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Politics Roger Stone trial to resume with focus on Trump campaign and WikiLeaks

17:20  12 november  2019
17:20  12 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Criminal trial for longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone expected to begin this week

  Criminal trial for longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone expected to begin this week The trial of Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative and onetime campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, is expected to begin in Washington, D.C. federal court this week. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In January, former special counsel Robert Mueller indicted Stone on five counts of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of justice in connection to Mueller's probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S.

The federal trial of political trickster Roger Stone is set to resume Tuesday as former Trump campaign staffer Rick Gates is expected to testify for the prosecution and the focus returns to calls Stone made to members of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump ’s election operation.

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, revealed on Friday the most direct link yet between parallel efforts by the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election using Democratic Party material stolen by Russians.

The federal trial of self-described dirty trickster Roger Stone is set to resume Tuesday as former Trump campaign staffer Rick Gates is expected to testify for the prosecution and the focus returns to calls Stone made to members of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election operation.

Stephen K. Bannon sitting in front of a building: Stephen K.  Bannon, former chief strategist for President Trump, outside federal court in Washington on Friday. © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News Stephen K. Bannon, former chief strategist for President Trump, outside federal court in Washington on Friday.

Former Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon told the federal jury in Washington last week that Stone was seen as an “access point” to WikiLeaks, with knowledge about the release of hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But Bannon said he never asked Stone to contact WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, nor was he aware of anyone else on the campaign reaching out to the anti-secrecy group.

Roger Stone leaves jury selection because of food poisoning

  Roger Stone leaves jury selection because of food poisoning Another man had to be stretchered out of the proceedings after appearing to suffer a seizure.The selection of the jury continued without Stone present, but because of the earlier delay stemming from the separate medical emergency, it is unlikely jury selection will be completed Tuesday. More than 80 prospective jurors arrived at federal district court in Washington, D.C., to potentially take part in the trial.

Roger Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who alleges that the longtime Donald Trump associate sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump 's opponents while in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials.

Roger Stone was in communication with at least one senior Trump campaign official about upcoming WikiLeaks disclosures during the 2016 presidential race

Stone, 67, has pleaded not guilty to lying to Congress about his efforts to learn more about WikiLeaks’ releases that could harm Trump’s political rival Clinton and to tampering with a witness also called by Congress by trying to get him not to contradict Stone’s testimony.

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According to Stone’s indictment, “a senior Trump Campaign official” who has not been named in the trial was directed to contact Stone about future WikiLeaks releases after an initial release of hacked Democratic emails. Prosecutors in opening statements last week told the jury they will hear at trial from Gates, who was Trump’s deputy campaign manager as the releases occurred.

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone

  Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to testify against Roger Stone in his trial for lying to Congress, federal prosecutors said in court Wednesday. © Manuel Balce Ceneta/APIn his opening statement, prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said he also plans to call Rick Gates, another former top aide to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, to testify at Stone's trial. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The former campaign CEO testifies that Roger Stone boasted about his ties to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, alerting them to pending new batches of damaging emails.

The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand tells CBSN the longtime Trump confidante had direct communications with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign , despite the

Gates has been a cooperating witness in proceedings that grew from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s now concluded probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a court filing Monday, prosecutors asked that a judge set sentencing for Gates in mid-December, a sign his cooperation may be drawing to a close after his 2018 plea, in one of the Mueller investigation’s spin offs, to conspiracy and lying to the FBI about his work about six years earlier for a political party in Ukraine.

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Steve Bannon testifies for prosecution at Roger Stone trial

  Steve Bannon testifies for prosecution at Roger Stone trial Steve Bannon, who served as chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, told jurors Friday he saw Roger Stone as "an access point" to WikiLeaks, which later released hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. Bannon appeared as reluctant witness in Stone's criminal trial in federal court under subpoena and said he otherwise would not have taken the stand. Stone, a colorful politicalBannon appeared as reluctant witness in Stone's criminal trial in federal court under subpoena and said he otherwise would not have taken the stand.

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has twice proven to have correct insights about upcoming news events. Stone also denied having contacted anyone within the Trump campaign about his conversations with his intermediary.

Stephen Bannon, President Trump ’s former White House adviser and campaign CEO, testified in court on Friday that the campaign saw Roger Stone “I think it was generally believed that the access point or potential access point to WikiLeaks was Roger Stone ,” Bannon testified at Stone ’s criminal trial .

Gates worked with the Trump campaign until Election Day and joined the inaugural committee.

The central finding of Mueller’s investigation is that Moscow had a primary role in sweeping and systemic cyberinterference in the 2016 campaign, including stealing and releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman.

On a timeline shown the first day of trial, former FBI agent Michelle Taylor highlighted a series of calls on the phones of Gates, Trump and Stone in late July 2016. The calls — whose content is not known to investigators, Taylor said — came during the same week Stone emailed campaign chairman Paul Manafort that he had an idea to “save Trump’s a--” and as Stone allegedly was emailing an acquaintance for help in making an approach in London to Assange to ask about any upcoming WikiLeaks dumps.

Manafort was convicted last year on unrelated financial crimes and is in prison.

The witness Stone is accused of trying to intimidate — radio host and comedian Randy Credico — testified for two days last week about his conversations with Stone regarding WikiLeaks and the pressure his old friend put on him to stonewall the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe. Stone, Credico testified, made him his “patsy” by threatening his reputation and that of a close friend.

Closing arguments underway in Roger Stone trial

  Closing arguments underway in Roger Stone trial WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments began Wednesday in Roger Stone’s federal trial on charges he lied to Congress. A veteran Republican political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Stone was indicted in January as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian electoral tampering. He is accused of lying to lawmakers about his attempts to communicate with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House Intelligence Committee investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

Roger Stone was in communication with at least one senior Trump campaign official about upcoming WikiLeaks disclosures during the 2016 presidential race, Stone revealed Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump ’s campaign viewed Roger Stone as an “access point” to WikiLeaks and tried to use him Stone , a longtime Trump confidant and conservative operative who has a tattoo of former president Richard Nixon’s face on his Stone ’s trial is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

“I can’t work on his level,” Credico testified. “He plays hardball; he throws a lot of junk, and I didn’t want to get hit.”

Ultimately Credico refused to testify before Congress, invoking his Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

Roger Stone arrives with his wife, Nydia, for the continuation of his criminal trial at U.S. District Court in Washington on November 12, 2019. © Yuri Gripas Roger Stone arrives with his wife, Nydia, for the continuation of his criminal trial at U.S. District Court in Washington on November 12, 2019. Stone’s lies and Credico’s silence, Taylor testified in the trial before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, kept the House committee from being able to contradict Stone’s claim that he had no records of communications with WikiLeaks.

Through his attorneys. Stone has argued that he did not intend to lie to Congress and that the supposed contacts with WikiLeaks they were investigating amounted to “made up stuff” among a pack of braggarts, including Stone.

Under cross-examination, Bannon confirmed that the WikiLeaks emails were “not a high priority” for him.

Before WikiLeaks’ release of emails in October 2016, the strategist added, he expected the impact of a disclosure to be “marginally helpful” in “hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.”

Spencer S. Hsu contributed to this report


Trump ally Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress, witness tampering .
Roger Stone, a longtime friend and confidant of President Donald Trump, was found guilty of lying to Congress by a jury in federal court in Washington, D.C. Stone, 67, a self-described political trickster, was charged with lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. He had pleaded not guilty in the case.A 12-member jury, comprising nine women and three men, began their deliberations Thursday morning on the seventh day of Stone's trial began in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.© Provided by CNBC LLC Roger Stone, a former adviser to U.S.

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