Sunday, May 24, 2020

PROOF: Steve Bannon Stabbed Roger Stone in the Back

Roger Stone and Steve Bannon
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon gave sharply contradictory accounts under oath of his discussions with  Roger Stone about WikiLeaks, a review of official records by The New York Post shows.

According to the Post, On Jan 16, 2018 — roughly five months after he left the White House – Bannon told members of the House Intelligence Committee repeatedly that he and political operative Stone had never discussed WikiLeaks or its boss Julian Assange at any time during their relationship. The testimony, part of Rep. Adam Schiff’s Russia Investigation, was declassified and made public on May 7.

But he was called as a witness for the prosecution in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Stone, who was charged with lying to Congress about his role in the WikiLeaks scandal, in which Democratic party emails hacked by the Russians and harmful to Hillary Clinton’s campaign were published. (Stone has always denied the charges and the evidence suggests he is telling the truth.)

Under questioning from Department of Justice prosecutor Michael Marando, Bannon turned the knife. He said that Stone had in fact discussed Assange and WikiLeaks with him before Bannon took over Trump’s campaign in August 2016, according to a transcript of Bannon’s trial testimony.

“There does appear a glaring and irreconcilable conflict in what Bannon stated in testimony before Congress and the court. What is striking is that this was not a peripheral point but one of the main areas of inquiry,”  Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School who testified during President Trump’s impeachment hearings, told the Post.

“He has two diametrically opposite sworn statements in a high-profile controversy with dozens of attorneys in attendance,” Turley said.

This is just one more reason President Trump should pardon Stone. He knows that the charges against Stone were uncalled for. And now we have hard evidence that Bannon was trying to protect himself at the expense of a man that has been a lot more loyal to Trump than Bannon.

Stone was convicted of seven counts, including witness tampering and making false statements to Congress. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison and is currently free on appeal.

“I am deeply disappointed by Mr. Bannon’s now-documented betrayal,” he told the Post. “I believe the prosecutors suborned perjury by Steve Bannon and I have no idea what deal he may have made for immunity or for non-prosecution.”

One wonders, if Bannon gets is looked at for perjury, will he flip again, this time on Stone's prosecutors?


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