Robert Mueller indicts Trump associate Roger Stone

Robert Mueller indicts Trump associate Roger Stone

Kerry Wise
January 29, 2019

Stone was charged by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering, according to the special counsel's office.

The agents arrested him on Friday on charges of obstruction, giving false statements, and witness tampering in relation to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Stone's home in Fort Lauderdade, Florida early Friday to take him into custody, CNN said.

He claimed he had quit, but when Trump announced his departure, he said: "I terminated Roger Stone last night because he no longer serves a useful function for my campaign".

"I did just connect the dots and figure it out on my own", Corsi said on CNN's State of the Union.

Stone was to appear in court in Florida on Friday morning.

Stone - who is known for his opposition research - has worked with American presidents from Richard Nixon to Trump.

In the 1980s, Trump hired Stone, then a Washington lobbyist, to represent him in the nation's capital to deal with "a number of small but important issues" involving the businessman's Atlantic City casinos and other properties.

"They could have called my lawyers and I would have turned myself in", he said. "Nowhere in the Presidential Daily Diaries from 1972 to 1974 does the name "Roger Stone" appear".

The indictment suggests that Mueller knows who those officials are and is examining the roles they played. It also doesn't say that Stone had any special knowledge of WikiLeaks' plans.

According to the indictment, not only did Stone lie to Congress about his interactions with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, but he also tried to prevent an associate, Randy Credico, from providing testimony to Congress that would contradict Stone's version of events.

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The indictment referred to an October 2016 email from a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official" asking Stone to inquire about future releases of emails by "Organization 1".

"You are directing Stone to take possession of what he knows to be stolen materials", said Rosenzweig, now a fellow at the R Street Institute think tank.

"There is no circumstance, whatsoever, under which I will bear false witness against the president", Stone said, adding, "I will not testify against the president".

Trump has previously defended Stone, seen as his Presidential election strategist and pivotal in him winning the 2016 race, by claiming his arrest was the 'Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!'

Two weeks later, Trump began bringing up Clinton's health on the campaign trail.

Roger Stone, a longtime political operative who was an official on the Trump campaign, is charged with 7 counts. Stone has a tattoo of the former president on his upper back.

Of course, as the indictment also makes clear, the special counsel has already managed to get its hands on plenty of Mr.

His activities have always been scrutinised by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Senate, and the charges are linked to an alleged Russian-led hack into the emails of Democratic Party officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He denied prosecutors' accusation that he repeatedly lied to the House Intelligence Committee, including when he said he had not discussed his pursuit of the stolen emails with any Trump campaign officials.

Stone has remained in Trump's orbit ever since, by turns serving as a lobbyist, business consultant, and political confidante.

Stone's problem, like Michael Flynn's, is not what he did but what he said about what he did.