Roger Stone was attempting to meet with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the summer of 2016, a producer for “Get Me Roger Stone” said on Tuesday.
Morgan Pehme, a producer for the documentary, said on MSNBC that during an interview with Stone for the documentary, the then-informal Trump adviser “was trying to meet with Julian Assange.”
“We don’t know if it was successful,” Pehme said.
The Washington Post first reported that Stone interacted with Assange. Stone in the spring of 2016 said he heard from Assange that Wikileaks had obtained emails that would distress top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, according to the Post.
Stone’s statement came before it was known that Podesta and Democratic National Committee emails were hacked, which the intelligence community later concluded was a result of hacking from Russia. Wikileaks released those documents in late July and October.
Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, confirmed to the Post that Stone met with Assange and that he was asked about it during an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump campaign.
“The Washington Post story says that he did meet with Assange,” Pehme said. “I am telling you he was seeking to meet with Assange. We discussed it many times.”
Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, has previously said he has not met with Assange. However, he publicly predicted on Twitter in August that it would be Podesta’s “time in the barrel.“ Stone also tweeted in October that he has “total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon.”
Several days later, Wikileaks released Podesta’s emails.
“I do not know if he had knowledge,“ Pehme said. “He has said consistently that he could extract this idea that John Podesta could be in trouble from public news reports, that’s what he contends.“
“I do not know for certain if he met with Wikileaks in advance of the election but he was certainly attempting to do so,” Pehme concluded.