Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone asked WikiLeakers founder Julian Assange to provide him with damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, according to newly obtained emails.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the emails show Stone requesting Randy Credico, a New York radio host who had recently interviewed Assange, ask Assange for emails about Clinton’s alleged role in interfering with a possible 2011 peace deal in Libya when she was secretary of State.
“Please ask Assange for any State or HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30 — particularly on August 20, 2011,” Stone wrote in a September 2016 email to Credico.
Credico initially responded to Stone’s request by saying that if the emails existed they would be on the WikiLeaks site.
“Why do we assume WikiLeaks has released everything they have ???” Stone replied.
Credico later told Stone that the “batch probably coming out in the next drop…I can’t ask them favors every other day .I asked one of his lawyers…they have major legal headaches riggt now..relax.”
He told the Journal that he never passed Stone’s request onto Assange despite telling the adviser otherwise. Credico claims he “got tired” of Stone “bothering” him.
“I never had possession or access to any Clinton emails or records,” Stone told the Journal and added that Credico “provided nothing” to him and that WikiLeaks never provided him with any emails.
The Hill notes:
The Journal noted that the emails raise questions about Stone’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year. He told lawmakers at the time that he “merely wanted confirmation” from an acquaintance that Assange had information on Clinton.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Journal that the committee hadn’t received his email correspondence with Credico.
“If there is such a document, then it would mean that his testimony was either deliberately incomplete or deliberately false,” Schiff said.