‘Let’s get right to the violence’: Shocking videos showed Trump ally Roger Stone suggesting voters shouldn’t wait for the 2020 election results to be counted because he knew it would be ‘up in the air’
Former President Donald Trump’s original political adviser Roger Stone has been caught on tape making shocking statements in the days before the presidential election. ‘[Expletive] the voting, let’s get right to the violence,’ Stone is heard saying in footage captured by documentary filmmakers Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Frederik Marbell on November 2, which was handed over to the January 6 House select committee and obtained by CNN.
In a second clip, which aired on CNN Monday night, Stone is heard telling the Danish film crew on November 1, two days before the election, that Trump should claim victory before the votes are tallied, something the then-president later did. ‘Let’s just hope we’re celebrating,’ Stone said. ‘I suspect – I really do suspect it’ll still be up in the air. When that happens, the key thing to do is to claim victory. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. No, we won, [expletive] you, sorry, over, we won,’ he continued. ‘You’re wrong, [expletive] you.’
The clips, CNN said, are part of about eight minutes of the documentary, The Storm Foretold, that Guldbrandsen and Marbell handed over to the House January 6 committee after being served a subpoena two months ago. Stone sent a statement to CNN challenging the authenticity of the clips.
‘I challenge the accuracy and the authenticity of these videos and believe they have been manipulated and selectively edited. I also point out that the filmmakers do not have the legal right to use them. How ironic that Kim Kardashian and I are both subjected to computer manipulated videos on the same day,’ Stone said. Pictured: Stone watches as the Capitol is breached on January 6, 2021, in the documentary A Storm Foretold.
‘The excerpts you provided below prove nothing, certainly they do not prove I had anything to do with the events of January 6th. That being said, it clearly shows I advocated for lawful congressional and judicial options,’ he added. In the November 2 clip, Stone’s face isn’t shown. He’s also heard saying, ‘Shoot to kill. See an Antifa, shoot to kill. Done with this b.s.,’ from inside a moving vehicle.
CNN said the footage was captured as Stone left a campaign event with Georgia Rep. Doug Collins (pictured), who was campaigning for Georgia’s Senate seat in a special election against Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Republican chosen to fill the seat, and Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The race went to a run-off with Warnock winning in January, a day before the Capitol attack. Photos from November 2 show Collins and Stone together at an event in Buford, Georgia.
In the November 1 clip, Stone’s face is shown. Guldbrandsen and Marbell had access to Stone for about three years. Committee investigators traveled to Denmark to look through the duo’s footage, with CNN’s Don Lemon reporting that the filmmakers told him the committee was looking into Stone’s connections with the right-wing groups, the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.
The filmmakers told Lemon they were not able to establish a connection between Stone, the Trump White House and the groups. The film crew was contacted by the FBI in March, they also told CNN, but have not shared footage with the agency. A number of Oath Keepers and Proud Boys are facing federal charges for the events surrounding January 6.
The House select committee on January 6 will hold its first hearing of the fall on Wednesday. Committee member, Rep. Jamie Raskin, hinted over the weekend that Stone’s connections to extremist groups could be a focus. ‘Stay tuned,’ Raskin said at the Texas Tribune festival. ‘He’s someone who I think saw where things were going.’
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