Prosecutor: he was communicating with the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks' plans every chance he got. Roger Stone knew that if this information came out, it would look really bad for his longtime associate Donald Trump, so he lied to the committee.
Roger Stone told five categories of lies before the committee. He lied about the identity of his intermediary or go-between with WikiLeaks that he was publicly bragging about in August of 2016. He lied about asking his intermediary to get WikiLeaks to do things for him in 2016.
He lied about telling the Trump campaign about his conversations with the intermediary. He lied about his written communications with the intermediary, and he lied about his other written communications about Assange.
Roger Stone's longtime associate Donald Trump is running for president of the United States. Back in 2015, Mr. Stone was employed with the Trump campaign. By this time, July 2016, he is no longer employed with the Trump campaign, but he is talking regularly with the highest
levels of the campaign: Deputy Chairman Rick Gates; CEO Steve Bannon; Campaign Manager Paul Manafort; and even the candidate himself. So when this Twitter message comes out, Roger Stone sees a chance help the Trump campaign and he jumps at it.
June 14, 2016, on the day that the DNC announces that they have been hacked and they think it was the Russians. On the day that announcement comes out, Roger Stone has a phone conversation with the candidate, Donald Trump.
Again on June 30th, on the day that Guccifer 2.0, the entity that claimed credit for the hack, comes out and praises Donald Trump in a WordPress post, Stone has another phone conversation with Donald Trump.
One hour before Roger Stone sends this email to Jerome Corsi, "Malloch should see Assange," Roger Stone has a phone conversation first with Rick Gates, and then with the candidate, Donald Trump.
Remember, Gates testified, he said: Mr. Trump and I are in a car. It's a Suburban. We're going from Trump Tower to LaGuardia Airport. He said: I'm sitting diagonally. This is really like two and a half rows not three rows. I'm sitting diagonal from him.
He says: Candidate Trump has a phone call. Gates says: I can hear it's Roger Stone's voice on the other end of the phone. Trump hangs up the phone, and within 30 seconds, Trump says to Gates: More information is coming.
So when WikiLeaks finally does release more emails on October 7, who asks for credit? Roger Stone. And who gets the credit? Roger Stone. All of this evidence shows that Stone was discussing his conversations with the intermediary, with people involved in the Trump campaign.
Is that what Stone tells the committee? No. He lies again. Why is Stone lying about this? Ladies and gentlemen, Roger Stone is a political strategist. He knows how this is going to look.
A committee of the United States House of Representatives is examining whether the Russians were involved in the WikiLeaks releases, and here is Stone giving the campaign inside information on those releases over and over again. This is going to look terrible for Trump.
And Stone is worried that what he says and does in the hearing is going to reflect back on the president.
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials.
The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.”