Steve Bannon: Roger Stone was our unused WikiLeaks ‘access point’

Former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign thought primarily of one person when it wanted to find out what was going on with WikiLeaks: Roger Stone. That’s the readout Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign CEO, delivered during a much-anticipated appearance Friday at Stone’s federal trial…

Former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign thought primarily of one person when it wanted to find out what was going on with WikiLeaks: Roger Stone.

That’s the readout Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign CEO, delivered during a much-anticipated appearance Friday at Stone’s federal trial on charges that he lied to Congress and intimidated a witness.

“I think we did, yes,” said Bannon, clad in his trademark all-black outfit complete with multiple shirts, when when asked whether the Trump campaign viewed Stone as its “access point” to WikiLeaks and founder, Julian Assange.

But Bannon was careful to note that the campaign never tapped that access point.

“The campaign had no official access to WikiLeaks or to Julian Assange,” Bannon said. “But Roger would be considered if we needed an access point, because he had implied or told me he had a relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.”

Still, Bannon said, Trump’s campaign was pleased with what WikiLeaks was up to in 2016 — dumping an embarrassing onslaught of stolen emails from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic campaign. The team saw it as helping resurrect Trump’s long-shot GOP presidential bid.

“I’d view that as hurting Hillary Clinton and helping the Trump campaign,” he said.

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