A liberal radio presenter accused of being Roger Stone's back channel to WikiLeaks, told a court today that he was afraid of being labeled as the man who helped Trump win the election.
Comedian and New York radio presenter Randy Credico – an outspoken left winger and Bernie Sanders supporter – got worried when Stone told the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 that he was his channel to Julian Assange.
When Credico threatened to contradict Stone's sworn statement before the congress, Trump's old confidant repeatedly told him to plead the fifth or an & # 39; Frank Pentangeli & # 39; had to do, it is claimed.
Prosecutors say this is a reference to a character in Godfather's Part II, lying to a congressional committee to help the Corleone family before committing suicide.
The rattling comic eventually argued for the fifth, but only after Stone had peppered him with threats and insults, including & # 39; Prepare to die. You are a rat, & # 39; heard Stone & # 39; s trial.
Randy Credico wore his dog Bianca when he left the court after witnessing for two days in the Roger Stone trial. He told the court on Friday that he was afraid of being labeled as & # 39; the man who helped Trump win the election & # 39; because of his connections with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
For a long time Trump trusted Roger Stone, pictured on the court with his wife in a gray three-button suit and a blue striped shirt with an openwork collar and spotted tie, previously told Congress that Randy Credico was his back channel to WikiLeaks & # 39, Julian Assange
The former White House strategist, Steve Bannon, arrived at the federal court on Friday and wore two shirts and a casual jacket to testify in the trial against Roger Stone
Stone, who came to court on Friday with his wife in a gray three-button suit and a blue striped shirt with an openwork collar and spotted tie, even threatened Credico & # 39; s therapy dog Bianca, a 13-year-old Coton de Tulear, in read an SMS to the process: & # 39; I'm going to take that dog away from you. & # 39;
& # 39; I have no wife, no children, just a sister who is still alive & # 39 ;, Credico testified in court Friday.
The satirist insisted that he be a & # 39; spectator & # 39; and not a back channel, as Stone had told the legislators. He told jury members that he was increasingly worried that Stone would give him his & # 39; patsy & # 39; would make.
Credico was also afraid that Stone would try to involve a good lawyer friend named Margaret Ratner Kunstler, who was part of the Assange legal team and had helped get the WikiLeaks boss in the Credico radio program.
& # 39; I didn't know what to do. Do I protect myself from being associated with Donald Trump?
& # 39; When I do that, I sacrifice Mrs. Kunstler's reputation, which is the line that I walked, "said Credico, who said he hated Hillary Clinton & # 39; despite his left inclinations.
& # 39; I certainly didn't want to be trapped if the man who helped Trump win the election, & # 39; he said.
In cross-examination, Credico was asked if he had tried to play Stone & # 39; by giving him the wrong impression that he has a & # 39; special relationship & # 39; had with Assange.
& # 39; There were exaggerations, there were lies, there were rejections, yes, & # 39; he admitted.
Robert Buschel, defensively, asked Credico if he had introduced himself to a White House press function in 2018 as & # 39; Roger Stone & # 39; s back channel & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It was with a wink and a nod, & # 39; the comic answered.
Credico admitted that Stone was probably joking or adopting hyperbole when he threatened Bianca.
But he said about his former friend Stone, whom he had known for almost two decades, but got hit with on many occasions: & He plays a hard ball. He throws a lot of junk. I didn't want to be hit. & # 39;
Stone & # 39; s trial had heard earlier this week how he & # 39; upright lied & # 39; against Congress on back-channel efforts to obtain Democratic Party emails hacked by Russia and distributed by WikiLeaks on the eve of the 2016 elections.
The self-proclaimed political filthy cheater wanted to hide his tracks because & # 39; the truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump & # 39 ;, heard his trial this week.
Stone not only misled the legislators about his attempts to reach WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he also hid conversations with senior Trump Campaign officials who wanted to know what dirty Assange had on their opponent, Hillary Clinton, is claimed.
Prosecutors say that Frank Pantangeli is a reference to a character in Godfather's Part II, who is lying to a convention commission to help the Corleone family before committing suicide (photo is a photo from the movie)
Randy Credico told the court Friday that Stone told him to plead the Fifth or an & # 39; Frank Pentangeli & # 39; to do – in reference to a character in Godfather Part II that lies to the congress (photo left on Friday departure)
Stone sent a stream of texts to Randy Credico that prosecutors say they threatened the DJ and his 13-year-old therapy god, Bianca de Coton de Tulear
Julian Assange – now in a British prison who is fighting extradition to the US – was the subject of an attempt to get him to let Roger Stone know what his plans were
Those conversations include email exchanges with former Trump campaign president Paul Manafort, as well as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who will testify in the Stone trial along with another disgraced former Trump assistant, Rick Gates.
Bannon was portrayed as he arrived at the Washington DC court on Friday afternoon in two shirts and a casual jacket.
THE COST AGAINST ROGER STONE
Roger Stone is responsible for:
1. Obstacle of justice, lying to Congress and witnessing tampering by trying to make Randy Credico lie to Congress
2. Lying to Congress that he had no emails or texts about Julian Assange
3. Lying when he claimed that his references to contact with Assange were actually about a & # 39; intermediary & # 39; went – Randy Credico
4. Lying that he is his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; has not asked to communicate with Assange
5. Lying that he is the & # 39; mediator & # 39; did not text or email about WikiLeaks
6. Lying that he never had a conversation with his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; with someone in the Trump campaign
Stone also made several mysterious phone calls to Trump himself, a few hours after the DNC announced to the world that it had been hacked, heard his lawsuit in Washington, DC.
The silver-haired defendant, who this week by his wife Nydia and & # 39; spiritual adviser & # 39; Pastor Randy Short was led to the proceedings, denies justice, witness tampering and lies to the committee.
Jury members heard how the cunning Republican official and old confidant of Trump seized the now notorious hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee as an opportunity to request favor and help his friend at Clinton's expense to the White House.
He used two different collaborators to tease WikiLeaks about their plans to publish stolen emails that were embarrassing for the former Secretary of State, and then contacted both Bannon and Manafort to indicate that he could help voice up turn their way and save & # 39; Trump & # 39; s ass & # 39; s.
But when he was asked a year later to testify to the House Intelligence Committee about Russian involvement in the DNC hack and attempts to get involved in the elections, Stone misled legislators and his sources and hid a whole range of e emails, texts and documents, said prosecutor Aaron Zelinksy.
& # 39; In a critical inquiry of national importance, the accused, Roger Stone, repeatedly lied under oath to a convention committee and lied under oath to make his mark, & # 39; he said to the jury consisting of nine women and three men.
The old GOP dusk was sued by a large jury as part of Robert Mueller's special investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It is claimed that in August 2016 he told author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi that a friend would go to Julian Assange & # 39; and & # 39; receive e-mails & # 39; that the WikiLeaks boss had done.
Stone would later try to hide Corsi's involvement from lawmakers, but tell them his only channel, Credico, who says he first spoke to Assange in September 2016, the month after Stone publicly bragged about having a feedback channel to the Australian activist.
According to the government's indictment, Stone – who briefly served on Trump's campaign but was driven out in the midst of a fight with campaign leader Corey Lewandowski – is accused of telling five lies during his testimony of September 26, 2017.
They say that he lied that he had no emails or texts about WikiLeaks and that he was his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; had not asked to communicate with Assange.
It is further claimed that he lied that he only had one employee who acted as a back channel when he had two, and both lied and tampered with a witness when he later tried to mislead Credico into the congress.
Stone peppered Credico with threats and insults, including & # 39; Prepare to die ** sucker. You are a rat, & # 39; heard the process
Bannon is expected to be the star witness against Stone in his trial
Finally, Stone is accused of lying that he never talks to his & # 39; intermediary & # 39; with someone in the Trump campaign.
& # 39; Now you'll ask why Roger Stone didn't just tell the truth? & # 39; Zelinsky told jury members. & # 39; The evidence in this case will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad.
& # 39; The truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump. & # 39;
Bruce Rogow, Stone's main lawyer, claims that his client never wanted to lie and was only guilty of bragging and exaggerating the extent of his contacts.
& # 39; He bragged about his ability to find out what was going on, & # 39; Rogow said. & # 39; But he had no intermediary. & # 39;
That was because Credico and Corse really only & # 39; Stone & # 39; played by claiming they had inner knowledge that they didn't have, Rogow said.
And the former Nixon campaign advisor – who has permanently tattooed the face of the disgraced former president – & # 39; played others & # 39; by pretending he was in direct contact with WikiLeaks.
& # 39; We think the evidence will show that there was no corrupt intention in whatever Mr. Stone said or did, & # 39; Rogow said.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has criticized & irresponsible & # 39; irresponsible & # 39; media speculation about the identity of jury members, a clear reference to alt-right publications that claim an Obama official had entered the panel.
& # 39; It is inaccurate and untrue and it endangers the safety of all involved in this process, including the jury, & she said on Friday.
She also gave judges a direction they could not refuse: not download the Godfather films on Netflix.
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