Within days of then-candidate Donald Trump publicly asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email during the 2016 presidential campaign, far-right conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi emailed Trump associate Roger Stone saying WikiLeaks was planning to release two more batches of emails.
The very next day, Stone spoke with Trump on the phone — but he claims the topic of WikiLeaks was never broached.
Corsi, in announcing this week that he had refused a plea deal from the special counsel, released a draft of the plea document that outlined an email from Corsi to Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone alerting Stone that he had heard that WikiLeaks was set to release “very damaging” material on the Clinton campaign. The email relaying that information to Stone was dated Aug. 2, 2016. The following day, according to the Washington Post reported Wednesday, Stone spoke to Trump on the telephone.
“In an interview, Stone insisted that the topic of hacked emails was never broached in the Aug. 3 phone call—or in any other communication with Trump,” according to the Post. “It just didn’t come up,” Stone said. “I am able to say we never discussed WikiLeaks. I’m not sure what I would have said to him anyway because it’s all speculation . . . I just didn’t know if it’s true or not.” Stone’s call most certainly remains circumstantial evidence, but the circumstances seem to be closing in on Trump. The calls do not put Trump in the driver’s seat of the WikiLeaks releases by any stretch, but they certainly put him much closer to the action and potentially giving him knowledge of the looming release of more damaging emails.