Former Trump campaign aides Michael Caputo and Roger Stone both say they’re at a loss as to why the testimony of fellow aide Carter Page was released by the House Intelligence Committee, but their testimonies continue to be withheld, even though both men have asked for their transcripts to be made public.
“My request stands. We were told that the secret nature of the briefing was really important to the investigation. And now we see that it’s not. So why my request hasn’t been granted — I’m frankly flummoxed by it,” Caputo told The Washington Examiner.
“We even proposed, you know, as a compromise, that they just agree to publish them unedited the very next day,” Stone said. Caputo and Stone believe that the releasing of the transcripts can prove that the charges against them are false.
“That’s the whole point here, is that they make their aspersions against you in open session. Mark Warner said, ‘Roger Stone works for the Kremlin, we know that.’ No, we don’t know that. But then your chance to rebut comes in a closed session,” Stone stated.
Representative Jackie Speier has blamed Caputo that he lied to the committee. That’s why Caputo now wants the transcript to be released so that he could defend himself. Members of the House Intelligence Committee, among which Democrat Adam Schiff, have said that Stone didn’t fully answer all of the questions. That’s why he might have to return and testify again. That’s also one of the possible reasons why his transcript has not been released.