Bannon to testify in Roger Stone's trial
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Stephen Bannon, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s former campaign CEO and senior White House strategist, will testify in Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number What if impeachment fails? MORE’s trial on charges of witness tampering, obstruction and making false statements.

Jurors were informed Wednesday that Bannon would appear in court to explain his interactions with Stone late in the 2016 election season, after the longtime Trump ally connected with Bannon to exchange information on stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee.

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“I do know how to win this but it ain’t pretty,” a message from Stone to Bannon at the time said.

Richard Gates, a former senior Trump campaign aide, is also expected to testify. 

In their opening statement, federal prosecutors accused Stone of lying to congressional investigators about his connections with both WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign in order to defend the president. 

“The evidence in this case will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad — the truth looked bad for the Trump campaign and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump,” Aaron Zelinsky said. 

Stone has pleaded not guilty to seven counts related to his September 2017 testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

Stone was arrested by FBI officials in January as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s investigation into Russia's election interference, which included the theft and leaking of the Democratic emails.