Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charges in Mueller probe

26 January, 2019, 01:45 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Factbox - 'Prepare to die' - Trump associate Stone accused of witness tampering

The indictment against Stone, the Associated Press reports, "provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that emails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign and wanted them released" and "alleges that unnamed senior Trump campaign officials contacted Stone to ask when the stolen emails might be disclosed".

Mr Stone also spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about the organisation "and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign", the indictment said. STONE answered that the head of Organization 1 had a "s$3 erious security concern" but that Organization 1 would release "a load every week going forward". According to the indictment, Stone continued to speak publicly and with the Trump campaign about potential future releases by WikiLeaks. Stone has said he had no inside information about the contents of the emails or the timing of when they'd be released.

Though no officials are identified by name, one Trump campaign aide cited in the case is Steve Bannon, who later became Trump's chief White House strategist.

Stone insisted that he's innocent.

Following his court appearance in Fort Lauderdale, Stone told reporters he would plead not guilty to all the charges against him and would not testify against Trump.

"They're now moving on to me and my father".

"FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog, I've only seen s-t like that in movies, insane to start to my Friday", Johnson tweeted at 8:31 a.m. A grand jury for months had heard from witnesses connected to Stone. "NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better". Among the seven counts of for which he is being charged, he will also respond to the claim that he attempted to intimidate witness Randy Credico, who was in contact with Assange in 2016.

And Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said, "The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else". Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks' release.

The 66-year-old Republican operative began working with Trump in 1980s.

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Trump expressed confidence last month that Stone would ultimately stay loyal to his cause, despite mounting pressure from the ongoing FBI investigation.

The indictment described in detail numerous emails and text messages "during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails".

Stone also has long-time ties to Manafort, who has already been convicted on multiple charges in Mueller's investigation. "Time to let more than [the Clinton Campaign chairman] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC".

Then, on October 7, 2016, WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of emails stolen from Podesta's email account. Like the other documents Mueller's team has filed, the Stone indictment is vague in spelling out connections to President Donald Trump and his campaign, mostly laying out Stone's knowledge of a scheme by which a tranche of emails stolen from the Clinton campaign were made public and his subsequent lies about what he knew.

The indictment of Roger Stone is a "typical Mueller indictment", according to Alan Dershowitz. Representatives for the heads of the two congressional committees that interviewed Stone could not be immediately reached. "Namely, before he was appointed, was there illegal collusion, illegal conspiracy with Russian Federation?"

Alksne said the indictment proved that the Trump campaign had lied to the American people and to the Congress, and slammed Giuliani's reaction.

Credico and Stone would go on to have discussions about ongoing investigations. Stone has remained loyal, however.

Law enforcement shined a flashlight into Stone's front door before one officer rapped against it, shouting, "FBI".

In fact, Stone's political consulting work has always been as colorfully self-promoting as it has been combative, often finding him accused of disinformation and dirty tricks, some of which he eagerly does not deny. A process against Richard Nixon was also initiated, but it was interrupted by Nixon's resignation.

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