Michael Cohen will be presenting us with some entirely unsurprising news:
Mr. Cohen will also tell Congress that Mr. Trump had advance knowledge through his longtime adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. that WikiLeaks would publish hacked emails that would damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“In July 2016, days before the Democratic convention, I was in Mr. Trump’s office when his secretary announced that Roger Stone was on the phone. Mr. Trump put Mr. Stone on the speakerphone,” his written remarks say. “Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of ‘wouldn’t that be great.’”
Mr. Stone, who was recently indicted on charges that include witness tampering and false statements to Congress, has denied to reporters that such a conversation took place. The recent indictment against him made no mention of such a conversation, but it did state that a senior campaign official was directed to contact Mr. Stone around that period of time about what material WikiLeaks had.
The important thing to remember is that Julian Assange didn’t want to help throw the election to Trump because of his sympathy with white nationalist authoritarians, but because he had an incredibly idiotic theory that more right-wing presidents produce more left-wing results so really it was OK.
In other, more redundant evidence:
Michael Cohen on what Donald Trump thinks about black people. pic.twitter.com/G8FLy8O4UQ
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) February 27, 2019
Let this serve as an open thread for the Michael Cohen testimony and questioning…