There Was Collusion Between Trump Campaign Adviser Roger Stone, Assange & Russia

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The Trump campaign sought to counter the Access Hollywood tape's release with a drop of hacked Democratic emails.

Politico correspondent Natasha Bertrand noted on Twitter Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia report shows coordination between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the day the infamous Access Hollywood tape was dropped in 2016.

The goal was to counter the tape with a release of Democratic emails that had been hacked by Russia.

  • Bertrand wrote in a tweet: “Some details about the day of the Access Hollywood tape/Podesta emails release: Trump campaign team heard about the tape an hour before its release. Stone told Corsi to get Assange to ‘drop the Podesta emails immediately.’ WikiLeaks did so 30 min after tape published.”
  • Included with the tweet was a snippet of the report, which reads in part: “At approximately 4 p.m. on October 7 [2016], The Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape. Witnesses involved in Trump’s debate preparation recalled that the team first heard of the tape about an hour prior to its public release. According to Jerome Corsi, however, news of the release also made its way to Roger Stone. Corsi and Stone spoke twice that day at length… Corsi recalled learning from Stone that the Access Hollywood tape would be coming out, and that Stone ‘[w]anted the Podesta stuff to balance the news cycle’....”

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