‘Let’s get right to the violence’: New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day

An exclusive interview with the filmmakers will air Monday at 10 p.m. ET on Don Lemon Tonight.


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The day before the 2020 election, Roger Stone, the longtime Republican activist and ally of former President Donald Trump, told a documentary crew that he had no interest in waiting to count the actual votes before contesting the election results.

“Fuck the vote, let’s get straight to the violence,” Stone can be heard saying, according to footage provided by a Danish documentary crew and made available to CNN.

The clip is one of several footage obtained by CNN, which the filmmakers also shared with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The filmmakers told CNN that they agreed to share certain clips with the committee after a subpoena for the footage was signed by the committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, and sent to the filmmakers about two months ago in Copenhagen had been delivered.

Filmmakers Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Frederik Marbell followed Stone for periods of about three years for their documentary.

Footage shared with the committee could be included at his upcoming hearing later this week. Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, publicly suggested over the weekend that the panel hear more about the connection between Stone and domestic extremist groups, as well as efforts to secure Trump in power after the attack on the US Capitol and his progress to keep revealing threats to democracy.

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“Stay tuned in,” Raskin said at the Texas Tribune Festival when asked about Stone’s possible ties to the Capitol riots.

“He’s someone who I think has seen where things are going,” Raskin said.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, the filmmakers said the committee appears interested in footage that focuses on Stone’s relationship with the White House and also his alleged ties to the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. The filmmakers said they were unable to connect Stone, these groups, and the White House.

Members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys face multiple charges – including seditious conspiracy – over their actions during the Capitol riots.

The trial of several Oath Keepers, including their leader Stewart Rhodes, begins Tuesday with jury selection.

When the panel’s investigators traveled to Denmark to view documentary footage of Stone, they agreed with the filmmakers to share 8 minutes of video footage of interest to the panel and as part of its investigation. Politico first reported on this trip in August.

The film crew was also contacted by the FBI in March and has not shared any footage with federal investigators, the filmmakers said. The FBI did not issue a subpoena to the crew, they said.

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In a second clip from the documentary, also available to CNN, Stone said Trump should early claim victory on election night 2020.

“I really suspect it’s still up in the air. When that happens, the most important thing is to get the win. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, no, we won,” Stone said on November 1, 2020, according to footage.

In another clip, filmed a week after Jan. 6, Stone criticized the White House Office for what he described as arguing that Trump denied Stone and others their alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the election can proactively pardon.

“I think the President is for it. The obstacles are these — are these lily yellow, weak knees, bureaucrats in the White House office and now they need to be put down for telling the President something that isn’t true,” Stone says in the clip.

Stone disputed the authenticity of the footage.

“I question the accuracy and authenticity of these videos and believe they may have been manipulated and selectively edited. I also point out that the filmmakers do not have the right to use them. How ironic that Kim Kardashian and I were both exposed to computer manipulated video on the same day,” Stone said in a statement to CNN.

“The excerpts you have provided below do not prove anything, certainly do not prove that I had anything to do with the events of January 6th. That being said, it clearly demonstrates that I have championed legitimate congressional and judicial options,” he added.

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It’s unclear what the committee may have uncovered, but there are some basic details that are known about Stone’s whereabouts and involvement in the events surrounding January 6th.

On January 5, the day before the attack on the Capitol, members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers provided security for Stone during a rally that day, including driving him around in a golf cart.

Stone also had ties to the Proud Boys, a right-wing group known for street violence, and was caught reciting the group’s creed in a video released by the House Select Committee.

According to former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the committee this summer, on the night before Jan. 6, Trump urged then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to ask Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn what would happen on January 6th.

Hutchinson testified that Meadows called Stone and Flynn that night and tried to go to Washington’s Willard Hotel, where Trump supporters – including Stone – had set up a “war room.”

Stone, who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, has not been charged with a felony in connection with the attack on the Capitol.