Bannon testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Jan. 16, 2018:
Adam Schiff: “Did Mr. Stone ever discuss with you … his communications with WikiLeaks?”
Schiff: “Or his connections with Julian Assange?”
Bannon testifying at Stone’s criminal trial on Nov. 8, 2019:
Defense attorney Robert Bushel: “Before you joined the Trump campaign on August 14th, 2016, did you ever hear Roger Stone discuss any connections that he had with Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?”
President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.
The president wants a new cold war to deflect attention from his failures.