Mueller has evidence hinting Roger Stone ally knew WikiLeaks had Clinton emails: report

Mueller has evidence hinting Roger Stone ally knew WikiLeaks had Clinton emails: report
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE has reportedly obtained evidence that a top associate of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE had advance knowledge concerning emails stolen from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE's presidential campaign and given to Wikileaks, which released them online.

NBC News reports that a source close to the Mueller investigation revealed the existence of messages in which Jerome Corsi, a top ally of Stone's, appears to take credit for the release of the emails.

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The source, along with others, say that there is no evidence yet that Stone, an informal adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's campaign, or Corsi were involved in the email theft or release or that Corsi's involvement went beyond advance knowledge of the situation. Stone for months has denied collusion with Wikileaks and Russian intelligence agents, who are thought to be behind the hack. He disputed the NBC report in an email to The Hill on Sunday, linking to other interviews he's done in which he denies having any advanced knowledge of the Wikileaks dump.

Corsi's lawyer declined to comment when reached by NBC News.

One former associate of Stone says that Mueller's investigators think they are "on to something" and are vigorously pursuing leads.

"I was questioned vigorously for hours," a former Stone associate, who remained anonymous, told NBC. "They think they're on to something."

One of the former Stone associates reportedly questioned by Mueller and is team is Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE, the former Trump campaign chair who struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial in Washington, D.C. after being convicted of eight counts related to money laundering and bank fraud in Virginia.

Manafort was reportedly questioned about his former business dealings with Stone earlier this month, as Mueller's team continues to put pressure on Stone's former partners. Stone released a statement at the time denying any wrongdoing.

"I am highly confident Mr. Manafort is aware of no wrong doing on my part during the 2016 campaign, or at any other time, and therefore there is no wrongdoing to know about,” Stone told ABC News. “Narratives to the contrary by some in the media are false and defamatory."

Updated: Sunday Oct. 28 at 9:48 p.m.