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Wed May 15, 2019, 08:50 AM

Rick Gates' Status Report Suggests Trump Will Be a Focus of Roger Stone's Trial

Rick Gatesí Status Report Suggests Trump Will Be a Focus of Roger Stoneís Trial


In addition, Gates seems to have witnessed Trump take a call from Stone at which the then candidateís rat-fucker informed him about the upcoming WikiLeaks releases.

Given all the documentary evidence the government has against Stone, Gatesí testimony is probably not necessary to prove that Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to optimize the WikiLeaks releases. But it may serve several prosecutorial roles.

First, given that Stone was interacting with Trump directly on the WikiLeaks releases, Gatesí (as well as Michael Cohen and even Manafortís, the latter of whom seems to have uncharacteristically told the truth on this to the grand jury) confirmation that such contacts occurred could easily explain Stoneís motive to lie to HPSCI ó which would serve to protect Trump. This is all the more true given how brazenly Trump lied about this point in his sworn answers to Mueller.


Gates will not only help to prove that Trump knew all this was going on, but that the campaign had dedicated resources to make use of Stoneís disclosures.

In addition, the governmentís ability to tie the President directly to this part of the operation will make it harder (though nothing is beyond Trump) to pardon Stone before the trial, even while it will provide incentive to Trump to do so. Trumpís centrality in all this may be one reason William Barr is so aggressively protecting the Stone related disclosures, including with his refusals to share unredacted copies of the report with Congress: because Trumpís documented role in encouraging Stoneís efforts is far stronger than it is in any of the other potential incidences of election tampering.

Finally, all this may change the calculus if and when Julian Assange gets extradited to the US. Trump was asked about ó but refused to answer ó whether he considered a pardon for Assange.

Trumpís lies to Mueller are perhaps best documented as they pertain to WikiLeaks. Using Gates as a witness at Stoneís trial will make the trial an exhibition of the Presidentís lies as much as those of his rat-fucker.

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