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Roger Stone leaves a courthouse in New York, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Roger Stone has set a date to testify in the House Russia probe


Roger Stone has scheduled July 24 as the date of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, according to his attorney.

Stone, a longstanding ally of President Trump, will appear before the panel during a closed hearing, Robert Buschel told Politico Tuesday.

“We tried really hard,” he said of publicly conducting the hearing, which comes amid the committee’s investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

“They’re done with public,” Bushel added of the Republican-led panel’s response to requests from Stone and his team.

Twitter users on Tuesday voiced interest in Stone’s testimony, which could help clarify the relationship between Russia and Trump’s associates.

Stone told Politico in an email Tuesday that he wants to testify specifically to counter John Podesta’s remarks before the panel.

Podesta, who was 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, testified to the committee Tuesday.

“With John Podesta appearing before the committee I do feel it is essential that I have the opportunity to rebut his serial lies,” Stone said.

“I may not be able to sue a member of Congress but I can sure as hell can sue the f--- out of Podesta,” he added.

“The claim that I had knowledge of the hacking of his email by WikiLeaks in advance is a demonstrable lie.”

Stone admitted in March to having had “completely innocuous” private conversations with a hacker who helped leak information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last year.

Podesta’s hacked emails were leaked to WikiLeaks during the 2016 race, exposing sensitive information about Clinton’s campaign to the public.

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