Armed FBI Agents Arrest Roger Stone In Predawn Raid

Posted January 26, 2019

Stone spoke to reporters after he was released from a Florida courthouse on Friday. And reading through the indictment, Stone is constantly involved in messy daytime soap-style drama and controversy.

Stone had predicted his own arrest for months, trying to raise money for his defense online while making sure to stay in Trump's good graces, perhaps with an eye on a presidential pardon down the road.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says his committee will investigate after President Donald Trump's longtime associate Roger Stone was arrested as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The special counsel alleges that Stone lied about his interactions with WikiLeaks to the House Intelligence Committee, according to the indictment (pdf). They say he also falsely claimed he didn't have documents requested by the committee when he did.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said that Trump did have a few phone calls with Stone during the campaign based on the phone records he reviewed.

Well known for his political antics and hard-ball tactics, Stone has reveled in being a Washington wheeler-dealer dating back to the Nixon administration.

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The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 actively sought the disclosure of emails the USA says were hacked by Russian Federation, then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Attorney Grant Smith, who represents Stone, did not return a phone message seeking comment Friday.

Mr Stone could then be seen in the doorway in his sleepwear before he was led away.

"I am innocent", Stone told Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website on which Stone is a frequent guest. He branded the conversation an "exclusive".

"I'm really thinking about it. Politics is ceasing to be fun".

Roger Stone is a political lobbyist and an ally of President Donald Trump.

From July 22, 2016, onward, WikiLeaks published troves of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Bannon, referred to as a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official", exchanged emails with Stone in October 2016 about WikiLeaks' plans. An associate of that official texted Stone after the release to say, "Well done". Corsi is referred to as Person 1 in the indictment, and Credico as Person 2.

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Stone still possessed many of those communications when he gave false testimony about them, prosecutors said in the indictment. 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". Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The president himself isn't accused of a crime. One, it shows that at least some senior members of the campaign were eager to coordinate with Wikileaks on the release of emails they felt would be damaging to the Clinton campaign, and that Stone profited internally by stoking the impression that he was a Wikileaks conduit.

Calling the Mueller investigation a "two-year inquisition", Stone insisted that "the charges relate in no way to Russian collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016 campaign".

The charges were unrelated to the President or the White House, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the arrest.

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