Is Donald Trump engaging in witness tampering? Mueller knows for sure

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Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify in the House Intelligence Committee'™s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, September 26, 2017.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the special counsel "the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax" in an official statement while the president was in Argentina and said it is "hopefully now nearing an end".

Stone also denied having had any contact during the 2016 presidential campaign with Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks, the site that published hacked messages from Trump's Democratic opponents in an apparent bid to influence the election.

Last week, Corsi refused Mueller's offer for a plea deal over his role as a suspected intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks, saying he was prepared to spend the "rest of my life" in prison rather than "sign a lie".

Stone has repeatedly said he won't testify against the President. "I'd have to make things up and I'm not going to do that", Stone said.

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Yet court filings indicate it is fairly advanced, with a focus on whether there is enough evidence in multiple contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russians to support charges of a criminal conspiracy to disrupt the USA election. Before the midterms, for example, Conway was highly critical of Trump's claim that he would issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship for US -born children of non-U.S. -born immigrants.

Schiff said on ABC's "This Week" that emails between Stone and an associate, Jerome Corsi, are "inconsistent" with the testimony that Stone gave to the committee previous year.

Documents drafted by Mueller's team as part of a potential plea deal with Corsi - which he has rejected - contained portions of emails he exchanged with Stone in the summer of 2016 about WikiLeaks.

"I think he shouldn't have", McBride replied.

"Where is the crime? I've had no discussion regarding a pardon", Stone said. "My objective was to take a tip, which I thought to be solid, and then after that to follow the WikiLeaks Twitter feed and set a Google News alert for "Julian Assange" and use Twitter to hype as much voter and media attention to the disclosures when they came as politics".

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