Dan Abrams: Stone Indictment Shows That Mueller ‘Believes Trump Campaign Knew’ Details About Podesta Hack
ABC News legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams says the arrest of Roger Stone shows Robert Mueller is convinced that President Donald Trump‘s campaign had some kind of forewarning about the hacks against their 2016 election opponents.
Stone, a former Trump adviser and recurring subject of interest for the Russia probe, was arrested overnight for charges including obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. A portion of Stone’s indictment suggests that several of the charges against him pertain to his apparent connection to WikiLeaks while they were releasing stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and then later from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta .
“This is the first indictment where it becomes clear that the special counsel believes that the Trump campaign knew about the hacks before this material was made public,” Abrams said as he discussed this with George Stephanopoulos.
“Remember, one of the key charges in this case so far is of the Russians engaged in the hacks. This is related to Wikileaks and the key phrases, I think from this indictment, are that a senior Trump official was directed to contact stone about additional releases and about future release.”
As Abrams pored through the details of the charges, he assessed that the most important question was “who was [Stone] talking to before anything was released?”
“If you want to talk to lying about conversations you had with people in the Trump campaign after this was released, that’s very different in terms of the big picture than who in the Trump campaign knew that this stuff existed before it was released.”
While WikiLeaks released the stolen DNC information in July, Julian Assange said in August that they had more. It wasn’t until October that they finally released the Podesta hacked documents. So the question now is exactly what, in anything, did the Trump Campaign know about the Podesta information before it was released?
Abrams added, “The most important point, to me, is who was he talking to before anything was released? If you want to talk about…lying about conversations you had with people in the Trump campaign after this was released, that’s very different, in terms of the big picture, than: Who in the Trump campaign knew that this stuff existed before it was released?”
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