Former Trump deputy campaign chairman confirms that campaign sought stolen data from Wikileaks and that Donald Trump was involved in process.

By |2019-11-13T13:35:34-09:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |13 Comments

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?

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13 Comments

  1. Hudson November 13, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Trump has been very cagey in his lying. It seems he usually says something like: “I can’t recall being aware of… saying or doing …” whatever it is at the moment. But, he does not say outright, “NO, I did not do…..” whatever it was. This phrasing has been pretty consistent when stating his denials — at least it seems so to me. And, I am assuming that when called on it, he thinks that sort of phrasing will be easier to deny even further that he did not lie or did not do whatever he is being accused of — he just couldn’t remember at the moment. And, probably still won’t be able to remember doing or saying such a thing — ever!. Part of his stupid gene, in all likelihood. It is clear he doesn’t remember most of what he says and does ———– part of his sickness, lack of anything truly smart in his head. And, hasn’t he gotten away with just this sort of thing his entire life? Never been held accountable for anything at all. Just an empty vessel of nastiness and self preservation at whatever cost it might be to anyone unlucky enough to have to deal with him. Unfortunately that is now the entire world. Thanks, men and women in the electoral college who failed to do your job to vote to keep this nincompoop out of the office he did not win in the election and was/is clearly unqualified to serve on any dimension you might want to consider.

    • Anonymous November 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      I think he doesn’t remember a lot of what he says because he likes to hear himself talk and his mouth is working way ahead of his brain, very convenient and useful for a reality tv show, but not a president.

    • anonymous November 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Nothing like some hair-on-fire-blood-curdling lies and hyperboleto get the MAGAts all hot and bothered.

  2. anonymous November 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Go and take a gander at the Twitter page of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). The first letter of his most recent 23 tweets spells out: “E-P-S-T-E-I-N D-I-D-N-T K-I-L-L H-I-M-S-E-L-F.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/republican-congressman-hides-epstein-didnt-kill-himself-message-in-tweets-railing-against-impeachment/

    • Oorah! November 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmj9kx/this-beer-says-epstein-didnt-kill-himself-on-the-bottom-of-its-can

      The latest round of memery is courtesy of Tactical OPS Brewing, a California beermaker that has printed “EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF” on the bottom of some of its beer cans.

      VICE has reached out to Tactical OPS for comment. In the meantime, grab those tasteful (???) Epstein cans while they’re still available. The next run of canned brews will be printed with “Happy Birthday Marines” on the bottom. The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps is on 10 November 1775.

  3. anonymous November 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Fox’s Napolitano: GOP Wants to ‘Undermine the Witnesses Rather Than Address the Merits’ Because a Quid Pro Quo ‘Clearly’ Violates Bribery Laws

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/foxs-napolitano-gop-wants-to-undermine-the-witnesses-rather-than-address-the-merits-because-a-quid-pro-quo-clearly-violates-bribery-laws/

  4. анонимный November 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/he-cant-understand-why-what-he-did-is-wrong-george-conway-says-trump-is-incapable-of-being-president/

    “real veterans who remember their oath will support impeachment.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/veteran-ex-trump-supporter-real-veterans-who-remember-their-oath-will-support-impeachment/

    https://www.salon.com/2019/11/13/first-day-of-impeachment-hearings-once-again-all-roads-lead-to-putin/

    First day of impeachment hearings: Once again, all roads lead to Putin
    Day One of hearings makes clear how much Trump’s actions in Ukraine benefited Putin’s designs on that country

  5. TOAD November 13, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/you-should-be-ashamed-devin-nunes-ripped-for-attacking-impeachment-witnesses-in-lie-filled-opening-statement/

    In his opening statement, Rep. Devin Nunes mentions “Steele dossier,” “nude pictures” and “Alexandra Chalupa.”

    “Anyone familiar with the Democrats’ scorched-earth war against President Trump would not be surprised… that this is a carefully orchestrated media smear campaign.”

  6. anonymous November 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    • Anonymous November 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Several days old. And it’s going to th SCOTUS. It might get fast-tracked for a Christmas Present decision.

  7. Anonymous November 13, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/11/roger-stone-trial-closing-statement-truth-matters-movie/

    “Mr. Stone lied to Congress. He obstructed justice and he tampered with a witness, and that matters. And you don’t look at that and you don’t say: ‘So what?’”
    Over the past week, Stone has been on trial for five counts of making false statements to the House Intelligence Committee regarding his communications about WikiLeaks, for obstruction of justice in impeding the panel’s probe, for witness tampering, and for pressuring an associate, comedian Randy Credico, to not give testimony that would contradict Stone’s claims. Stone has pleaded not guilty. Jurors will start deliberating tomorrow.”

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