Trump Questions Who Tipped Off CNN to Be at Stone Arrest

Minnie Murray
January 29, 2019

Stone, a longtime Republican strategist and ally of the president, was indicted on seven charges Friday as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation.

They include former close associates of Trump such as his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, as well as 12 Russian intelligence officers.

Trump has also taken an aggressive stance toward the criminal justice system in light of the criminal charges against Stone, which focused on allegations that Stone had lied to Congress. He said he's had "zero" conversations with the president during or since the 2016 campaign about Russian Federation or the Mueller investigation.

Trump made a more serious albeit ultimately unsuccessful run for the White House in 2000, but it wasn't until Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015 that Stone began to see his decadeslong push to put Trump in the White House within reach.

Former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade said that if Trump gave the direction, it could be evidence the president participated in a conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering with the fair administration of elections.

Mueller's indictment alleges that Stone informed senior Trump campaign aides as early as June or July 2016 that he knew WikiLeaks had obtained documents damaging to Hillary Clinton.

"Absolutely, positively not", Stone claimed.

The indictment referred to an October 2016 email from a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official" asking Stone to inquire about future releases of emails by "Organization 1". The publication exposed that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral to its candidates, developed an animus against Bernie Sanders.

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Russian military officials sourced the stolen emails published by WikiLeaks, including Democratic National Committee dumped in late July 2016, and messages belonging to John Podesta, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton's campaign, leaked in the weeks prior to Mr. Trump's victory that fall, according to USA intelligence officials.

The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that emails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Corsi, who was in Europe at the time, responded to Stone in an email on August 2: "Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps".

One pounded on the door and said, "FBI, open the door", the USA cable network says.

Stone responded that "Organisation 1" would release "a load every week going forward".

Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017.

"It's clear that Mueller's work is not yet done", Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee, said in a separate interview on ABC. Stone testified before the House Intelligence Committee on September 26, 2017.

"I don't recall that Roger ever said that he was under instructions from anyone in the campaign" to contact WikiLeaks, Corsi said. "Not to my knowledge".

According to special counsel, Stone had dozens of text messages pertinent to that inquiry when he made that statement. The latter has also been indicted by Robert Mueller.

After the committee contacted Credico for testimony, Stone attempted to persuade Credico to either claim not to remember specific facts or to assert the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Plead the Fifth. Anything to save the plan.' ...

Credico thought Stone had no one to blame but himself.

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