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The special counsel’s office is investigating a series of calls in which Roger Stone discussed WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging information ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal reports President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser, Roger Stone, is being examined for various 2016 conference calls, where he discussed WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging information against Democrats in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.
Robert Mueller’s office has collected records and interviews of the bi-weekly conference calls, according to Jason Sullivan — a social media specialist who organized the calls on Stone’s behalf.
In one call, Stone claimed to be in touch with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. The audio of that call was turned over to the special counsel’s office in May, according to Sullivan.
In at least two of the conference calls from August 2016, Stone identified himself as “the ultimate political insider.” And in one recording, dated Aug. 4, 2016, Stone can be heard saying:
“In the background of this entire race going forward is the fact that Julian Assange…is going to continue to drop information on the American voters that is going to roil this race […] He has made that very clear.”
WikiLeaks released thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in July 2016. Thousands of additional emails, which were hacked by Russian intelligence officials, were published the month prior to the presidential election in an attempt to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
News of the conference calls being subpoenaed and turned over to Mueller’s team leads many to believe investigators are looking for a direct link to Stone and the associates at WikiLeaks and whether members of Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russian officials to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
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