Randy Credico, comedian linked to Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, subpoenaed by Senate panel
Randy Credico, a longtime acquaintance of President Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone, has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference during the 2016 race.
Mr. Credico received a subpoena Tuesday signed by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, compelling him to appear Oct. 5 on Capitol Hill.
“I’m mulling it over,” Mr. Credico told CNN.
Issued hardly two weeks since Mr. Credico appeared before a grand jury convened by special counsel Robert Mueller, the subpoena suggests lawmakers have anything but abandoned efforts within the legislative branch to investigate alleged Russian election meddling, notwithstanding Republicans shuttering the House Intelligence Committee’s probe months earlier.
The subpoena commands Mr. Credico, a 64-year-old comedian and former radio host, to provide senators with testimony and documents “relative to the subject matters under consideration,” including any communications involving Mr. Stone and several other individuals and entities related to the 2016 race and the Russian government’s alleged conduct in support of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.
Russian hackers breached Democratic targets during the 2016 race and stole sensitive material subsequently leaked online by outlets including the Guccifer 2.0 internet persona and WikiLeaks website, according to U.S. officials.
A former adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign, Mr. Stone, 66, has faced scrutiny over his ties to both Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, as well as for correctly predicting the latter’s release of documents during the race that were damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Stone has repeatedly claimed that Mr. Credico was the person who told him the leaks were imminent, though Mr. Credico has denied acting as a “backchannel” between the former Trump adviser and WikiLeaks chief.
“I revealed him to be the source who told me WikiLeaks had the goods on Hillary,” Mr. Stone said in an Instagram post Tuesday.
The specific records sought by Senate panel are Mr. Credico’s communications with or about individuals including Mr. Stone, Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and Mr. Assange, among others.
Other records sought by the Senate panel include any communications regarding hacking attempts related to the 2016 U.S. election, state-sponsored or otherwise, as well as “communications that, in any way, relate to derogatory information about Hillary Clinton.”
Mr. Credico said he has known Mr. Stone for about 16 years, and he reportedly has visited Mr. Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London at least three times. He was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee last year to testify as part of that panel’s probe into alleged Russian election interference, but he promised to assert his Fifth Amendment right and was excused from appearing prior to its investigation ending in April.
Mr. Credico testified earlier this month before a federal grand jury convened by the special counsel’s office as part of the Justice Department’s investigation election meddling, however, and he told CNN afterwards that “the preponderance of the questions” were about Mr. Stone and his relationship with him.
Mr. Stone has repeatedly denied wrongdoing with respect to the leaked Democratic material.