Steve Bannon, under oath, says Roger Stone was WikiLeaks’ “access point” to Trump campaign – By Amber Ali and Clare Hymes (CBS News) / Nov 8 2019
Washington — Former White House senior counselor Steve Bannon began his roughly 30 minutes of testimony in the trial of Roger Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser, by saying, “I’ve been compelled to testify” and “would not come voluntarily.”
The government tried in its questioning of Bannon to establish that the Trump campaign communicated with Stone about impending WikiLeaks dumps of Democrats’ emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Prosecutor Michael Marando asked Bannon whether Stone had bragged about his relationship with WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Bannon replied that while Stone mentioned it “a lot in the media,” this was not something he would bring up “all the time.” He added, “We didn’t talk that often — only every couple of weeks.”
Marando read the transcript of Bannon’s grand jury testimony, noting that Bannon had said, “I think it was generally believed that the [Trump campaign’s] access point [to Assange] would be Roger Stone.”