Two associates of Trump adviser Stone
questioned in Russia probe
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[September 08, 2018]
(Reuters) - An associate of Roger
Stone, a longtime ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, was questioned in
front of a grand jury in the special counsel's Russia probe on Friday
about his years-long relationship with Stone and about Wikileaks, the
associate's lawyer told Reuters.
Randy Credico, a comedian and talk show host, had been subpoenaed to
testify as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into
Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the
Trump campaign, which the president denies.
Credico's lawyer, Martin Stolar, said his client's testimony was
predominantly focused on his relationship with Stone "over a number of
years." He said Credico was also asked about Stone's interactions with
Wikileaks, which came under scrutiny after publishing emails hacked from
the Democratic Party and the account of candidate Hillary Clinton's
campaign chairman before the 2016 election.
Another Stone associate, right-wing commentator Jerome Corsi, was also
scheduled to testify on Friday before that plan was put on hold. Corsi
was questioned by Mueller's team on Thursday, his lawyer David Gray
The testimony outlined by Stolar appeared to confirm that Mueller's
prosecutors are focused in part on Stone's contacts with Wikileaks. A
series of other Stone associates contacted by Mueller were also asked
about Stone's ties to Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, people
familiar with those interviews have said.
Stone, for decades a Republican political operative who also advised
Trump, was at one point in contact with Credico as a possible
intermediary to Assange. Credico interviewed Assange for a radio program
and visited him in 2017 in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he
took refuge six years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual
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U.S. political consultant Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President
Donald Trump, speaks to reporters after appearing before a closed
House Intelligence Committee hearing investigating Russian
interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the U.S.
Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin
Mueller’s office is looking into whether Stone had advance knowledge
of material detrimental to Clinton that U.S. intelligence agencies
have concluded was obtained by Russia through hacking, the people
familiar with the interviews said.
Credico's lawyer Stolar said Credico had also received a request
from the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear for an interview
and to provide "certain documents". Credico would likely decline to
appear voluntarily, Stolar said.
Credico, who brought his therapy dog with him to court in
Washington, told Reuters that he was feeling "overwhelmed" after his
testimony without providing details about what he was asked.
Corsi's lawyer, Gray, declined comment on the content of Thursday's
questioning, although he had said earlier this week that he and
Corsi believed it would be about his email and phone communications
with Stone, which started in 2016.
Russia denies U.S. allegations of meddling in the election. Stone
has denied having any advance knowledge. He has said he has neither
been interviewed by Mueller's team nor summoned before a grand jury.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball in London, Nathan Layne in New York,
Chris Wattie in Washington; Editing by Grant McCool)
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