Nov 7, 2019

Former Trump campaign officials to testify in Roger Stone trial

Rick Gates, Roger Stone and Steve Bannon. Photos: Brendan Smialowski/AFP, Mark Wilson and Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and ex-Trump campaign chairman Rick Gates — two prominent witnesses in the Russia investigation — are expected to testify at former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone's trial, prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said Wednesday, per AP.

Why it matters: Zelinsky, who worked with former special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe, said Stone tried to cover up his alleged attempts to determine if WikiLeaks had damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reports.

  • Zelinsky accused Stone of concealing emails and texts "that would have exposed" his attempts to pass information from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to senior Trump officials, per the Times.
  • Stone is also accused of repeatedly lying to Congress, witness tampering and blocking the House investigation into whether Trump's campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election, per AP.

Background: Bannon communicated with Stone in Oct. 2016 about Assange's publicly announced plan to release information related to the 2016 presidential election, emails obtained by the New York Times show.

  • WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from the DNC and Clinton's campaign on July 22, 2016.
  • The FBI, CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded in 2017 that Russian intelligence relayed hacked DNC material to WikiLeaks.

Go deeper: Prosecutors accuse Stone of violating gag order with social media posts

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Roger Stone found guilty on all counts

Roger Stone. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

A jury found longtime Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty on seven counts that include obstruction, giving false statements to a House committee and witness tampering on Friday, following the conclusion of a federal trial on charges related to the Mueller investigation.

Context: Stone, 67, was indicted in January. He lied to Congress about his efforts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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House investigating whether Trump lied in written answers to Mueller

Robert Mueller testifiies. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The House is investigating whether President Trump lied in his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller in the wake of new revelations from Roger Stone's trial, CNN reports.

Why it matters: House Democrats had previously suggested in a court filing in September that Trump may have lied, but they drew "new focus" to the allegations during opening arguments Monday in a case involving the Judiciary Committee's request to unseal grand jury materials from the Mueller report, per CNN.

Go deeperArrowNov 18, 2019

Roger Stone arrived with a Bible, left with a conviction

Roger Stone and his wife Nydia Stone arrive at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone held a Bible as he arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington on Friday.

The intrigue: Hours later, the self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" was convicted on all charges — guilty of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering, Reuters reports.

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