Politics

Clinton adviser Podesta says Trump aide may have had advance knowledge of hack

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman confirmed the FBI was investigating the hack of his private email account, which he blamed on Russia

Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on Tuesday accused longtime Donald Trump aide Roger Stone of receiving "advance warning" about WikiLeaks' plans to publish thousands of hacked emails and suggested that the Republican candidate is aiding the unprecedented Russian interference in American politics. Podesta pointed the finger at Stone, who he said has been in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Podesta also raised as evidence an August tweet in which Stone said Podesta's "time in the barrel" was coming. The tweet was sent shortly after WikiLeaks published scores of hacked emails from other Democratic officials.

I think it's a reasonable assumption, or at least a reasonable conclusion, that Mr. Stone and the Trump campaign had advance warning about what Assange was going to do.

John Podesta

Podesta confirmed that the FBI is investigating the hack of his private email account as part of the ongoing probe in other Democratic Party hackings by groups with Russian ties. Last week, intelligence officials said that they believe the individuals responsible are working for Russian intelligence and coordinating with Assange on the political hacking. Podesta said Russia's actions may be driven by Trump's policy positions, which he said are more in line with Russian foreign policy than U.S. foreign policy. But he also suggested that the driving force could be "Mr. Trump's deep engagement and ties with Russian interests in his business affairs." The Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, dismissed the accusations as untrue.

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John Podesta

John David Podesta(born January 8, 1949) is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.Podesta previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama. He is the former president and now Chair and Counselor of the Center for American Progress(CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., and is also a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Roger Stone

Roger Jason Stone, Jr. (born August 27, 1952) is an American political consultant, lobbyist, and strategist, noted for his use of opposition research, usually for candidates of the Republican Party. He was a principal with Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.The New York Times has described Stone as a"renowned infighter" and a"seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics."