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Perjury Chart: Trump Associates’ Lies, False, or Misleading Statements on Russia

to Federal Authorities

By Ryan Goodman
co-editor-in-chief, Just Security

It is a federal offense to intentionally make false statements to Congress, the FBI, and other
federal authorities. It is also a crime to encourage others to do so (that is, in technical terms, to
“suborn perjury”). It is also a crime to engage in a conspiracy to lie to federal authorities. A
conspiracy can involve a tacit or explicit agreement to commit the criminal activity.

Possible Lies and False Statements to Contradictory Information

Federal Authorities

1. Jeff Sessions
(1) probably lied to Congress about his communications with Russian government officials
and (2) possibly lied to Congress about his knowledge of other campaign members’ contacts
with Russian government officials (starting Jan. 2017)

Sessions stated that he did not communicate (1) Sessions’ contacts with Russian
with members of the Russian government government and content of those
during the campaign, at least not on communications
campaign-related topics. He also stated that
he had no knowledge of other campaign While Sessions initially stated that he did not
members’ contacts with Russians. communicate with the Russian government
during the campaign, it was then discovered
January 10, 2017: that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey
Kislyak at least three times. Sessions then
During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, claimed he meant he did not discuss any
Sen. Al Franken asked Sessions: If there was campaign-related topics in his meetings with
any evidence that anyone affiliated with the the Russian ambassador. It was then reported
Trump campaign communicated with the that Kislyak had told Russian colleagues at
Russian government in the course of this the time that he did discuss the campaign
campaign, what would you do? with Sessions. Sessions never squarely
refuted that fact. Instead, he later told
In response, Sessions stated: “I'm not aware Congress that he did not discuss “the details
of any of those activities. I have been called a of the campaign” with Kislyak. But Sessions’
surrogate at a time or two in that campaign initial statements, even if read in the light
and I didn't have — did not have most favorable to him—that he had no
communications with the Russians, and I'm communications with the Russian
unable to comment on it.” government about the campaign prior to the
election—was apparently false.
January 17, 2018:
(2) Sessions’ awareness of Trump campaign
Senator Patrick Leahy asked Sessions in a members’ and associates’ contacts with
written questionnaire, “Several of the Russian officials and Russian nationals
President-Elect’s nominees or senior advisers
have Russian ties. Have you been in contact Sessions chaired the national security team
with anyone connected to any part of the for the Trump campaign, which included

Russian government about the 2016 election, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.
either before or after Election Day?” Papadopoulos kept members of the campaign
informed of his frequent contacts with
Sessions responded with one word: “No.” Russian agents, and Carter Page emailed the
campaign from his trip to Moscow informing
In subsequent congressional hearings, colleagues of “outreach I’ve received from a
Sessions maintained that he was unaware of few Russian legislators and senior members
any Trump campaign members or surrogates of the Presidential administration here.”
having contacts with Russians. However, the available public record does not
name Sessions in describing the
On June 13, 2017, Sen. Kamala Harris and Papadopoulos or Page correspondence.
Sessions had the following exchange:
Sessions has a strong defense on the more
“HARRIS: Are you aware of any general question of whether he knew Page
communications with other Trump campaign had communications with Russian nationals.
officials and associates that they had with By the time Sessions appeared before the
Russian officials or any Russian nationals? Senate in January 2017, it was widely
reported that Page had made the trip to
SESSIONS: I don’t recall that.” Russia, and Page had given multiple
interviews to that effect. Sessions was
On Oct. 18, 2017, Franken and Sessions had naturally not denying something that was
the following exchange: open and common knowledge.

“FRANKEN: [Y]ou don’t believe that

surrogates from the Trump campaign had
communications with the Russians? Is that
what you’re saying?

SESSIONS: I did not and I’m not aware of

anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it

FRANKEN: And you don’t believe it now?

SESSIONS: I don’t believe it happened.”

2. Jared Kushner (part 1)

made material omissions on his security clearance forms (January-June 2017)

On January 18, 2017, Jared Kushner, the The public record indicates that Kushner
president’s son-in-law and adviser, submitted omitted several contacts with foreign
his SF-86 security clearance form, which nationals during the course of the
required him to disclose “close and/or presidential campaign and transition.
continuing contact with a foreign national Examples include:
within the last seven (7) years” as well as any
contact with a representative of a foreign On April 27, 2016: Senator Jeff Sessions and
government. Kushner reportedly met with Kislyak in a
small gathering at the Mayflower Hotel in
Kushner’s initial submission omitted any Washington, D.C., where candidate Trump
mention of contacts with foreign nationals. In made his first foreign policy speech. Kushner
April 2017, Kushner’s lawyer told the New played a significant role in the planning and

York Times that Kushner’s SF-86 had been execution of the event. Kushner also
submitted “prematurely” and that Kushner reportedly was in multiple phone calls with
would be supplementing his submission. the Russian ambassador. Kushner told
After mid-January 2017, Kushner filed four Congress, “on November 9, the day after the
addendums to his SF-86. election, I could not even remember the name
of the Russian Ambassador.”
Kushner did not list the Trump Tower
meeting with Russian agent, Natalia On June 9, 2016: Kushner, Donald Trump
Veselnitskaya, until June 21, 2017. He told Jr., and Paul Manafort met with Russian
Congress, in a written statement, that the lawyer and lobbyist, Natalia Veselnitskaya at
reason he did not include it in his initial or Trump Tower in New York. Rob Goldstone,
prior amended forms because he forgot the who arranged the meeting, presented
meeting and hadn’t read the emails he Veselnitskaya as a “Russian government
received setting up the meeting: “I did not attorney” in his email exchanges with Trump
remember the meeting and certainly did not Jr. In addition to Goldstone and
remember it as one with anyone who had to Veselnitskaya, the Russian delegation also
be included on an SF-86. When documents included: Ike Kaveladze, a dual Georgian-
reviewed for production in connection with American citizen and businessman; Rinat
committee requests reminded me that Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist
meeting had occurred, and because of the with widely reported ties to Russian
language in the email chain that I then read intelligence; and Anatoli Samochornov, an
for the first time, I included that meeting on a American citizen who served as
supplement.” Veselnitskaya’s translator.

Kushner’s lawyer states that the meeting was In December 2016: Kushner, along with
included “out of an abundance of caution” incoming national security advisor, Michael
after correspondence relating to the meeting Flynn, met with Kislyak. During the meeting,
was discovered while reviewing Kushner’s Kushner reportedly discussed the possibility
emails. Kushner told Congress, he added of establishing a backchannel between
Veselnitskaya in his amended form, “even members of the Trump transition team and
though my attorneys were unable to conclude Moscow, using Russian diplomatic facilities
that the Russian lawyer was a representative and thus bypassing U.S. intelligence services.
of any foreign country and thus fell outside
the scope of the form.” In December 2016: Kushner met with Sergey
Gorkov, the President of U.S.-sanctioned VBE
bank. Kushner admitted to Congress that
Kislyak asked him to meet with Gorkov
because the banker was “someone with a
direct line to the Russian President who could
give insight into how Putin was viewing the
new administration and best ways to work

On December 15, 2016: Kushner and Flynn

secretly met with UAE Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and George
Nader in Trump Tower. The Crown Prince
breached standard protocol by failing to
notify the Obama administration of his visit
to the United States.

3. Michael Flynn
lied to the FBI about communications with the Russian ambassador (Jan. 24, 2017)

According to Michael Flynn’s plea agreement, As part of his plea deal, Flynn’s Statement of
he admitted to lying to the FBI about the Offense documents his intentional false
content of his communications with Kislyak statements to the FBI regarding his
in his interview with investigators on January communications with Kislyak.
24, 2017. Flynn falsely stated to the FBI
investigators that “he did not ask Russia’s refrain from escalating the
situation in response to sanctions that the
United States had imposed against Russia”
for the 2016 election interference. Flynn also
falsely stated that he did not remember a
follow-up conversation in which the Russian
ambassador told him that “Russia had chosen
to moderate its response to those sanctions as
a result of Flynn’s request.”

The Special Counsel’s “Statement-of-Offense”

also states that Flynn falsely told
investigators he had not contacted members
of foreign governments, including Russia,
during the presidential transition to learn
about their country’s response to a U.N.
Security Council Resolution critical of Israeli
settlements, nor that he advocated or
attempted to influence their position. Flynn
also falsely stated that the Russian
ambassador never described to him Russia’s
response regarding the resolution.

4. George Papadopoulos
lied to the FBI about his Russian contacts (Jan. 27, 2017)

In his interview with the FBI, George As part of his plea deal, Papadopoulos’
Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor for the Statement of Offense, and other filings by the
Trump campaign, omitted his efforts to Special Counsel, document his intentional
facilitate a meeting between Moscow and false statements to the FBI.
campaign officials.

Papadopoulos told investigators that his

interactions with Professor Joseph Mifsud, a
suspected Russian government agent,
occurred before he joined the campaign.
These interactions included the professor
disclosing that the Russians had “dirt” on
Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of

5. K.T. McFarland
probably lied to Congress about knowledge of Flynn’s phone calls with the Russian
ambassador (July 2017)

K.T. McFarland, who served as a senior Shortly after the Obama White House
official on the Trump Transition Team and notified Russia about the sanctions it was
deputy national security advisor under Flynn, imposing, Kislyak contacted Flynn. Flynn
appeared before the Senate Committee on then consulted with McFarland, who was
Foreign Relations in July 2017 for her with other senior members of the transition
nomination as ambassador to Singapore. team at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s resort in
During the confirmation process, Sen. Cory Florida. Flynn discussed with McFarland
Booker (D-N.J.) asked whether she had ever “what, if anything, to communicate to the
spoken to Flynn, before President Trump Russian Ambassador about the U.S.
took office, about his contacts with Kislyak. Sanctions,” according to Flynn’s guilty plea.
Immediately following their discussion, Flynn
In response to Booker’s question, McFarland called Kislyak. Shortly after the call with the
stated: “I am not aware of any of the issues or Russian ambassador, Flynn orally briefed
events described above.” McFarland “to report on the substance of his
call with the Russian Ambassador, including
their discussion of the U.S. Sanctions,” Flynn
admitted in federal court.

McFarland’s email communications, which

were sent to other transition team officials,
and obtained by the New York Times,
corroborate the account in Flynn’s statement
in federal court. In her email to Thomas
Bossert, who also served on the transition
team, she said, “General Flynn is talking to
the Russian ambassador this evening” and
that “key will be Russia’s response over the
next few days.”

After Flynn’s guilty plea on December 1, 2017,

and the publication of the Times report on
Dec. 4, McFarland withdrew her name from
consideration for ambassador to Singapore.

6. Michael Caputo
probably lied to Congress about his contacts with Russians (July 13, 2017)

Michael Caputo, a senior Trump campaign In May 2016, Caputo, who has had deep
communications adviser, told reporters in a business ties to Russia and is described as a
press conference immediately following his protégé of Roger Stone, arranged for Stone to
closed-door testimony with the House meet in Sunny Isles, Florida, with a Russian
Intelligence Committee in July 2017, “I spent national, “Henry Greenberg” (a.k.a. Henry
my time in front of the committee detailing Oknyansky) who said he could provide
the fact that I had no contact with Russians, damaging information to the campaign about
that I never heard of anyone with the Trump Hillary Clinton. “How crazy is the Russian?”
campaign talking with Russians.” Caputo texted Stone after the meeting.

“Caputo said that he was asked during a Caputo’s attorney sent a letter amending his
session with the committee in July whether client’s testimony in June 2018 following
he’d ever been offered information about the Caputo’s interview with Special Counsel
Clinton campaign by a Russian, and he either Mueller, where he was confronted with text
answered “no” or that he could not recall,” messages between Stone and himself about
the Washington Post reported. the Greenberg meeting.

7. Jared Kushner (part 2)

(1) probably lied to Congress about his knowledge of the reason for the June 9 Russia meeting
in Trump Tower and (2) possibly made false statements about proposing a backchannel to
Russia (July 24, 2017)

(1) Advance knowledge of June 9 Trump (1) Advance knowledge of June 9 Trump
Tower meeting Tower meeting

In his written statement submitted to According to the House Intelligence

Congress, Kushner stated that he did not read Committee Majority’s report, Trump Jr.,
the email exchange between Donald Trump Kushner, and Manafort attended the meeting
Jr. and Rob Goldstone before the meeting “where they expected to receive…derogatory
and denied that he knew what the June 9 information on candidate Clinton from
meeting was going to be about. Russian sources.” The email exchange, which
Trump Jr. forwarded to Kushner, used the
(2) Backchannel to Russia subject line: “Russia - Clinton - private and
In his written testimony, Kushner denied
attempting to create “a secret backchannel” For more on this see: “House Intel
during a meeting with Kislyak and Flynn on Committee Findings Contradict Kushner’s
December 1, 2016 at Trump Tower. He Testimony.”
stated: “I did not suggest an ongoing secret
form of communication for then or for when President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy
the administration took office. I did not raise Giuliani, told CNN that a preparatory
the possibility of using the embassy or any meeting took place on June 7, 2016 and
other Russian facility for any purpose other involved Trump campaign officials including
than this one possible conversation in the Kushner, Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Rick
transition period. We did not discuss Gates, and Michael Cohen. Gates and Cohen
sanctions.” are cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
Giuliani’s statements on this have shifted,
and he is generally sloppy with the facts,
either intentionally to sow confusion or

(2) Backchannel to Russia

According to the Washington Post and New

York Times, Kislyak told his superiors that
Kushner proposed the possibility of setting
up a secret communications channel between
the Trump transition team and Moscow,
using Russian diplomatic facilities that would
bypass U.S. intelligence agencies.

8. Michael Cohen
lied to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower Project (Aug. 28, 2017)

President Trump’s long-time personal lawyer As part of his plea deal, Cohen’s Criminal
and fixer, Michael Cohen, lied to Congress Information outlines his intentional false
about a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow, statements to the FBI.
which he was working to arrange in 2015 and
2016. According to descriptions by the Importantly, in a separate court filing, Cohen
Special Counsel in court documents, Cohen’s stated: “in the weeks during which his then-
lies included making false representations counsel prepared his written response to the
that “the Moscow Project ended in January Congressional Committees, Michael
2016 and was not discussed extensively with remained in close and regular contact with
others in the Company,” including other White House-based staff and legal counsel to
Trump family members. Cohen also lied Client-1 [Donald Trump].” The Special
about taking steps to arrange for him, and Counsel’s Sentencing Memorandum, in Dec.
possibly Trump, travelling to Russia during 2018, stated: “Cohen provided relevant and
the campaign, and about the responses he useful information concerning his contacts
received from Russian officials after he with persons connected to the White House
reached out to the Kremlin by email. during the 2017-2018 time period,” and
“Cohen described the circumstances of
preparing and circulating his response to the
congressional inquiries, while continuing to
accept responsibility for the false statements
contained within it.”

9. Donald Trump Jr.

(1) probably lied to Congress about receiving offers of assistance from other foreign
governments; (2) probably lied about candidate Trump’s advance knowledge of the June 9
Trump Tower meeting; (3) made a false statement about whether any of the Russian members
of the June 9 meeting requested a follow-up; (4) possibly made false statements about the
Trump Tower in Moscow deal (Sept. 7, 2017)

(1) Assistance from other foreign (1) Assistance from other foreign
governments governments

In his Senate testimony, Donald Trump Jr. On Aug. 3, 2016, according to a detailed
was asked whether other foreign report by the New York Times, Trump Jr.
governments or foreign nationals offered met with George Nader, who purported to
assistance to the campaign. He denied it. The represent foreign governments seeking to
exchanges included the following: offer assistance to the Trump campaign. The
meeting also included Erik Prince and Joel
“Q: We’ve talked a lot about Russia. So I have Zamel, an Australian-born Israeli expert in
some broader questions about other foreign social media manipulation, whose company
governments. Did other foreign governments reportedly employs former intelligence
offer or provide assistance to the Trump officers. Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. that
campaign? the Crown Princes of the United Arab
Emirates and Saudi Arabia were eager to help
A. None that I'm aware of. Trump win the presidency. According to the
Times, “two people familiar with the meetings
Q: Did other foreign nationals offer or said that Trump campaign officials did not
provide assistance to the Trump Campaign? appear bothered by the idea of cooperation

with foreigners,” and Trump Jr. “responded
A: No. approvingly” to the proposal. Following the
Aug. 3 meeting, “Nader was quickly embraced
Q: Did you directly or indirectly seek as a close ally by Trump campaign advisers.”
foreign government or foreign nationals
assistance for the Trump campaign? In May 2018, Trump Jr.’s lawyer
acknowledged the meeting took place. He
A: No. stated that his client “recalls a meeting [prior
to the 2016 election] with Erik Prince, George
Q: Are you aware of anyone else seeking Nader and another individual who may be
foreign government or foreign nationals Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a
assistance for the Trump campaign? social media platform or marketing strategy.
He was not interested and that was the end of
A: I’m not. it.”

Q: Did you ever tell anyone that you or the Nader is cooperating with the Special
Trump campaign would be receptive to offers Counsel, including seven interviews with
of assistance from foreign governments or federal prosecutors.
foreign nationals?
(2) Donald J. Trump’s advance knowledge of
A: No.” the June 9 Trump Tower meeting

(2) Donald J. Trump’s advance knowledge of Trump campaign associates Stephen Bannon
the June 9 Trump Tower meeting and Sam Nunberg have each said they believe
then-candidate Trump was told of the
In his interview before the Senate Judiciary meeting in advance. In July 2018, CNN
Committee, Trump Jr. was asked, “Did you reported that former Trump attorney and
inform your father about the meeting or the fixer, Michael Cohen, was prepared to allege
underlying offer prior to the meeting?” He that Trump had been informed in advance of
replied: “No, I did not.” He also said his the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
father had not been “aware” of the meeting (Michael Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis,
until the summer of 2017 when it was admitted to being an anonymous source for
reported in the press. the CNN report and walked back his
statement in support of the story. CNN did
(3) Follow-up to June 9 meeting not retract the story and stated, “We stand by
our story, which had more than one source,
Trump Jr. was twice asked whether there was and are confident in our reporting of it.”)
any follow-up to the June 9 meeting:
In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman
“Q: Did any attendee request additional of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chris
meetings or communications with you or any Coons (D-DE) raised concerns that Trump Jr.
member of the Trump campaign? lied in his interview with congressional staff.

A: No, they did not. (3) Follow-up to June 9 meeting

Q: There was, in your view, no follow-up at all Senate Judiciary documents flatly contradict
from this meeting? Trump Jr.’s denial of a requested follow-up to
the Trump Tower meeting (see section below
A: Correct.” on Veselnitskaya’s testimony). That said,
there is no publicly available evidence that
(4) Trump Tower in Moscow deal Trump Jr. knew about the requested follow-

up, which could mean that he did not
When asked about the Trump Tower deal, knowingly or intentionally make a false
involving Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, that statement.
began in 2015, Trump Jr. downplayed his
knowledge of the Moscow Project, saying he
was only “peripherally aware” that something (4) Trump Tower in Moscow deal
was being pursued, that he knew “very little”
about the deal Cohen was pursuing, and that According to Michael Cohen’s plea
he “wasn’t involved” in it. Trump Jr. also said documents, the Cohen-Sater Moscow Project
he believed Sater worked with Cohen on the was discussed multiple times within the
deal “in 2015.” Trump Organization. This includes with
Trump himself and his family members who
worked there. The court documents read:

“COHEN discussed the status and progress of

the Moscow Project with [Donald J. Trump]
on more than the three occasions COHEN
claimed to the Committee, and he briefed
family members of [Donald J. Trump] within
the Company about the project.”

The Special Counsel also stated that Cohen

falsely represented to Congress that “the
Moscow Project ended in January 2016 and
was not discussed extensively with others in
the Company.”

Following the release of the plea agreement,

the Wall Street Journal reported:
“Investigators obtained emails about the
project from late 2015 and January 2016,
according to people familiar with the matter,
in which Mr. Cohen communicated with or
copied Mr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.,
and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, both of
whom were executives at Trump

10. Roger Stone

(1) probably lied to Congress about how and when he learned of Wikileaks’ possession of
Podesta’s emails; (2) probably lied in denying advanced knowledge of any content of
Wikileaks’ documents on Hillary Clinton (3) probably lied about his communications with
Wikileaks; (4) probably lied about his contacts with Russians; and (5) made false and
misleading statements about his communications and relationship to the campaign (Sept. 26,

(1) Podesta emails (1) Podesta emails

In his written testimony before the House The Special Counsel’s draft Statement of
Intelligence Committee, Roger Stone, denied Offense for Jerome Corsi, a close Stone
that his tweet on Aug. 21 (saying “Trust me, it associate, contradicts Stone’s testimony. In

will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel. late July, Stone emailed Corsi asking him to
#CrookedHillary”) meant he had get information from Assange on what
foreknowledge that Wikileaks possessed documents Wikileaks possessed. Corsi replied
Podesta’s emails and planned to release on Aug. 2 informing Stone that Wikileaks had
them. Podesta documents and would release them
in October.
Importantly, Stone said, “The Tweet is also
based on a comprehensive, early August In emails on Oct. 3-4 2016 between Stone,
opposition research briefing provided to me then-campaign chairman Stephen Bannon,
by investigative journalist, Dr. Jerome Corsi, and Breitbart Washington editor Matthew
which I then asked him to memorialize in a Boyle, Stone held himself out to members of
memo that he sent me on August 31st.” the Trump campaign as a conduit to
Wikileaks, and suggested he knew of
(2) Content of Wikileaks documents Assange’s plans and reasons for making
decisions about timing. Boyle emailed
In his written testimony, Stone said, “The Bannon saying, “Well clearly he knows what
charge that … I had advanced knowledge of Assange has.”
the source or actual content of the WikiLeaks
disclosures regarding Hillary Clinton … are Stone’s statement that he relied on a research
entirely false.” briefing by Corsi appears to be a cover story
that Stone conspired with Corsi to create. On
Stone also said he learned that Wikileaks was Aug. 30, 2016 (nine days after Stone’s tweet
in possession of Clinton DNC emails in June referring to Podesta), Stone asked Corsi for
2016 after Assange made a public help in creating an “alternative explanation”
announcement. for the tweet after the fact, according to an
interview Corsi gave to the Wall Street
(3) Wikileaks/Assange communications Journal in Nov. 2018. Corsi also told the
Journal what he told the Mueller grand jury:
In his written testimony, Stone said “I have “What I testified to the grand jury, was I
never said or written that I had any direct believed I was creating a cover story for
communication with Julian Assange and have Roger, because Roger wanted to explain this
always clarified in numerous interviews and tweet … the special counsel knew this. They
speeches that my communication with can virtually tell my keystrokes on that
WikiLeaks was through the aforementioned computer.” Corsi made similar admissions in
journalist.” multiple media interviews in Nov. 2018. For
example, he said, “I was given immunity by
(4) Russian contacts the Mueller prosecutors in order to make this
testimony because my lawyer didn’t want me
In his written testimony, Stone stated that he to be held for suborning perjury because
“never had any communication with any Roger used that memo in his testimony, the
Russians or individuals fronting for Russians, House Intelligence Committee sworn
in connection with the 2016 presidential testimony. And I did not object to it.”
election” He also suggested that he did not
know Guccifer 2.0 was Russian. In spring of 2016, Stone reportedly told a
confidant that he had contact with Assange
(5) Relationship to Trump Campaign earlier that year. Stone’s confidant told the
Washington Post that Stone said he learned
In his written testimony, Stone said “I from Assange that Wikileaks had obtained
performed consulting work for the campaign emails that would torment senior Democrats
for five months and the consulting such as John Podesta. The conversation
relationship ended in August 2015.” occurred before any public reports that

hackers had obtained emails of the
Democratic National Committee, let alone
documents related to Podesta.

Other statements Stone made shortly before

and after Wikileaks’ release of the Podesta
emails indicate he had advanced knowledge
(see, for example, [23] in Renato Mariotti’s

(2) Content of Wikileaks documents

As discussed above in (1), the Special

Counsel’s draft Statement of Offense for
Jerome Corsi includes email text from Corsi
to Stone on Aug. 2 informing Stone that
Wikileaks had Podesta documents.
Importantly, Corsi also states that Wikileaks
will release documents suggesting Hillary
Clinton has health problems, which Wikileaks
subsequently does in September and October
2016. (See Bob Bauer and my article for more

As mentioned in (1), in spring of 2016, Stone

reportedly told a confidant that he had
contact with Assange earlier that year, and
learned from Assange that Wikileaks had
obtained emails that would torment senior
Democrats such as John Podesta.

On Sept. 18, 2016, Stone emailed a specific

document request to Randy Credico, a New
York radio personality who had interviewed
Assange. “Please ask Assange for any State or
HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30--
particularly on August 20, 2011,” Stone
wrote. Credico initially replied that the
information would be on Wikileaks website if
it existed. Stone responded, “Why do we
assume WikiLeaks has released everything
they have???” Credico then asked for a “little
bit of time,” and wrote a few hours later,
“That batch probably coming out in the next
drop...I can’t ask them favors every other day.
I asked one of his lawyers.” Credico was
presumably referring to prior requests to
Wikileaks. Credico would later say that he
never passed on the request to Assange or his
lawyers, but got tired of Stone “bothering”

Note: The very existence of the emails
between Stone and Credico raises legal
problems for Stone. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-
Calif.) told the Wall Street Journal that the
emails had not been disclosed to Congress.
Schiff said: “If there is such a document, then
it would mean that his testimony was either
deliberately incomplete or deliberately false.”
Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, said the emails
had not been turned over because they were
“not encompassed within the scope of the
committee’s request.” This statement
suggests that Stone knowingly and
deliberately decided not to provide the emails
to Congress.

(3) Wikileaks/Assange communications

Stone has reportedly amended his

congressional testimony for statements he
made about the extent of his interactions with

Stone communicated directly with Wikileaks

via Twitter private messages on Oct. 13, 2016
and Nov. 9, 2016.

There may be other communications between

Stone and Wikileaks/Assange. In an email to
Trump adviser, Sam Nunberg on Aug. 4,
2016, Stone wrote: “I dined with my new pal
Julian Assange last night.” It is unclear
whether Stone meant he had an online
meeting with Assange, since it appears he did
not leave the United States, and Assange
remained in the Ecuadorian Embassy in
London. In a video recording of Stone’s
speech to a local Republican Party group in
Florida on August 8, 2016, Stone stated, “I
have actually communicated with Assange. I
believe the next tranche of his documents to
pertain to the Clinton foundation but there’s
no telling what the October surprise may be.”

As mentioned above [see (1)], in spring of

2016, Stone reportedly told a confidant that
he had contact with Assange earlier that year.

Finally. NBC News reported that “Mueller’s

investigators have reviewed messages to

members of the Trump team in which Stone
and Corsi seem to take credit for the release
of Democratic emails, said a person with
direct knowledge of the emails.” However,
NBC News relies on a single unnamed source
for this report.

(4) Russian contacts

Stone has reportedly amended his

congressional testimony for statements he
made about Russian contacts.

First, from at least Aug. 14-Sept. 9, 2016,

Stone communicated with the Russian
intelligence front Guccifer 2.0. Stone
contends that he did not know that Guccifer
2.0 was Russian. However, by late July 2016,
it was widely reported that the U.S.
government had identified the Russian
government as responsible for the DNC
hacking and that Guccifer 2.0 was part of the
Russian operation.

Second, Michael Caputo, senior Trump

campaign communications adviser, asked
Stone to meet with “Henry Greenberg” (a.k.a.
Henry Oknyansky), who promised derogatory
information on Clinton. “How crazy is the
Russian?” Caputo texted Stone after the
meeting (See entry under Michael Caputo).

Note: The very existence of the text messages

between Stone and Caputo may raise legal
problems for Stone if he did not turn them
over to Congress.

(5) Relationship to Trump Campaign

Stone has reportedly amended his

congressional testimony on statements he
made about communications with the Trump

First, it is widely reported that Stone

continued to consult for the campaign after
August 2015. Second, Caputo apparently
asked Stone to meet with a Russian national
on behalf of the campaign in May 2016 (See
entry above under Michael Caputo). Third, in
Oct. 2016, Stone told a reporter that he sent

long memos to Trump once or twice a week.
Fourth, Stone reportedly met with deputy
campaign chairman Rick Gates during the
campaign. Gates joined the campaign in
March 2016 (long after Aug. 2015).

Fifth and perhaps most important, Special

Counsel Mueller appears to believe Stone was
acting in direct communication on campaign
related matters on behalf of the Trump
Campaign at the most relevant times. The
special counsel’s draft Statement of Offense
for Jerome Corsi states that Corsi
“understood [Stone] to be in regular contact
with senior members of the Trump
Campaign, including with then-candidate
Donald J. Trump” when Stone “asked Corsi to
get in touch with [Wikileaks] about materials
it possessed relevant to the presidential
campaign” in July 2016. Similarly, the Special
Counsel’s indictment of Russian military
intelligence officers states that Stone was “in
regular contact with senior members of the
presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump”
when he communicated privately with the
Russian intelligence front Guccifer 2.0 in
August of 2016. After the release of the
Russia indictment, Stone said, “I certainly
acknowledge that I was in touch with Trump
campaign officials,” contradicting his earlier
public statements.

11. Carter Page

probably lied to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials (Nov. 2, 2017)

In his testimony before the House A memorandum issued by Rep. Schiff and
Intelligence Committee, Carter Page stated fellow Democratic members of the House
that, in his trip to Moscow during the Intelligence Committee states that the FBI
campaign, it was “absolutely” true that he possesses evidence from “multiple
“had no meetings, no serious discussions with independent sources” that “contradicts Page's
anyone high up or in any official capacity; it’s November 2, 2017 testimony to the
just kind of man on the street.” He Committee, in which he initially denied any
maintained that position until Rep. Adam such meetings and then was forced to admit
Schiff confronted him with emails, which he speaking with Dvorkovich and meeting with
had not disclosed to the Committee, that Page Rosneft's Sechin-tied investor relations chief,
sent to the Trump Campaign. In one email, Andrey Baranov.” The memorandum says
Page wrote, “In a private conversation, that FBI obtained information through FISA
Dvorkovich [the Deputy Prime Minister of surveillance as well that “contradict[s] his
Russia] expressed strong support for Mr. sworn testimony to our Committee."
Trump and a desire to work together toward
devising better solutions in response to the The testimony shows that Page initially

vast range of current international problems.” denied significant meetings and changed his
In other email, Page wrote, “I'll send you guys statements when confronted with
a readout soon regarding some incredible documentary evidence that contradicted him.
insights and outreach I've received from a few The documents also contradict Page’s
Russian legislators and senior members of testimony as to whether he had a private
the Presidential administration here." Page conversation with Dvorkovich and whether
then said he learned of Russian legislators’ he had meetings or communications of
views from public information like listening substance with other senior members of the
to speeches and reading newspapers in Russian Presidential administration and
Russia. But he later admitted to Rep. Adam Duma.
Schiff (D-Calif.) that he met with members of
the Russian Duma, though he added, “Duma
was, again, just in passing, a few people when
we were shaking hands.”

12. Alex van der Zwaan

lied to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and a Ukrainian national with active ties to
Russian intelligence (Nov. 3, 2017)

Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer and son-in-law As part of his plea deal, Alex van der Zwaan’s
of a Russian billionaire, admitted that he lied Criminal Information documents his
to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates intentional false statements to the FBI.
and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based
operative whom the FBI assessed had active
ties to Russian intelligence during this period,
according to Special Counsel court

13. Natalia Veselnitskaya

(1) probably lied to Congress about her connections to Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri
Chaika and (2) probably lied about attempted follow-up to the Trump Tower meeting (Nov.
20, 2017)

(1) In written responses to Senate Judiciary (1) See the information below concerning Rob
Committee questions, Veselnitskaya denies Goldstone’s testimony on Russia’s Prosecutor
she was working with or connected to General Yuri Chaika.
Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and
said Robert Goldstone “could either confuse (2) Senate Judiciary documents flatly
everything, or intentionally make everything contradict Veselnitskaya’s denial of a
look intriguing so that the meeting could take requested follow-up to the Trump Tower
place.” meeting. The documents include email and
text communications after Nov. 8, 2016
(2) In her written responses, Veselnitskaya among the Russian delegates to the Trump
denies there was any attempted follow up to Tower meeting and between the Russians and
the June 9 Trump Tower meeting. a Trump assistant trying to set up a follow-up
meeting during the presidential transition.
The Committee asked, “Did you or any other
meeting attendees request additional Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told
meetings or communications with Donald CNN that Veselnitskaya had reached out to
Trump, Jr., or any member of the Trump the Trump transition team following the
campaign, the Trump administration, or the November 2016 election. With support from

Trump Organization?” Aras Agalarov, Veselnitskaya requested a
follow-on meeting to discuss her efforts to
Veselnitskaya responded: “No.” repeal the Magnitsky Act.

14. Paul Manafort

lied to federal authorities about his ties to Kremlin-link Ukrainian political parties (starting
Nov. 23, 2016, later dates include Feb. 10, 2017)

Paul Manafort lied to federal authorities The special prosecutor’s indictment of Paul
about his connections to, and work as an Manafort, plea documents, and other filings
agent on behalf of, Kremlin-linked Ukrainian document his intentional false statements.
Manafort continued to lie to the federal
investigators after entering a cooperation
agreement, according to court filings by the
special counsel.

15. Rick Gates

lied to federal authorities about his ties to Kremlin-link Ukrainian political parties (starting
Nov. 23, 2016, later dates include Feb. 10, 2017)

Rick Gates lied to federal authorities about The special prosecutor’s indictment of Rick
his connections and work as an agent on Gates, plea documents, and other filings
behalf of Kremlin-linked Ukrainian parties. document his intentional false statements.

Rick Gates also lied to the FBI in stating that

a meeting with Manafort, Rep. Dana
Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and a lobbyist, did
not include Ukraine as a topic.

16. Erik Prince

(1) probably lied to Congress about his secret Seychelles meeting with a Russian and (2)
probably lied about his relationship to the Trump campaign (Nov. 30, 2017)

(1) Backchannel to Russia (1) Backchannel to Russia

In his testimony before the House According to several news reports, the secret
Intelligence Committee, Erik Prince, founder meeting in the Seychelles on Jan. 11, 2017,
of the private security firm Blackwater, was an effort to create a backchannel between
admitted to meeting Kirill Dmitriev, a the incoming Trump administration and
confidant and close ally of Putin and CEO of a Moscow. The meeting was facilitated by
Russian sovereign wealth fund, in the George Nader, an adviser to Crown Prince
Seychelles. In his testimony, Prince denied Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the UAE.
three things: that the meeting was pre- The meeting reportedly included Prince,
planned (he says it was a chance encounter); Dmitriev, Nader, and the UAE Crown Prince.
that he was acting as an official or unofficial
surrogate for the Trump transition team; and The UAE agreed to facilitate the meeting in
that the purpose of the meeting had anything part to explore whether Russia could be
to do with setting up a backchannel with persuaded to curtail its relationship with
Moscow. Iran, according to U.S., European and Arab

(2) Relationship to Trump Campaign
According to people familiar with the
When asked by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fl.) Seychelles meeting, Prince presented himself
whether Prince had any “formal as an unofficial envoy for Trump. Not only
communications or contact” with the was that the impression made during the
campaign beyond submitting a series of Seychelles meeting, but “for weeks afterward,
policy position papers to Stephen Bannon, the UAE believed that Prince had the blessing
Prince stated that this characterization of his of the new administration to act as its
role was “correct.” The exchange also unofficial representative,” according to the
included Prince suggesting that his other Washington Post.
support for Trump came in the form of “Yard
sign in my yard.” Nader is cooperating with the Special
Counsel, including having seven interviews
Prince was also asked by Rep. Eric Swalwell with the prosecutors, and he appears to have
(R-Ca.) about any contacts with Donald documentary evidence of planning the
Trump Jr. during the campaign. Prince meeting in advance with Prince.
omitted the Aug. 3, 2016 Trump Tower
meeting referring instead only to having met (2) (2) Relationship to Trump Campaign
Trump Jr. at “a campaign event.”
Regarding his role during the campaign and
contacts with Donald Trump Jr., Prince’s
testimony, in response to Rep. Rooney and
Rep. Swalwell, directly conflicts with the New
York Times report detailing the Aug. 3, 2016
Trump Tower meeting with Nader, Trump
Jr., and Zamel.

17. Robert Goldstone

probably lied to Congress about his email to Donald Trump Jr. (Dec. 15, 2017)

In his June 3, 2106 email to Donald Trump Public reports and Veselnitskaya’s own
Jr., Robert Goldstone said, “the Crown admissions to NBC News later strongly
prosecutor of Russia ... offered to provide the indicate that Goldstone was referring to
Trump campaign with some official Russia’s General Prosecutor Chaika. The New
documents and information that would York Times reported:
incriminate Hillary … part of Russia and its
government's support for Mr. Trump.” “Interviews and records show that in the
months before the meeting, Ms.
It was widely reported that the reference to Veselnitskaya had discussed the allegations
Crown Prosecutor meant Russia’s Prosecutor with one of Russia’s most powerful officials,
General Yuri Chaika. However, in his the prosecutor general, Yuri Y. Chaika. And
interview with the Senate Judiciary the memo she brought with her closely
Committee, Goldstone testified that his followed a document that Mr. Chaika’s office
reference to the “Crown Prosecutor” meant had given to an American congressman [Rep.
the lawyer Veselnitskaya herself and he had Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca.)] two months
no specific knowledge of any Russian earlier, incorporating some paragraphs
government efforts to support Trump. verbatim. The coordination between the
Trump Tower visitor and the Russian
prosecutor general undercuts Ms.
Veselnitskaya’s account.”

Veselnitskaya also admitted that she was a
Russian government “informant” and worked
closely with Chaika when confronted by NBC
with email correspondence leaked to the
news organization.

18. Samuel Patten

Gave false and misleading testimony related to (1) working, in partnership with a Russian
national, as an agent of a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian political party and (2) funneling, in
partnership with a Russian national, money of a Ukrainian oligarch to the Presidential
Inauguration Committee (Jan. 2018)

Samuel Patten, who has close professional The Justice Department’s National Security
ties to Paul Manafort and Konstantin Division’s plea agreement and Statement of
Kilimnik, pleaded guilty to working in the Offense for Samuel Patten document his
coordination with a Russian national both in false and misleading statements to Congress.
serving as an unregistered agent of a
Kremlin-linked Ukrainian political party Note: Members of the special counsel’s team
(Jan. 2015-2017) and in funneling money were present at Patten’s hearing.
from a Ukrainian oligarch to the Presidential
Inauguration Committee. Patten admitted to Patten may have committed other acts of
making false and misleading statements to lying to Congress. Senate intelligence
the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman
Russia investigation to avoid disclosure of Mark Warner said they made a criminal
both of these activities. referral of Patten to the Justice Department,
but noted “the charge, and resultant plea, do
not appear to directly involve our referral.”

19. Jerome Corsi

probably lied to the FBI about his efforts with Roger Stone to communicate with
Wikileaks/Assange (Sept. 6, 2018)

Jerome Corsi, a close associate of Roger The Special Counsel’s draft Statement of
Stone, told the FBI that he declined a request Offense, which Corsi recently released to the
from Stone to contact Assange to learn about media, shows that Mueller’s team concluded
and acquire documents that Wikileaks that Corsi lied in making these statements to
possessed but had not yet released. Corsi also the FBI based, in part, on emails and other
told the FBI that he never provided Stone documents in the FBI’s possession. Corsi
information regarding Wikileaks’ documents admitted to making false statements in media
including what Wikileaks possessed and what interviews following the release of the
it might do with those materials. document, though he claimed that he came
up with the idea himself that Wikileaks
possessed Podesta’s emails as a result of his
own “forensic analysis” of the DNC email
system. Among other problems with that
explanation, as journalist Natasha Bertrand
has noted, is that Podesta had no role at the
DNC. Also it would not explain Corsi’s
advanced knowledge of the specific content of
Wikileaks documents related to Clinton’s


Corsi has also admitted to the grand jury that

he was involved in Stone’s use of a cover story
in Stone’s congressional testimony. As
described in more detail below (see entry
above for Stone (1)), Corsi told the Wall
Street Journal: “What I testified to the grand
jury, was I believed I was creating a cover
story for Roger, because Roger wanted to
explain this tweet … the special counsel knew
this. They can virtually tell my keystrokes on
that computer.” Corsi made similar
admissions in multiple media interviews in
Nov 2018. For example, he said, “I was given
immunity by the Mueller prosecutors in order
to make this testimony because my lawyer
didn’t want me to be held for suborning
perjury because Roger used that memo in his
testimony, the House Intelligence committee
sworn testimony. And I did not object to it.”