Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime confidant and former campaign advisor, has admitted that he was in private communication with one of the Kremlin-connected hacker personas behind the Democratic National Committee email breach last year.
Stone — one of several Trump associates under FBI investigation for potential Russia ties — acknowledged in a lengthy statement Friday evening that he communicated with Guccifer 2.0 in direct Twitter messages last summer.
The statement came in response to a recent Smoking Gun report that suggests Stone might have collaborated with Russian hackers.
U.S. intelligence officials and various cybersecurity firms have concluded that Russian spy agencies created Guccifer 2.0 as an Internet persona for the purpose of helping Trump win the White House.
But Stone blasted claims that he was in contact with Russian officials as “sensational” and “bogus.”
“This is another absurd media claim that is part of the long-standing absurd claim that Donald Trump had anything to do with the Russians,” Stone said.
To bolster his denial, Stone posted screengrabs of his private conversations with Guccifer 2.0.
“Delighted you are reinstated. F–k the State and their MSM lackeys,” Stone wrote in an Aug. 14 message to the hacker persona after its account was reinstated following a temporary suspension amid fallout from the WikiLeaks email dumps that caused repeated embarrassments for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The hacker responded gleefully, thanking Stone for one of his Breitbart News columns ridiculing Democrats for alleging that…