And Roger Stone just today acknowledges he protected Trump specifically in exchange for this:
“He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.”
Fuck your job. Fuck your dead parents. The only lives that matter are traitorous Trump cronies that collaborate with GRU to rig an election, lie to Congress, intimidate witnesses, and avowedly lie to investigators to secure a pardon.
Perhaps the most significant unredaction from the Mueller Report last month revealed that the Trump campaign knew in June what was coming from Russia in June 2016:
“Stone claimed to the [Trump] Campaign as early as June 2016—before any announcement by Assange or Wikileaks—that he had learned that Wikileaks would release documents damaging to the Clinton Campaign.”
Long before a word had been breathed publicly to anyone else. Trump had a backchannel to WikiLeaks, knew they had more hacked content, but for whatever reason the time wasn’t right to release it. Then months later…
October 7th, 2016 4:00 PM: The Washington Post reveals the existence of the Access Hollywood tape.
Less than one hour later: WikiLeaks dumps the hacked Podesta emails, and releases them in dribs and drabs over the following days to maximize saturation and squeeze out the Access Hollywood story as effectively as possible.
The striking simultaneity fulfilled the hope of Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to Jerome Corsi, a conservative author and former Stone associate who was subpoenaed over the summer for questioning by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
“I had one call from Roger, as I recall it — Roger disputes this — on the day that WikiLeaks did begin in October dropping the final emails on John Podesta, in which Roger was essentially saying, ‘We’ve got this timing issue because the Billy Bush tape is going to be released, and we’d like to have Assange begin releasing emails now,’” Corsi told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Monday. Bush was the “Access Hollywood” anchor who appeared with Trump in the clip from 2005, in which the host of “The Apprentice” describes using his stardom to grope and kiss women.
The story isn’t just that Trump knew what was coming from the Russia Intelligence cutout, but they coordinated the release with them to ensure the maximum possible benefit to Trump’s 2016 candidacy. Mueller did not determine that amounted to statutory criminal conspiracy, but it sure as shit amounts to collusion.