— CanerdianGirl (@CanerdianGirl) November 12, 2019
Per the Washington Post:
The deputy manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign pulled back the curtain Tuesday on the campaign’s keen interest in the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks and suggested that Trump himself had more knowledge of the matter than the president has previously claimed.
Testifying at the trial of Roger Stone — a Trump friend accused of lying about his own WikiLeaks-related dealings — Rick Gates said he overheard a phone call in which Stone seemed to make the president aware of a planned WikiLeaks release. Gates and other witnesses testified that Stone posited himself as something of an intermediary between WikiLeaks and the campaign, with access to insider information.
Gates said his boss, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, had told him that Trump would be kept updated on WikiLeaks’ plans to release Democratic campaign emails — which authorities concluded were hacked by Russia.
The testimony from the former high-ranking campaign official indicates that Trump’s knowledge of WikiLeaks was more advanced than he has previously stated. In written responses last year to questions from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who was investigating Russian meddling in the campaign, Trump said he did not recall receiving any information about WikiLeaks disclosures in advance, being told that Stone “or anyone associated with my campaign” had discussions with WikiLeaks about future leaks, or ever discussing WikiLeaks with Stone…
Asked whether anyone else was giving the campaign information about WikiLeaks, Gates testified on Tuesday that “the only person I’m aware of that had information at that time was Mr. Stone.”
At trial, prosecutors are seeking to prove that Stone lied and sought to obstruct justice, but in pursuing that case, testimony during the past week has revealed a raft of information about the campaign’s attention to WikiLeaks…
Stone, 67, has pleaded not guilty to lying to Congress about his efforts to learn more about WikiLeaks releases that could harm Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 presidential rival, and to tampering with a witness also called by Congress by trying to get him not to contradict Stone’s testimony.Stone’s attorneys argued that his testimony was not actually false because he never “successfully” contacted WikiLeaks, and also argued he did not lie to the committee because he believed WikiLeaks was not relevant to the lawmakers’ investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election…
Gates said campaign officials were pleased, but “in disbelief” after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talked in an interview in June 2016 about leaks that could be damaging to Clinton.
“It was, in a way, a gift,” Gates said…
Roger Stone will not testify. Closing arguments likely tomorrow. More to come.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 12, 2019
Trump denied in writing and under oath to Mueller any recollection of ever discussing WikiLeaks with Stone or being aware of Stone discussing WikiLeaks with the campaign.
Gates testified he was in the car with Trump when he Trump talked to Stone about it. https://t.co/BEUPfCtyk2
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 12, 2019
This is incredibly significant. Not only does it demonstrate that Trump had advance knowledge of Wikileaks releases of hacked emails, it also shows additional witnesses who can confirm that the president gave false written answers to investigators in violation of the law. https://t.co/a6dPhe3pef
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 12, 2019
5/ This testimony was redacted from Mueller report since Stone trial was still to come.
Can it still be credibly claimed the Mueller report presented the full picture of Trump’s knowledge of 2016 Russian interference?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 12, 2019
Pres. Trump likely lied to special counsel Mueller about conversations he had in 2016 regarding WikiLeaks’ plans to release info stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers. That’s the big takeaway from dramatic courtroom testimony that occurred Tuesday in the trial of #RogerStone. https://t.co/bGxGomnnOf
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) November 12, 2019