Roger Stone, friend discussed WikiLeaks plans ahead of election: report

Former informal Trump campaign adviser 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 and a man who Stone alleges was his back channel to WikiLeaks discussed the group’s plans in the days leading up to the release of hacked emails, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Former New York radio host Randy Credico texted Stone on Oct. 1, 2016, “Big news Wednesday. Now pretend u don’t know me,” according to messages given to NBC by Stone.

“U died 5 years ago,” Stone reportedly responded.

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“Great. Hillary’s campaign will die this week,” Credico texted back, according to NBC.

No information was sent out by WikiLeaks that Wednesday, but the group did release emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE's campaign chair John Podesta two days later, on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Reached for comment by The Hill, Credico replied, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“There's absolutely nothing there that I had any knowledge of anything that Assange was going to do because I didn't,” he also told NBC News. "Where's the smoking gun?"

Stone told the outlet that the texts prove his story, that Credico was his back channel for information on WikiLeaks. Credico has repeatedly denied the allegation.

"These text messages prove beyond dispute that Randy Credico was the source who told me of the significance of the material that Julian Assange told CNN he had and would publish in June 2016 and that Credico’s source was indeed a woman attorney who worked for WikiLeaks," Stone told NBC News. "If Randy said anything different to the grand jury, he perjured himself under oath.”

The Hill has reached out to Stone for comment.

The outlet reported that Credico told Stone in the texts that his source inside WikiLeaks wasn’t group founder Julian Assange, but rather a longtime friend who was working as Assange’s lawyer.

Stone has been a person of focus for 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, who is investigating whether Stone had prior knowledge that WikiLeaks would release damaging information just weeks before the 2016 election.

Mueller also alleges that the emails were hacked by Russian military agents, and earlier this year indicted 12 officers believed to work for Russian military intelligence unit the GRU for the DNC hack.

Stone had publicly suggested that he knew WikiLeaks would release the emails in the days before the information dump. The organization published the first documents in the hours after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released, in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE could be heard bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent.

Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, told The Hill last month that he learned through a tip from a source that WikiLeaks had "bombshell information" that would disrupt the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday that Mueller was looking at whether Stone sought to discredit or intimidate Credico, who has testified before Mueller's grand jury.

Stone categorically denied that he tried to intimidate his former friend, and said he only wanted Credico to "tell the truth."