It notes that Stone then continued to pass information along about WikiLeaks and quotes conversations he had with Steve Bannon, who served at the highest level of the campaign and later joined the White House. The indictment alleged a senior Trump campaign official was directed by an unnamed person to make contact with Stone about WikiLeaks releases that could affect the Clinton campaign negatively. Bannon, referred to as a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official", exchanged emails with Stone in October 2016 about WikiLeaks' plans.
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Instead the prosecution mirrors other Mueller cases in alleging cover-ups and deception, accusing Stone of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election. US prosecutors and intelligence agencies say that hackers commissioned by the Russian government were responsible for the theft.
For his part, the president tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"
The email matches an exchange between Bannon and Stone that was published by The New York Times in November of past year. STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1'. In a circus-like atmosphere outside the courthouse, as supporters cheered him on and spectators shouted "Lock Him Up", Stone proclaimed his innocence and predicted his vindication. In May he told NBC's Meet the Press: "It is not inconceivable now that Mr Mueller and his team may seek to conjure up some extraneous crime pertaining to my business, or maybe not even pertaining to the 2016 election". It describes "Organization 1" as an outfit that "had previously posted documents stolen by others from US persons, entities, and the USA government, released tens of thousands of documents stolen from the DNC and the personal email account of the chairman of the USA presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton", and that it is led by an individual who was "located at all relevant times at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London".
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The men passed on much of the information after WikiLeaks began speaking publicly about stolen documents it had but before all had been released. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has also said he kept in communication with Stone during the campaign. Instead it mirrors other Mueller cases in alleging cover-ups and deception, accusing Stone of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a congressional probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election.
They also accused him of trying to interfere with a witness, who was a radio host who Stone had known for more than 10 years and matched the profile of Randy Credico. Credico has denied that he acted as an intermediary. Stone said he quit, citing Trump clashes with the media, namely then-Fox News' Megyn Kelly, which he said distracted from the candidate's message. A process against Richard Nixon was also initiated, but it was interrupted by Nixon's resignation. According to the indictment, Credico initially pushed back against Stone's attempts, telling Stone that his testimony was false and that he should correct it.
How did Roger Stone respond? Court papers said that Stone told the person to "do a "Frank Pentangeli".
Stone isaccused of threatening Credico, including through messages in which he called him "rat" and "stoolie" and accused him of backstabbing his friends. Credico informed the committee on December 12, 2017, that he would not testify and invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege.