New questions are arising surrounding Roger Stone, a controversial longtime informal adviser to President Donald Trump, and his alleged interactions with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange along the campaign trail, after the Wall Street Journal reported this week on emails he sent to a campaign aide in August 2016.
The emails seem to indicate Stone was meeting with Assange during the campaign — he told Trump aide Sam Nunberg he “dined” with “new pal Julian Assange last nite” on August 4 during the election season — despite his denials to the Journal and other reporters. Stone has since said he was joking about meeting with Stone in his emails, and claimed not to have spoken with him throughout the campaign.
However, Stone took to the conspiracy theorist platform InfoWars the same day he emailed Nunberg to share his views on Assange and WikiLeaks, CNN reported Wednesday.
Roger Stone, on the day he sent an email claiming he dined with Julian Assange, also predicted that “devastating” WikiLeaks documents about the Clinton Foundation would be disclosed https://t.co/XIgQa1UTEm pic.twitter.com/Fa3MRwKG1n
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 4, 2018
“The Clinton campaign narrative that the Russians favor Donald Trump and the Russians are leaking this information, this is inoculation because as you said earlier, they know what is coming and it is devastating,” Stone said at the time. “I think Julian Assange has that proof and I think he is going to furnish it for the American people.”
The comments on InfoWars arrived the day after Stone told Nunberg he was dining with the founder of WikiLeaks, which dumped numerous troves of email documents undermining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Democratic campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly questioned Stone over his alleged interactions with Assange, as well as the email he sent to Nunberg during the campaign, according to the Wall Street Journal.
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) April 4, 2018
Stone told the Journal it’s physically impossible for him to have met with Assange — who is currently residing at the Ecuadorian embassy in London while under asylum — in August 2016, since he was in the process of traveling between Miami and Los Angeles. The Journal was unable to independently verify whether Stone was actually on any of the flights he provided bookings for, citing the airline’s customer privacy policies. He continues to maintain that story, telling One America News Network reporter Trey Yingst, “At the end of the day it’s not what you said you did, it’s what you did.”
I spoke with Roger Stone this afternoon about the email saying he dined with Assange.
"At the end of the day it's not what you said you did, it's what you did," Stone told me.
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) April 2, 2018
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