Unredacted portions of former special adviser Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation were released on Friday following a lawsuit by BuzzFeed News and a non-profit research group.
The newly disclosed parts reveal allegations that Roger Stone informed President Trump and his campaign advisers in advance of an impending document dump that was potentially damaging to Hillary Clinton.
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told federal investigators he heard a phone call in July 2016 between Stone and then-candidate Trump, in which Stone claimed to have spoken with the founder, according to the documents. from WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Stone claimed that the website planned to publish a lot of information but that he “did not know what the contents of the documents were.”
Michael Cohen, former executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special advisor to Donald J. Trump, told the office he recalled an incident in which he was in candidate Trump’s office at Trump Tower when Stone called, “the new, unredacted document reads. .
“Cohen believed the call took place before July 22, 2016, when WikiLeaks released its first installment of Russian-stolen DNC [Democratic National Committee] emails. Stone was logged into the office and placed on speakerphone. Stone then told the candidate that he had just hung up on Julian Assange and that in a few days WikiLeaks would be releasing information. According to Cohen, Stone claimed he did not know what the contents of the documents were and that Trump replied, “Oh, alright, alright,” but showed no further reaction. “
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Stone, however, rebuffed Cohen’s claims in a statement to Fox News.
âMr. Cohen’s claim that he overheard such a phone call between candidate Trump and myself is categorically false,â Stone said. âDespite an intensive effort by Robert Mueller’s dirty cops, no evidence or information corroborative for Cohen’s claim could not be found, including telephone tapes or witnesses. ”
He argued that the allegations “were not new,” saying Trump’s former lawyer made the same statements to the House Oversight Committee in February 2019.
“It should be noted that Mr. Cohen was in the process of negotiating a plea with the special advocate at the time he brought these bogus charges,” Stone said.
BuzzFeed News and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a watchdog group, have filed a complaint claiming the redactions violate freedom of information law. The Justice Department has claimed that information about Stone’s alleged contacts with WikiLeaks was withheld when the 448-page Mueller report was released last year in order to protect criminal cases against the GOP agent and the GOP agent. one of Trump’s closest confidants, said EPIC attorney John Davisson.
On July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks published a trove of 20,000 hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server. Assange first mentioned the email of June 12 of the same year. Cohen testified before a congressional committee last year that Trump knew in advance that WikiLeaks had the damaging emails.
“A lot of people have asked me if Mr. Trump was aware of the publication of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails in advance,” Cohen said in prepared testimony. “The answer is yes.”
Trump has denied being aware of any communication between Stone and former campaign officials Paul Manafort, Rick Gates or Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks or Assange. Gates and Manafort had told agents that Stone had mentioned that something “big” was from WikiLeaks.
After the documents were dumped, Gates told investigators that Manafort “has expressed his enthusiasm” about the release and praised Stone.
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Cohen was released from federal prison last month serving a three-year sentence after being convicted of campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress about Trump’s past dealings with Russia, among others. accusations.
Stone was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this year after his conviction for several crimes, including obstructing a congressional investigation, intimidating witnesses and lying to Congress. He was due to report to jail on June 30 and expressed hope that Trump will forgive him.
Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted about the unredacted sections of the report on Friday evening.
“Stone informed Trump and his campaign in advance of WikiLeaks’ planned publication of Russia’s stolen Clinton emails,” Schiff wrote, adding, “No wonder they kept this under wraps.”
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.