By Carol D. Leonnig, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Rosalind S. Helderman of the Washington Post
In recent weeks, a grand jury in Washington has listened to more than a dozen hours of testimony and FBI technicians have pored over gigabytes of electronic messages as part of the special counsel’s quest to solve one burning mystery: Did longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone — or any other associate of the president — have advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked Democratic emails in 2016?
Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have been aggressively pursuing leads behind the scenes about whether Stone was in communication with the online group, whose disclosures of emails believed to have been hacked by Russian operatives disrupted the 2016 presidential campaign.
Stone boasted during the race that he was in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Now he says his past comments were exaggerated or misunderstood. Both he and WikiLeaks have adamantly denied they were in contact people familiar with the special counsel probe.