Trump Is Central Figure In Roger Stone’s Trial

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump played a role in Roger Stone’s effort to prod WikiLeaks to release damaging emails for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race, federal prosecutors argued Wednesday in an extraordinary act of defiance toward the White House.

During opening statements at Stone’s trial for lying to Congress in Washington, D.C., the prosecution — which ultimately answers to Trump — stopped short of accusing the president of a crime, but alleged he was in direct contact with Stone as the political provocateur sought information about the release of hacked emails.

The prosecution also bluntly alleged that Stone’s motive in covering up his activities was to benefit Trump and his campaign as they went on to win the White House. Stone is also facing charges that he tampered with a witness in the congressional probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.