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House Russia investigators interview John Podesta


John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, met behind closed doors Tuesday with members of the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's investigation into Russia's efforts to meddle in the presidential election.

"With John Podesta appearing before the committee, I do feel it is essential that I have the opportunity to rebut his serial lies", he told Politico in an email.

"Roger Stone has been maligned by innuendo and misinformation regarding all of the events surrounding this investigation", an attorney for Mr. The Post reported that intelligence agencies told the then-president in July 2016 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered the officials to attempt to influence the election to aid Trump's victory.

Stephanopoulos asked Stone about a tweet he sent on August 21, which read, "Trust me, it will soon be Podesta's time in the barrel". "I know my client looks forward to his testimony".

According to The Hill, the committee interviewed Podesta as part of its probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

He talked in March about being in touch with "Guccifer 2.0" - the hacker persona that USA intelligence officials say is a Russian front for channeling stolen documents but who Stone insists is not a Moscow asset - and boasted during the campaign about his contact with WikiLeaks.

"Trust me, it will soon be Podesta's time in the barrel", the tweet read.

Podesta's personal email account was hacked and emails were published by WikiLeaks during the campaign.

But the Podesta emails also led to the rise of a stunning series of fake news reports, which falsely alleged that Clinton and Podesta were running a child sex-trafficking ring out of a Washington pizzeria through coded messages falsely alleged to have been in his emails. In a January 6 report, USA intelligence agencies said they believed that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the emails.

Stone has previously been involved in a number of election campaigns, usually for Republican candidates.