At trial, Roger Stone claims he used to be a player who bought played – The Washington Post
Roger Stone, a political operative and longtime friend of President Trump, told lawmakers he had no records of conversations with anyone about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, according to a recording played for jurors in D.C. federal court.In fact, prosecutors allege, Stone discussed the matter extensively with his own associates and members of the Trump campaign…

Roger Stone, a political operative and longtime friend of President Trump, suggested lawmakers he had no recordsdata of conversations with any individual about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, in step with a recording played for jurors in D.C. federal court docket.

In truth, prosecutors inform, Stone mentioned the subject widely with his non-public friends and participants of the Trump marketing campaign and kept documentation — that investigators grasp in emails and diverse proof.

On the 2nd day of testimony in Stone’s trial in federal court docket in Washington for making fraudulent statements to Congress and gaze tampering, prosecutors on Thursday started to position out some of that paper hurry — evaluating it to Stone’s non-public, recorded phrases to the Dwelling Intelligence Committee.

Assistant U.S. Licensed legitimate Jonathan Kravis zeroed in on Stone’s talks with one particular accomplice of his — extinct discuss point out host Randy Credico — who Stone mentioned he primitive as an intermediary to fetch data on WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked emails that can presumably well be unfavorable to the marketing campaign of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s opponent n 2016.

“On the day that Roger Stone testified to the committee and mentioned his intermediary ‘used to be now now not an electronic mail man’, what number of written communications did Roger Stone grasp with Randy Credico?” Kravis requested an investigator in court docket.

“Seventy-two,” the extinct FBI agent, Michelle Taylor responded, citing Stone’s phone and text recordsdata.

Taylor additionally provided to jurors a chart of Stone’s calls with Trump marketing campaign officers within the 2016 time body, exhibiting 25 calls with marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort, 20 with his deputy, Rick Gates, and two with Trump himself. Taylor favorite investigators weren’t sure what used to be mentioned on the calls.

The trial is the closing case filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation of Russian interference within the 2016 marketing campaign. Mueller and U.S. intelligence agencies grasp asserted that Russia hacked Democrats’ emails and passed them to WikiLeaks so that they might perhaps presumably be published, and investigators had been exploring whether or now now not the Trump marketing campaign, perhaps via Stone, coordinated in that effort.

Whereas the trial is targeted on Stone’s alleged lies to Congress, prosecutors impart Stone used to be motivated by a would favor to guard Trump’s popularity, striking the president on the middle of the complaints. Stone has pleaded now now not guilty.

Stone, a self-professed “soiled trickster” since the 1970s, has stumbled on a defense that takes lend a hand of his unsavory popularity: Don’t deem me or any individual else.

Stone claimed all over 2016 to grasp an intermediary feeding him data on WikiLeaks’ plans to release the hacked emails. Texts and emails from Stone proven in court docket grasp him suggesting that he had two gallop-betweens: conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and Credico, both of whom forewarned Stone of coming dirt on Clinton.

However “it’s made-up stuff,” defense lawyer Bruce S. Rogow has suggested jurors. “Folks had been playing Mr. Stone. He took the bait.”

Roger Stone trial: Who’s who?

Stone “did brag about his potential to prefer a peer at to search out out what used to be occurring,” Rogow had mentioned during his opening assertion Wednesday, but within the raze realized completely what used to be in “the public domain.”

A longtime Trump adviser and political consultant, Stone suggested Trump marketing campaign officers and colleagues that more unfavorable Clinton emails might perhaps presumably well be coming all over the slack summer season and early fall of 2016. When emails belonging to Clinton’s marketing campaign chairman had been released on Oct. 7, an employee of Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon emailed Stone to impart, “Successfully executed.”

Stone, sixty seven, claimed internal data, Rogow mentioned, due to the “he used to be playing others himself” and such claims “play in politics … in newspaper articles, in public.”

Prosecutors grasp counteredthat “the proof in this case will point out Roger Stone lied to the Dwelling Intelligence Committee since the truth looked heinous for the Trump marketing campaign and the truth looked heinous for Donald Trump,” as Aaron Zelinsky, who used to be a member of Mueller’s personnel, suggested the jury of nine girls folks and three men.

On the recording played for jurors Thursday, lawmakers requested Stone straight in regards to the identification of his purported “gallop-between” or “help-channel” to WikiLeaks, pronouncing that particular person veritably is a key gaze to corroborate or contradict Stone’s myth of his interactions with the anti-secrecy neighborhood and andAssange. Stone intiailly refused to reply to — pronouncing that particular person used to be a journalist who had now now not released Stone from a pledge to appreciate his anonymity —even though he later wrote the committee and mentioned the actual person he had mentioned WikiLeaks with used to be Credico.

Rogow, Stone’s lawyer suggested jurors Wednesday that Stone went into the committee thinking he might perhaps presumably well be requested questions about Russia rather than about WikiLeaks. “He goes into this bare, naked,” Rogow mentioned of Stone’s exchanges with Dwelling investigators. “His attain of thinking undermines any argument that he did this in a wide awake, irascible, purposeful attain to deceive the committee.”

What prosecutors labeled a conspiracy to thwart a congressional investigation, Stone’s lawyers framed as meaningless bragging and confusion among a neighborhood of eccentrics.

Stone additionally is accused of making an strive to tamper with a gaze by threatening Credico now now not to contradict him and on Thursday the exchanges with Credico consumed critical of the morning’s testimony.

Taylor, the FBI agent, read a text Stone Stone sent to Credico on Nov. 17, 2017, about how he ought to reply to the committee’s investigation to prefer a peer at to bolster that case.

“Stonewall it, plead the fifth, ticket anything else to set the understanding,” the text read.

Asked by Kravis if Taylor known the phrase, she testified, “it’s a paraphrase of something President Nixon mentioned to [then-white House counsel] John Dean and [attorney general] John Mitchell during the Watergate Investigation.” Stone, who views Nixon as an idol and mentor, has a tattoo of the extinct president on his help.

Kravis additionally requested Taylor to read from a Nov. 28, 2017, text that Stone sent Credico, after Credico used to be subpoenaed, advising Credico to “ticket your frank cannon 10 july (sic) imitation, ‘obvious roger stone this, roger stone that.’”

Stone typed moments later that he used to be relating to Frank Pentangeli, a movie personality from The Godfather Piece II.

On the gaze stand, the extinct FBI agent used to be left to display the cinematic reference. Judge Amy Berman Jackson in motions before trial mentioned the movie clip couldn’t be proven to jurors due to the it could per chance presumably well be prejudicial to Stone but that the transcript might perhaps presumably well be primitive.

Petangeli, the extinct FBI agent mentioned, is speculated to appear as a gaze in a Senate listening to into the Corleone organized crime household, but sees the household’s godfather, Michael Corleone, enter the room with Petangeli’s brother. His demeanor adjustments from cocky to somber.

“When he’s being questioned, Mr. Petangeli is requested his affiliation with the Corleone household, and he says he doesn’t know anything else about it,” Taylor testified.

Prosecutor: Roger Stone lied ‘since the truth looked heinous for Donald Trump’

Stone, Rogow suggested jurors Wednesday, thought he might perhaps presumably well be requested questions about Russia rather than about WikiLeaks. “He goes into this bare, naked,” Rogow mentioned of Stone’s exchanges with Dwelling investigators. “His attain of thinking undermines any argument that he did this in a wide awake, irascible, purposeful attain to deceive the committee.”

What prosecutors labeled a conspiracy to thwart a congressional investigation, Stone’s lawyers framed as meaningless bragging and confusion among a neighborhood of eccentrics.

Stone and Credico had a “unique relationship,” Rogow mentioned, and Credico is “an impressionist.” When Stone suggested Credico to “ticket a Frank Pentangeli” before the committee and feign forgetting data in train now now not to contradict Stone, Rogow in actual fact helpful he used to be merely asking his friend to act out a scene from the 2nd “Godfather” movie.

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