The Washington Post reports:
In the spring of 2016, longtime political operative Roger Stone had a phone conversation that would later seem prophetic, according to the person on the other end of the line.
Stone, an informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, said he had learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that his organization had obtained emails that would torment senior Democrats such as John Podesta, then campaign chairman for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The conversation occurred before it was publicly known that hackers had obtained the emails of Podesta and of the Democratic National Committee, documents that WikiLeaks released in late July and October. The U.S. intelligence community later concluded the hackers were working for Russia.
The New York Daily News reports:
Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump after being connected to him through Stone, told the newspaper that he had described the matter to investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The other source that heard Stone speak about communicating with Assange was unidentified, but said that the conversation took place in spring of 2016, earlier than other reported contact. Mueller is probing at election meddling efforts from the Kremlin, and is looking at Stone as he questions whether there was collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Stone has repeatedly denied direct contact with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta, through a journalist.