Mueller alleges Trump campaign official was 'directed' to ask Roger Stone what WikiLeaks had on Clinton

Mueller alleges Trump campaign official was 'directed' to ask Roger Stone what WikiLeaks had on Clinton
Robert Mueller/Screengrab
Robert Mueller/Screengrab

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump's campaign adviser Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI in Fort Lauderdale on charges of obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering by special counsel Robert Mueller, in connection with his attempts to cover up his involvement in coordinating between the Trump campaign and stolen Democratic Party emails that were published by WikiLeaks.


But that could just be the beginning of the story. Mueller's indictment of Stone suggests he was not an isolated actor, but was working at the direction of a much broader scheme within the Trump campaign.

"After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign," the indictment says. "Stone thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1."

"Organization 1" is almost certainly WikiLeaks. But identity of the "senior Trump Campaign official," and of the person who "directed" this official to use Stone for information about what WikiLeaks was doing is anyone's guess. And the answer could potentially expose even more members of the Trump campaign to criminal liability.

Mueller has spent months investigating Stone, who strongly telegraphed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releases during the 2016 campaign, and has offered wildly inconsistent explanations of how and what he knew.

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