Longtime Republican political operative Roger Stone is gearing up for battle with special counsel Robert Mueller after a number of witnesses appeared before a grand jury to be questioned about their relationship with Stone during critical moments of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sources tell ABC News that Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, quietly expanded his legal team in recent months, hiring prestigious Florida attorney Bruce Rogow, who will be Stone’s lead attorney on all matters related to the office of the special counsel and all constitutional matters, such as first amendment issues that may arise.
In the past, Rogow has represented President Donald Trump’s golf club interests in a handful of civil matters out of Florida over the past 20 years. His over 50-year career in litigation includes eleven cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Mr. Robert Buschel and I welcome the presence of someone with Mr. Rogow’s stature and gravitas,” another Stone lawyer, Grant Smith, told ABC News of Rogow joining he and Buschel on the Stone legal team.l.
Stone’s legal team claimed last month Roger Stone voluntarily took two polygraph tests, which they claim will show Stone passing with flying colors on a spectrum of key issues covering areas of interest in the Mueller probe related to Stone.
The two polygraph tests, paid for by Stone’s legal team, were administered by Slattery Associates Inc. in Florida.
According to the Department of Justice, both the Federal Rules of Evidence and U.S. Code do not have a specific provision about the admissibility of polygraph test results in a trial.
The questions included whether Stone communicated with Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential election and whether he ever discussed at any time the stolen information from Wikileaks and with Donald Trump during that time, all to which Stone replied, “no.
“I suggested a polygraph in order to pin down the veracity of Roger’s positions on the investigation by the special counsel with regard to Julian Assange and Wikileaks,” Rogow has said publicly. “I have great confidence in the polygraph examiner, to whom I sent Mr. Stone.”