Former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon was one of the people who reached out to Roger Stone to obtain damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, through WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, CNBC reported Friday, citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter as its source.
Bannon, who was CEO of President Donald Trump's campaign during its final stages and served as a chief strategist in Trump's White House for less than a year, did not return a call for comment, and his attorney refused to comment.
Stone was arrested FBI during a predawn raid at his Florida home and faces seven criminal counts, including obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress.
In the indictment, Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges Stone was in contact with high-ranking Trump campaign officials about efforts to leak information on Clinton, stating that during the summer of 2016, Stone had spoken to senior campaign officials about "Organization 1," and that he had been contacted about future releases.
While "Organization 1" is not identified by name in the indictment, it says the organization's head was at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has been living since 2012.
WikiLeaks leaked thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign, and at a campaign rally on Oct. 10, Trump praised the group. Trump's son, Donald Jr., also has admitted he had communications with WikiLeaks while arguing against claims made in an article for The Atlantic.
According to the indictment, a high-ranking Trump official also had asked Stone if the organization would release more material in October, at a time when Clinton was leading Trump in national polls, with Stone responding that the group's head had a "serious security concern" but a would release a "load every week going forward."
It also alleged in the indictment that an associate of a "high ranking Trump campaign official" sent a message to Stone reading "well done" after the first set of emails was released on Oct. 7, the same day that the "Access Hollywood" tape was released that appeared to bruise Trump's campaign.
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