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President Donald Trump played a role in Roger Stone’s effort to prod WikiLeaks to release damaging emails for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race, federal prosecutors argued Wednesday in an extraordinary act of defiance toward the White House.

During opening statements at Stone’s trial for lying to Congress in Washington, D.C., the prosecution — which ultimately answers to Trump — stopped short of accusing the president of a crime, but alleged he was in direct contact with Stone as the political provocateur sought information about the release of hacked emails.

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The prosecution also bluntly alleged that Stone’s motive in covering up his activities was to benefit Trump and his campaign as they went on to win the White House. Stone is also facing charges that he tampered with a witness in the congressional probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

It was a remarkable start to what is expected to be a spectacle-heavy trial. Jurors were also told on Wednesday that the trial will feature Trumpworld characters like Steve Bannon, the ex-Trump campaign adviser and later a top White House aide, who was in touch with Stone during the 2016 election. Bannon initially fought a subpoena for his testimony but recently relented and will appear

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/06/roger-stone-trial-defense-strategy-066638

From the prosecution's opening statement:

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“We are here today because one man obstructed a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Zelinsky, a veteran of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, at the outset of the government’s opening statement. “The defendant, Roger Stone, repeatedly lied under oath to a Congressional Committee and then tampered with a witness to cover up his tracks.”

 

 

 

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Gwynbleidd

Good.  I dislike Roger Stone with a passion. 

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resident Donald Trump may have played a more significant role in his campaign's effort to leverage Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle than previously known, according to phone records introduced in federal court Wednesday.

The calls were reportedly disclosed by prosecutors on the first day of arguments in the criminal trial of Roger Stone, a longtime associate and informal adviser to the president, who faces charges of lying to federal investigators about his efforts to connect with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors said Stone spoke to Trump six times during the summer of 2016, including on the day the Democratic National Committee announced it was hacked. The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian intelligence officers released tens of thousands of emails stolen from Democrats to WikiLeaks, which were disseminated at critical points during the campaign cycle in an attempt to boost Trump's campaign and hurt his rival: Hillary Clinton.

"The phone records are the first concrete suggestion that Trump may have had a direct role in his campaign’s effort to benefit from Russia's hidden hand in the election,"

https://www.salon.com/2019/11/07/evidence-in-stone-case-trump-may-have-had-direct-role-in-teams-leverage-of-russian-interference/

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In a federal courtroom in Washington, DC, Thursday, jurors heard Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) as he questioned Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump. Quigley wanted to know how Stone had communicated with an intermediary who, Stone claimed, had in 2016 helped him learn what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was planning to do with stolen Democratic emails.
 
“Over the phone,” Stone responded. 
 
“Did you have any other means of communicating with the intermediary?” Quigley asked.
 
“No,” Stone said.
 
The back-and-forth came from an audio recording of Stone’s interview with the House Intelligence Committee on September 26, 2017. Stone, prosecutors argued Thursday, was lying. Under questioning from a government lawyer, former FBI agent Michelle Taylor testified that Stone had exchanged 72 written communications—texts and emails—on the very day of his House testimony with Randy Credico, the former radio host and comedian. After initially refusing to name him, Stone told the committee in October 2017 that Credico was his intermediary with WikiLeaks. Between June 2016 and September 2017, Stone and Credico exchanged thousands of messages, according to a chart presented by prosecutors Thursday. That includes 253 messages in October 2016, the month WikiLeaks began publishing emails stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. 
 
The Stone-Quigley exchange was one of five audio clips prosecutors played on Thursday in which Stone denied having written records of his contacts with his intermediary, having text messages related to the hacked Democratic emails, possessing messages related to Julian Assange, or having other records relevant to the committee’s investigation into Russian interference.
 
In addition, prosecutors say Stone’s claim that Credico was his main backchannel to Assange was itself a lie. In fact, Jerome Corsi—a right-wing conspiracy theorist who worked with Stone to help Trump in 2016—provided Stone with what Corsi said was inside information on Assange’s plans weeks before Credico shared other information about WikiLeaks. Stone also had written communications with Corsi that he failed to turn over to the committee.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/11/roger-stones-trial-is-going-very-badly-for-roger-stone/

I'll be amazed if Stone doesn't get prison for this.

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Prosecutors have unveiled evidence of Roger Stone urging a witness in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation not to testify through a series of threats and incendiary messages.

The texts were shown during the Republican operative’s criminal trial that kicked off this week. Mr Stone, who was arrested earlier this year, is charged with witness tampering, obstructing justice and lying to congressional investigators. He denies all the charges.

In a text message to Randy Credico, a radio host, Mr Stone wrote: “You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends-run your mouth my lawyers are dying Rip you to shreds.”

He added: “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive].” 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/roger-stone-messages-death-threats-randy-credico-witness-trump-mueller-julian-assange-wikileaks-a9194111.html

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RoofGardener

Prediction: the trial will produce LOTS of "evidence" who's sole purpose is to be leaked to the media to discredit President Trump. 

But at the end of it, NONE of it will be corroborated. This is going to be Mueller all over again :) 

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(CNN)Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in court on Friday that he and the Trump campaign viewed Roger Stone, a longtime Donald Trump associate, as an access point to WikiLeaks, the organization that leaked stolen emails that were damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Bannon said that during the Trump 2016 campaign, Stone "implied" that WikiLeaks had materials that would help Donald Trump and possibly hurt Hillary Clinton's chance at the presidency.
With his 40-minute testimony, Bannon became the most high-profile witness to testify at Stone's trial. He made clear in his testimony and to reporters as he left the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, that he was only appearing because he had been compelled to by a subpoena. Bannon's testimony marks the start in the case of federal prosecutors beginning to tie Trump and his campaign to trying to use WikiLeaks to their advantage.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/08/politics/bannon-stone-wikileaks-court/

10 hours ago, RoofGardener said:

Prediction: the trial will produce LOTS of "evidence" who's sole purpose is to be leaked to the media to discredit President Trump. 

But at the end of it, NONE of it will be corroborated. This is going to be Mueller all over again :) 

The trial is public. There will be no leaking because there are reporters there witnessing it.

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1 minute ago, ExpandMyMind said:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/08/politics/bannon-stone-wikileaks-court/

The trial is public. There will be no leaking because there are reporters there witnessing it.

Yes but what do you think those pesky reporters will do after witnessing things ------- yeah you got it, leak it to the press :)

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Agent0range

Trump being questioned in the Rose Garden today. 

"Roger who?  Never heard of him.  Never even met the guy."

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