But "this is a fabricated thing," defense lawyer Bruce S. Rogov told jurors in his opening statement Wednesday. "People were playing Mr. Stone. He took the bait.
The second day of Stone's testimony opened with jurors hearing the parameters of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into which Stone was accused of lying, and then listened to Stone's testimony before the committee.  In Stone's opening statement to the committee, in which the prosecutor plays the jury, Stone argues that the hearings "are largely based on the still unproven claim that the Russian state is responsible … for the hack [of the DNC]and transferring this information to Wikileaks. "
Stone" boasted of his ability to try to understand what was happening, "said Rogov a day earlier, but ultimately learned only what was in" public space. "
A longtime Trump advisor and political consultant, Stone told Trump campaign staff and associates that the more harmful emails of Clinton would come in late summer and early fall 201
6. When emails belonging to the president of the Clinton campaign were released on 7 October, Trump strategist officer Stephen K. Bannon emailed them Stone's ale to say, "Well done."
Stone, 67, claims to know, says Rogov, because "he plays others himself" such statements "play politics … in the newspapers, in public."  The trial is the latest case filed by Special Counsel Robert S. Muller III in his investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign. Stone pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors countered in their opening statement that "evidence of case will show that Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee because true so look bad campaign Trump and truth seem bad for Donald Trump, "as Aaron Zielinski, who was a member of the team of Mueller, she told the jury of nine women and three men.
At a hearing released Thursday, lawmakers asked Stone directly about the identity of his alleged "between" or "Feedback" link to WikiLeaks, saying that this person could be a key witness who confirms or contradicts the story of Stone for his interactions with the anti-secrecy group and its founder Julian Assange. Stone declined to respond – saying that this man was a journalist who had not relieved Stone of his promise to keep his anonymity – though he later wrote to the committee and said that the person he had discussed with WikiLeaks was Credico.
Prosecutors allege that Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee, saying that only Credico contacted WikiLeaks on his behalf, that he had no record of those conversations, and that he never discussed his efforts with the Trump campaign .
Stone is also accused of trying to tamper with a witness, threatening Credo not to contradict him.
Stone, Rogow told the jury, thought he would be asked questions about Russia, not WikiLeaks. "He's getting into that goal, goal," Rogov said of Stone's exchange with House investigators. "His state of mind is undermining any argument that he did so in a deliberate, evil, deliberate manner to mislead the commission." boasting and confusion among a group of eccentrics.
Stone and Credico had a "strange relationship," Rogov said, and Credico was "impressionist." When Stone told Credico to "do Frank Pentangeli" before the commission, he imagined forgetting information so as not to contradict Stone. , Rogov suggested that he just begs his friend to play a scene in the second movie, The Godfather. Prosecutors used that quote as proof that Stone wanted Credico to help him avoid perjury by lying under oath, as Pentangeli's character does for Michael Corleone in the movie.
This conversation was previewed in the opening statements but has not been discussed yet. in detail.
In a text presented to the court late Wednesday, however, Credico likens Hillary Clinton to a character from the first Godfather, saying he kills his enemies, as Luca Brazi does. Stone urged Credico not to be frightened.
He later told his friend on the "stone wall" if he contacted the investigators, "Anything to save the plan."
Credico replied, "What plan?"
Stone replied, " I tell them Stone doesn't speak to either Credico. "
Credico replied with a thumbs up of emoticons.
Spencer S. Hsu contributed to this report