Who Directed A Senior Trump Campaign Official To Tell Stone To Get More From Wikileaks?
The Roger Stone indictment does much to fill in the gaps regarding the Trump Campaign’s collusion with Russian meddling in the election. We know that Stone, and his associates, worked deeply with Wikileaks, effectively a Russian actor. We know that Stone did so, regularly giving advance notice of Wikileaks releases to the Trump Campaign. We also know he did so under the direction of the Trump Campaign.
The specific wording in the indictment suggests that direction came directly from Trump. Let’s look at that wording.
STONE was an official on the U.S. presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign”) until in or around August 2015, and maintained regular contact with and publicly supported the Trump Campaign through the 2016 election.
During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Wikileaks and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Wikileaks . . .
By in or around June and July 2016, STONE informed senior Trump Campaign officials that he had information indicating Wikileaks had documents whose release would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. The head of Wikileaks [Julian Assange] was located at all relevant times at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, United Kingdom.
After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Wikileaks, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Wikileaks had regarding the Clinton Campaign. STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Wikileaks.
It’s that’ last paragraph that has sparked so much interest: “a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Wikileaks had regarding the Clinton Campaign.”
Who is the “senior Trump campaign official”? More importantly, who is the person, obviously even higher in the food chain, with the authority to “direct” that senior Trump Campaign official to contact Stone about getting more stolen property from Wikileaks damaging to Clinton?
That is the most important question of all. In a previous post I suggested by innuendo it was Trump. I now do so directly. I admit to relying on ambiguity, but it is the terms not used by Mueller that matter here. The deliberate use of passive voice points the finger at Trump.
In an indictment replete with references to “a senior Trump Campaign official” and “high-ranking Trump Campaign officials,” the direction in this case is not attributed as from a campaign official of any kind. It’s not attributable to anyone, but it is asserted as happening. I think this vagueness is deliberate.
Mueller could have said, “another Trump Campaign official,” or a “more senior Trump Campaign official.” He did not say anything like that, and I find that fact telling.
If I am correct, Stone’s collusion with Russia agent Wikileaks was at the direction of the President of the United States. Sarah Sanders says the Roger Stone indictment has nothing to do the President. I think it does.