You guys remember Rick Gates, right?
Courtesy of WaPo:
Roger Stone was the linchpin of a months-long effort by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to discover damaging information on Hillary Clinton to be released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, an effort that began before the hack of Democratic emails was publicly known, Stone’s trial has shown.
Testimony over four days ending Tuesday also revealed engagement by Trump and top aides in making use of Stone’s claims that he knew emails detrimental to Clinton’s campaign would be released.
The trial in federal court in Washington turns on accusations that Stone lied to Congress about his attempts to learn more about what WikiLeaks would publish and when it would do so. But some testimony also raises questions about the president’s written assertions under oath that he did not recall being aware of communications between Stone and WikiLeaks or recall any conversations about WikiLeaks between Stone and members of his campaign.
Rick Gates, who served as Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, testified Tuesday that Stone began discussing Clinton leaks with the campaign in April 2016 and that from May onward Gates understood Stone to be the campaign’s intermediary with WikiLeaks. By July 2016, Gates testified, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was updating Trump and others regularly and directed Gates to keep following up with Stone. After Trump ended one phone call from Stone at the end of that month, Gates testified, the future president said to Gates that “more information would be coming.”
So wait, Trump lied to Mueller?
Shocked, that’s what I am, shocked!
But wait, there’s more:
In a July 22 conversation after WikiLeaks released emails from inside the Democratic National Committee, Gates testified, Stone told Manafort that “additional information would be coming out down the road.” Gates was with Manafort, who had Stone on speakerphone.
“Manafort thought that would be great,” Gates testified.
Gates said Stone also asked for contact information for Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and political director Jim Murphy to brief them on the Democratic emails, which U.S. authorities concluded were hacked by Russia.
After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in July that he had more Clinton emails “pending publication,” Gates said Manafort told him to stay in touch with Stone about future releases. Manafort, Gates testified, “would be updating other people on the campaign, including the candidate.”
Keep in mind that during this same time Trump himself was pushing back on the evidence that the Russians were behind the hacking of the DNC, and yet still remained open to receiving the information that they stole in the hopes that it would help him politically.
In other words he was not only trying to benefit from what they obtained, but also working to protect them from sanctions or retaliations by the US.
Kind of sounds like a quid pro quo, don’t ya think?