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U.S. Department of Justice

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b. Contacts with the Campaign about WikiLeaks

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  On June 12, 2016, Assange claimed in a televised interview to "have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication,"[2] but provided no additional context.

In debriefings with the Office, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates said that Harm to Ongoing Matter 
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    Gates recalled candidate Trump being generally frustrated that the Clinton emails had not been found.[4]

Paul Manafort, who would later become campaign chairman, Harm to Ongoing Matter ,[5] Harm to Ongoing Matter 

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  2. See Mahita Gajanan, Julian Assange Timed DNC Email Release for Democratic Convention Time (July 27, 2016) (quoting the June 12, 2016 television interview).
  3. In February 2018, Gates pleaded guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement, to a superseding criminal information charging him with conspiring to defraud and commit multiple offenses (i.e. tax fraud, failure to report foreign bank accounts, and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal) against the United States, as well as making false statements to our Office. Superseding Criminal Information United States v. Richard W. Gates III, 1:17-cr-201 (D.D.C. Feb. 23, 2018), Doc. 195 ("Gates Superseding Criminal Information"); Plea Agreement, United States v. Richard W. Gates III, 1:17-cr-201 (D.D.C. Feb. 23, 2018), Doc. 205 ("Gates Plea Agreement"). Gates has provided information and in-court testimony that the Office has deemed to be reliable.
  4. Gates 10/25/18 302, at 1-2.
  5. As explained further in Volume I, Section IV.A.8,Infra, Manafort entered into a plea agreement with our Office. We determined that he breached the agreement by being untruthful in proffer sessions and before the grand jury. We have generally recounted his version of events in this report only when his statements are sufficiently corroborated to be trustworthy; to identify issues on which Manafort's untruthful responses are sufficiently corroborated to be trustworthy, to identify issues on which Manafort's untruthful responses may themselves be of evidentiary value; or to provide Manafort's explanations for certain events, even when we were unable to determine whether that explanation was credible. His account appears here principally because it aligns with those of other witnesses.
  6. Grand Jury