WikiLeaks disputes Cohen, says Assange never talked to Stone

WikiLeaks disputes Cohen, says Assange never talked to Stone
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WikiLeaks contradicted Michael Cohen's congressional testimony in a tweet Wednesday, saying that founder Julian Assange never spoke on the phone with Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE

"WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has never had a telephone call with Roger Stone," WikiLeaks tweeted. "WikiLeaks publicly teased its pending publications on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Hillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US MORE and published > 30k of her emails on 16 March 2016."

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Cohen said before Congress that Trump knew in advance about damaging Democratic emails that WikiLeaks released leading up to the 2016 election. 

“Mr. Trump knew from Roger Stone in advance about the WikiLeaks drop of emails,” Cohen said before the House Oversight and reform Committee on Wednesday. 

Cohen said he was in Trump's office when Trump put Stone on speakerphone and Stone said WikiLeaks was going to release the emails. 

"Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign," Cohen said. 

“Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of ‘wouldn’t that be great,’” Cohen added. 

Stone also denied Cohen's allegation in a text message to The Hill. 

“Mr. Cohen’s statement is not true,” Stone said.

Cohen testified for several hours before the House committee on Wednesday. In November, he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Stone was arrested in January as part of Mueller's probe. He was accused of making false statements to Congress, impeding a congressional investigation and witness tampering. 

He has denied the allegations and said he has never had direct contact with WikiLeaks, but said he did have a back channel to the group.