Trump adviser Roger Stone fears that a "suspicious hit and run" incident in Miami meant someone was targeting him

The former Nixon adviser says "somebody doesn’t want me to testify," but isn't sure who

By Matthew Rozsa
Published March 16, 2017 3:37PM (EDT)
Roger Stone   (AP/Mary Altaffer)
Roger Stone (AP/Mary Altaffer)

Roger Stone, the adviser to President Donald Trump accused of working with Russia during the 2016 election — a charge he vehemently denies — says that a recent hit-and-run incident that injured him as "suspicious."

"After hitting the car I was sitting in the passenger side at the front door, the driver of the car that hit us put it in reverse and then drove away at a high speed," Stone told Salon. "The number from the paper tag on their car which was taken down by a witness turned out to be a fake. The windshield and windows of the car were so darkly tinted that you could not see who was at the wheel. Coming on the same day that house committee called on me to testify, I find the entire incident suspicious."

Stone added, "I am more than anxious to testify before the house committee that I have had no contact with the Russian state and that my limited contacts with Guccifer 2.0 were innocuous in content and came only after hacking of the DNC documents which is the crime we are accused of colluding on. Impossible."

Although the Broward Sheriff's Office report confirming the crash did not mention Stone as a passenger in the vehicle, Stone told Jim DeFede of WFOR-TV that it was because he left the scene after realizing a deputy was not being imminently dispatched. The report confirmed that no one was dispatched until 11:56 AM, more than an after the crash occurred at 10:45 AM, and one of the witnesses to the accident confirmed seeing a man matching Stone's description talking on his cell phone after the incident.

"You could make the case that the Russians want to off me because they do not want me to testify because it would show their hand. That would be obvious," Stone told the TV station. He added that "it is more likely to some like it to look like the Russians tried to bump me off."

Stone told Salon that he wasn't sure who was behind the wheel, so to speak. "Impossible to say but perhaps someone who does not want me to testify. I am more than ready to do so."

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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