Roger Stone a focus at Comey Russia hearing

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The Senate intelligence committee says it will hold a hearing at the end of the month on its investigation into Russian activities during last year's presidential election.

Despite not being at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing, the former President Trump campaign adviser's name came up a couple of times.

"Director Comey, are you aware that Roger Stone played a role in the Trump campaign?"

Comey's answer was the same for both questions: "I'm not going to talk about any particular person here today, Mr. Schiff". USA intelligence officials believe Guccifer 2.0 to be a front for Russian intelligence.

On Sunday, during an interview on "Facing South Florida", Stone anticipated these attacks and said he has done nothing wrong and the evidence is all circumstantial.

"This is does not constitute collusion", he said. Comey did not provide any details.

Long-time Donald Trump consigliere, Roger Stone, has officially denied allegations that he colluded with a Russian agent in the hacking of Clinton campaign emails.

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During the hearing, Stone tweeted that he hopes to testify before the intelligence committee to respond to the "smears" and "half truths" he claims have been launched against him.

The hearing is created to shed light on the state of FBI investigations into the extent of Russian meddling in the election campaign. "I had dinner with him last Monday".

Asked about Stone at a White House briefing Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged that Trump has known him for a long time but didn't believe the two had spoken "any time recently".

In a series of questions posed to FBI Director James Comey, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff repeatedly referenced some of Stone's public statements during the campaign, specifically his contact with the hacker "Guccifer 2.0", who has claimed responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee previous year.

Comey refused to comment on Stone or whether he is a part of the investigation into alleged Russian hacking.

Any suggestion otherwise, he told CNN, is "a fabrication".

Republican committee Chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner said the hearing will focus on ways that Russian Federation works to influence election campaigns and public opinion.

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