What possible motivation could he have to lie?

Roger Stone is fighting back (or punching himself in the face – one of those.)

Since Friday, Stone has engaged in a blitz of media interviews, an unusual approach for someone who has been indicted.

Asked what he hopes to gain, Stone said he wanted to draw attention to what he saw as the inappropriate way his arrest took place.

“This was an expensive show of force to try to depict me as public enemy number one, the OG, to attempt to poison the jury pool,” Stone said, using a slang expression that means “original gangster.”

“These are Gestapo tactics,” he said.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) later told ABC that Stone used arguments that are typical for someone accused of white-collar crime.

“I think he’s going to need a much better defense than the one you just heard,” said Schiff, a former federal prosecutor.

Larry Tribe explains why they’re not.

It’s not as if Stone is not the kind of guy who would destroy evidence if he had the chance, now is it.

Politico has more:

In a court filing Thursday, Mueller wrote that he wanted to keep the Stone indictment under wraps until the arrest because of a concern that publicizing the charges “will increase the risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence.” Stone was not persuaded by that logic.

“The idea that a 29-member SWAT team in full tactical gear with assault weapons would surround my house,“ Stone said Sunday, “17 vehicles in my front yard, including two armored vehicles, a helicopter overhead, amphibious vehicles in the back where my house backs on to a canal — that I would open the door looking down the barrel of assault weapons, that I would be frog-marched out front barefooted and handcuffed when they simply could have contacted me, I think people need to know about that.”

Stone said he had posed no flight risk and would not have tampered with evidence critical to the special counsel’s probe before the FBI searched of his residences in South Florida and Manhattan.

Oh well he says so, and he must be telling the truth, because he has such a long history of…lying.

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