President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out after his longtime confidant Roger Stone was arrested as a part of particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
Trump’s tweet repeated his declare that the investigation is a “Witch Hunt” and appeared to make a reference to a conspiracy principle unfold by former Fox Information and CNN host Greta Van Susteren, who instructed with out proof that the “FBI clearly tipped off CNN,” which first reported Stone’s arrest.
Van Susteren issued a correction later, however not earlier than right-wing web sites like InfoWars and Drudge Report unfold the declare.
Stone — who had repeatedly stated that he anticipated to be indicted — has admitted to being involved with Russian intelligence officers throughout Trump’s marketing campaign, in addition to with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. A seven-count indictment charged him with obstruction of an official continuing, false statements and witness tampering.
The indictment alleges Stone spoke “to senior Trump Marketing campaign officers” about WikiLeaks and “info it might need had that might be damaging” to the marketing campaign of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the summertime earlier than the election. Stone was “contacted by senior Trump Marketing campaign officers to inquire about future releases” by WikiLeaks, the indictment provides.
A longtime Republican strategist identified for his “soiled tips,” Stone has been a casual adviser to Trump because the 1990s, when he was a lobbyist for Trump’s casinos.
The 2 have had an on-again-off-again relationship.
“Roger is a stone-cold loser,” Trump informed The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin in 2008. “He at all times tries taking credit score for issues he by no means did.”
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