Does the Roger Stone indictment show Donald Trump directly engaged in conspiracy?

Appearing on CNN shortly after the arrest and indictment of Trump adviser Roger Stone, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was quick to try and claim, again, that it had “nothing to do with” Trump and “wasn’t about” collusion. During the rest of the interview, Sanders was insistent on looking only at the charges against Stone—perjury, obstruction, and witness tampering—and noting that none of them mentioned Trump.

But that doesn’t mean that Donald Trump or conspiracy are not in the Stone indictment. It’s just that both may be a little bit disguised. In the background information on Stone’s actions, there is this brief description of an incident connecting the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

From Roger Stone’s federal indictment

The description here is not of Stone trying to interest the campaign in information and being waved off. It’s the opposite. This is the campaign approaching Stone, seeking out details on what information was available from WikiLeaks that they could use to harm Hillary Clinton.

But of particular interest in this passage is a single word: directed. That word, found in “a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone,” doesn’t just show that the outreach was coming from the side of the Trump campaign, but that the person who reached out to Stone did so at the direction of someone higher up.

Who was high enough to direct a “senior campaign official?” There’s a good reason to believe that the number of people with that authority was exactly one.

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