I suppose before proceeding with posing links and introduction to the following article, I should once again acknowledge that there were many reasons for Hillary Clinton's loss of the 2016 election, and it may not be healthy to obsess over just the Russian connection. Still, that part of the story remains only partially explained. Another piece of that puzzle just got acknowledged in the courts, as explained below.
Steve Bannon Says Trump Team Saw Roger Stone as “Access Point” to Assange
(Mother Jones) Donald Trump and members of his campaign have said many times that they never colluded with Russia in 2016. But according to bombshell testimony in federal court Friday, the Trump team did believe that it was collaborating with WikiLeaks, the organization that publicly disseminated Democratic emails that had been stolen by Russian government hackers.
The revelations came during the trial of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who is accused of lying to Congress about his contacts with the Trump campaign. Stone was originally a member of that campaign; he departed in 2015 but remained an informal adviser to Trump. Steve Bannon, who became CEO of the campaign in mid-August 2016, testified Friday that campaign officials saw Stone as their “access point” to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
Bannon testified that in the spring and summer of 2016, before he took over the Trump campaign, Stone had in “implied” in conversations with Bannon that he was in contact with Assange. “The campaign had no official access to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, 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,” Bannon said.
“It was generally believed that the access point to WikiLeaks or Julian Assange would be Roger Stone,” Bannon said in prior grand jury testimony read in court on Friday. Bannon appeared under subpoena and said he would not have agreed to testify otherwise.