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

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneAuthorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics 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 ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders 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 AssangeSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Will alleged CIA misbehavior set Julian Assange free? UN official says US is torturing Chelsea Manning with detention 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:

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