Russian officials last year.

“I might have said hello to a few people as they were walking by me at my graduation — the graduation speech that I gave in July, but no meetings,” he said.

Mr. Page also said he hasn’t been questioned by anyone in the FBI but that he would “love” the opportunity to speak to the U.S. Senate.

“I have offered to a few of the senators to speak with them and maybe offer them some realistic views of actually what’s happening in the world,” he said. “There’s a great level of ignorance.”

Two others named in the article were former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who said he never knowingly spoke to Russian intelligence officers, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned as National Security Adviser this week after misleading the administration about his talks with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. after the election.

Mr. Flynn told the Daily Caller this week that he didn’t cross any lines in his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed,” he said.

Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that Mr. Flynn’s access to classified information was being suspended pending a review — a move The Associated Press described as a standard administrative action when questions come up about someone’s compliance with security clearance directives.

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