Stone indictment 'has nothing to do with' Trump: White House

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He was charged with five counts of making false statements, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstruction of official proceedings. He also said Stone did not receive documents from WikiLeaks ahead of their public release. Both men are supporters of Wikileaks, which published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee to help Trump win the election.

According to the indictment, between June and July of 2016, Stone told "senior Trump campaign officials" about the stolen emails in WikiLeaks' possession that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton. Most of the charges stem from Stone's connection to WikiLeaks.

Kevin Lamarque / ReutersRoger Stone, who has a long reputation as a GOP "dirty trickster", was arrested Friday morning on a seven-count indictment.

Stone was released on a $250,000 bond and slapped with strict travel restrictions, according to ABC News. But, given that the agents who arrested Stone haven't been paid in a month, I'm instead going to laud them for waking up at dawn o'clock to see that justice was done.

Stone has described his contact with the Russians ― who used the handle "Guccifer 2.0" ― as "benign".

In 2017, Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he didn't recall having a conversation with Stone "basically past the first week or two of our campaign", and that "I didn't really deal with Roger too much".

Federal agents stormed Roger Stone's Florida home before dawn Friday, arresting the longtime Republican strategist on charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"FBI open the door!" one shouts.

Dershowitz noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducts dramatic arrests like this one - which was caught on camera by a CNN crew - when they're dealing with the mafia or if they think the subject will try to run.

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Berman pressed Sanders once more about whether it was Trump who directed Bannon. But none of the Trump associates connected to Trump have been charged with crimes related to collusion.

"I am falsely accused", Stone said outside the court in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, declaring himself "troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors".

Though not uncommon for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to make early-morning arrests of targets under indictment, it's the first time Mr Mueller has used that tactic. "Stone made to Congress", lawyer Jay Sekulow told Reuters in a statement.

Trump reacted to the news on Twitter, calling Mueller's investigation the "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!" and added: "NO COLLUSION!"

Trump also tweets that "Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better". The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone. "Did the president direct someone to contact Roger Stone?".

Hunter Pollack, brother of Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting victim Meadow Pollack, lights a menorah during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, another Trump associate, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is also due to appear in court Friday to argue that he did not breach his plea agreement with Mueller. Stone asked Credico to send an article to Assange, and to ask Assange to send him "any State or HRC email" that would "confirm this narrative". Yet, the document outlines different occasions in which "Stone and Person 2 engaged in frequent written communication by email and text message".

Stone allegedly called the associate "a rat", threatened his dog and invoked The Godfather Mafia movies in a bid to stop him from testifying.