After being arrested in January of 2019, Roger Stone is finally facing trial on multiple allegations. The lead up to the trial has been tumultuous as the former Trump adviser had a gag order placed on him by Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
The trial, which started earlier this week heated up on Friday with testimonies from both Randy Credico and Steve Bannon. Bannon, who ran Donald Trump’s campaign, connected Roger Stone to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Credico, a radio host who was connected to both Stone and Assange, testified first. Stone is accused of trying to prevent Credico from testifying in front of Congress.
When asked about his refusal to testify, Credico said, “A lot of people played a role. Mr. Stone among them.”
The real star of the show on Friday was Steve Bannon though. The former campaign chairman told the court that he was just there due to a subpoena.
According to Bannon, “He had a relationship, or told me he had a relationship with WikiLeaks. It was something I think he would frequently mention.”
The political strategist continued, “I was led to believe he had a relationship with WikiLeaks and [its founder] Julian Assange.”
Bannon was then asked about an email from Stone that read, “Trump can still win, but time is running out. I know how to win, but it ain’t pretty.” He explained:
“Roger is an expert in the tougher side of politics. When you’re this far behind, you’re going to have to use every tool in the tool box . . . opposition research, dirty tricks, the kind of things campaigns use when you need to make up some ground.”
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