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Roger Stone won't testify as defense prepares to rest case

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE's legal team intends to rest its case on Tuesday without bringing the longtime Trump associate to the stand in his trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

The charges center on Stone's Sept. 26, 2017, testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in which he said under oath that he had not spoken to anyone in the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks' releases of stolen emails from the Democratic Party and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship MORE's presidential campaign.

He also claimed not to have any records of communications related to his assertions that he had corresponded with WikiLeaks publisher Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAi Weiwei stages silent protest against Assange extradition Psychiatrist says Assange told him he was hearing imaginary voices, music Assange extradition hearing delayed over coronavirus concerns MORE through an intermediary.

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The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday morning after four days of testimony from five witnesses, including former White House adviser Stephen Bannon and Trump campaign deputy Richard Gates.

Stone's legal team intends to rest its case without calling any witnesses after playing an hourlong audio clip of his testimony in the closed-door deposition to the House Intelligence Committee.

Stone's lawyers have argued that he in fact had no inside knowledge about WikiLeaks nor did he have an intermediary with the organization.

Testimony and evidence presented by prosecutors shows that the Trump campaign was under the belief that he had a connection to Assange and that he was providing them with nonpublic information about the organization's plans regarding future releases.

 

Read the transcript of Stone's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee below:

Roger Stone Testimony to House Intelligence Committee by Meghashyam Mali on Scribd