Roger Stone's arrest may hurt Trump's 'love' of Wikileaks

Roger Stone's arrest may hurt Trump's 'love' of Wikileaks

Kerry Wise
January 30, 2019

Stone was charged with seven criminal counts including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering and making false statements.

Former Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone claimed Monday that the ultimate goal of the Mueller investigation could be to charge President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with "some hoked up frame of Russian collusion" in order to gain the president of their choosing.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia have accused Stone of lying to congressional investigators about his communications regarding WikiLeaks' publication of stolen emails meant to damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016.

The indictment against Stone also says he told members of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that he had advance knowledge of plans by the WikiLeaks website to release damaging emails about Trump's Democratic opponent in 2016, Hillary Clinton.

He appeared on Tuesday in a blue suit, a bright blue tie and a pocket square. attorney Robert Buschel entered the plea. Mueller is investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Stone staged an impromptu news conference outside a Florida courthouse, made the rounds on weekend television and repeatedly mocked the probe on an Instagram account, including with a cartoonish-image of Mueller as a bowtie-wearing butler holding a tray with a hamburger roll - but no meat in between.

However, "not everyone thought Donald Trump folded like an origami swan", said Colbert. Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday by an FBI SWAT team.

During an interview following his arrest, Stone said that he would not be pressured to bear false witness against the president.

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The special counsel describes Stone as a conduit between the campaign and Wikileaks, which disseminated internal Democratic National Committee emails in the summer of 2016.

Stone told This Week he hasn't done anything wrong, but "if there's wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about - which I know of none - but if there is, I would certainly testify honestly". Stone's indictment revealed a link between Republican Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks, the online publisher of secret documents.

"'There were 17 vehicles with their lights going, including two armored vehicles in the front yard", Stone said.

"Remember, Trump brags that he only hires the best people, calls the Russian investigation a hoax, calls CNN fake news, and his government shutdown left FBI agents without pay", Meyers explained.

It's unclear whether Mueller's prosecutors will look to have Stone locked up pending trial or whether they will simply recommend conditions that would allow him to remain free on bond.

Before ending the program Martin yelled directly at the camera suggesting the president was watching and said, "Pardon me!"

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said working with WikiLeaks should be considered a crime because it was tantamount to cooperating with a foreign intelligence agency.