President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone was giving the campaign updates on WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates told a jury on Tuesday, according to The Hill.
From the report:
“Gates, who is facing up to ten years in prison under a plea agreement for various fraud charges, testified in Stone’s criminal trial on Tuesday, saying that the longtime Trump associate was telling the campaign about WikiLeaks’ plans as early as April 2016, months before the DNC had announced it was hacked.”
Gates testified that there were high-level campaign meetings to discuss WikiLeaks releases and that there was a “state of happiness” among aides over the damaging information about their rival.
“Any time that you’re in a campaign and damaging information comes out on your competitor, it’s helpful,” he said.
A little over a week after WikiLeaks released the trove of DNC emails on July 22, 2016, Stone had a phone conversation with Trump. Gates told the jury on Tuesday that the candidate “indicated that more information would be coming” after speaking with Stone.
Stone is facing charges of lying to Congress about his role as an intermediary between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign. He has pleaded not guilty.