When WikiLeaks published a trove of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman a month before the 2016 election, it was widely viewed as an attempt to damage her standing, even as WikiLeaks defended the release as an effort to bring greater transparency to American politics.
We have since learned that the emails were originally hacked by Russian intelligence operatives. What is still not clear is how much Trump campaign advisers knew about the hacks at the time — a subject of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III — or the extent of their interactions with far-right figures eager to undermine Mrs. Clinton.
NEW: Emails we've obtained show how Bannon considered Stone a conduit to Wikileaks .. how closely Breitbart was tied to the campaign .. and how Stone asked Bannon to have Rebecca Mercer send money for his efforts to undermine Clinton. https://t.co/0Ke7YnzE3u
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) November 1, 2018