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Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested on Mueller indictment

Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested on Mueller indictment”

The indictment alleges that after the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee and FBI began investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Stone "took steps to obstruct these investigations" by making false statements to the House Intelligence Committee and attempting to persuade a witness to provide false testimony.

Officials had swooped on his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday and arrested him.

People close to Stone have predicted Trump could pardon him if he's convicted of any of the charges, The New York Times reported.

Stone, a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" and ally of U.S. President Donald Trump for 40 years, was arrested on Friday on charges of lying to Congress about the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign.

A self-described "dirty trickster" with a taste for loud suits and colorful language, Stone, 66, has known Trump since the late 1970s when Stone, a young veteran of Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election team, was campaigning for another Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan, and courting supporters for his campaign in NY. Trump calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt." . "NO COLLUSION!", Trump said on Twitter, using his most common slur for the Mueller probe. The Kremlin has always denied meddling in the United States election.

Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrested on seven Mueller probe charges
But if an already "senior" official "was directed" to contact Stone, few would presumably have the authority to do such directing. Born in CT in 1952, Mr Stone first got involved in politics at the age of 8, agitating for Democratic candidate John F Kennedy.

Stone said he thinks he was targeted because he is a longtime friend of Trump and helped Trump to defeat Clinton. He has said he was not involved in Watergate and immortalized his love for the 37th president with the smiling Nixon tattoo on his back. "He forgot to tell something to Congress and what it was was immaterial".

"Roger Jason Stone, Jr., 66, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale today following an indictment by a federal grand jury on January 24, 2019, in the District of Columbia", a statement released by the Special Counsel states. He was released on $250,000 bond and will make his first court appearance Tuesday in Washington, where the case was brought. After WikiLeaks denied any direct communication with Stone, he said he had been in touch with an "intermediary", who at that point seems to have been Jerome Corsi, a conservative writer and conspiracy theorist.

In this March 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

"The president did nothing wrong".

After WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016, released hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, the indictment says, a senior Trump campaign official "was directed" to contact Stone about additional releases and "what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had "regarding the Clinton campaign".

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In his ABC interview, Stone suggested that official was Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, but he called that speculation on his part and said he never spoke about the matter with Gates.

Stone responded that "Organisation 1" would release "a load every week going forward".

But days later Mr Stone wrote a piece for Business Insider in support of the Republican candidate, titled "The man who just resigned from Donald Trump's campaign explains how Trump can still win".

The charges stem from what prosecutors say were Stone's efforts to hide the nature of his discussions during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Harry Sandick, another former federal prosecutor, said: "We would need to know more facts to determine if a crime were committed, such as what the president knew, when he knew it and what his intent was if he gave the instruction".

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