Political insider Roger Stone has passed two polygraph tests concerning several issues of interest concerning special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, including whether he communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential election, according to Stone’s legal team.
The questions also included whether he’d discussed stolen information from WikiLeaks and with then-candidate Donald Trump during that time, with Stone replying “no,” reports ABC News.
“I suggested a polygraph in order to pin down the veracity of Roger’s positions on the investigation by the special counsel with regard to Julian Assange and Wikileaks,” Stone’s lead attorney in the Mueller case, Bruce Rogow, told ABC News. “I have great confidence in the polygraph examiner, to whom I sent Mr. Stone.”
Stone’s legal team paid for the tests, which were administered by Slattery Associates Inc. in Florida. ABC News said it could not independently verify the tests’ results, but Stone told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that he believes the tests will prove to Mueller that he had no advance notice of WikiLeaks’ diclosures.
The Federal Rules of Evidence and U.S. Code do not include a specific provision whether polygraph test results are admissible in a trial, according to the Department of Justice, but in many cases, polygraphs are not admitted.
Mueller’s team has brought nearly a dozen witnesses before a grand jury to testify about Stone. They said they were asked about the Trump friend’s dealings during the presidential election, and whether he’d had contact with Assange through an intermediary, a claim Stone denies.
Mueller’s team also wants to examine tapes from conference calls Stone hosted in 2016, during which time he allegedly had made comments about WikiLeaks, according to ABC News.