"Meanwhile, Roger Stone......claimed to have spoken to Trump over the phone earlier in the week, saying he had urged the president to release a full batch of classified documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.”

“Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified JFK assassination documents,” Stone told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his show Infowars .

The two parted company during Trump’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2015, but Stone remained a vocal backer of Trump and acted as an informal campaign adviser. As the Russia probe gathered momentum in May, Trump denied that he had been in recent contact with Stone, but the political consultant and lobbyist insisted communications were open between them. “

“Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, told Politico Friday that Stone “tells me he talks to the president regularly—and I think Roger Stone has real influence.”