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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was keen to keep abreast of the release of emails potentially damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, reaching all the way to Trump, the Republican’s former deputy campaign chairman testified in court on Tuesday.
Rick Gates, testifying in the criminal trial of President Donald Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone, said he witnessed a call with Trump and Stone related to WikiLeaks website in late July 2016.
WikiLeaks disclosed several batches of stolen emails in the months before the election that damaged Clinton.
Although Gates acknowledged he could not hear the contents of the call between Trump and Stone as they were driving from Trump Tower to LaGuardia Airport in New York City, he said that within 30 seconds or so of Trump hanging up with Stone, Trump said that “more information would be coming,” in an apparent reference to WikiLeaks.
The testimony by Gates, who appeared under a cooperation agreement, could hurt Stone as he faces charges of obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in its investigation into Russian interference in the election. Stone has pleaded not guilty.
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