Trump Says Stone Didn’t Work for Him `Anywhere Near Election'

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He decried his arrest as motivated by the president's political enemies and as an example of overreach by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating 2016 election interference and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Lauderdale, Florida in the early morning hours, Stone remained belligerent after posting bail on Friday afternoon.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed the investigation.

He had started his post writing: 'CBS reports that in the Roger Stone indictment, data was 'released during the 2016 Election to damage Hillary Clinton.' Oh really!

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.

Trump was silent for much of Friday after news of the arrest broke, but late in the afternoon, he tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

Mr Stone published a book, The Making of the President 2016, after helping Mr Trump to power.

Stone, who is set to be arraigned in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, has predicted he won't be convicted in his case.

"This has been rumoured to be coming down for several months, so Roger and his legal team are ready to fight these charges in court", Mr Caputo said. "Let me just say I look forward to total and complete vindication".

Stone said he "categorically" had not destroyed or discarded communications devices, hard drives or other evidence.

He appeared briefly in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wearing blue jeans and a blue polo.

Stone was pressed by Stephanopoulos after claiming "I did forget on some occasions" about damning texts and emails procured by investigators given that he'd previously testified about correspondence with associate Randy Credico on the same day. Stone "subsequently told the supporter". According to the indictment, Stone continued to speak publicly and with the Trump campaign about potential future releases by WikiLeaks. He has a tattoo of Nixon's face on his back.

Nunberg and Reid then parsed some of the language from the indictment.

WikiLeaks, which is referred to as "Organisation 1" in the indictment, did not respond to a request for comment. "There's no circumstance under which I would plead guilty to these charges". Stone, who was in his pajamas, came to his doorway. Stone went on to boast that he had correctly predicted the October 7 release.

The high-ranking official is believed to be former Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Stone has faced scrutiny for his support for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he implied he had access to information obtained by hackers that could embarrass Democrats.

That August, Stone tweeted that Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, would soon have "time in a barrel", suspiciously predicting trouble for him a full five weeks before Wikileaks released a batch of his emails. The Kremlin has always denied meddling in the United States election.

The charges are linked to an alleged Russian-led hack into the emails of Democratic Party officials. Bernie Sanders. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chair in response.

Stone's ties to Trump go back decades.

In 1988, as Reagan's second term was winding down, Stone arranged for Trump to travel to New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary, to address a crowd of 2,000 well-wishers.