Roger Stone, an eccentric longtime Republican strategist with a tattoo of Richard Nixon’s face on his again, was arrested early Friday on legal expenses that embrace obstruction of an official continuing, false statements and witness tampering.
A federal grand jury impaneled by particular counsel Robert Mueller charged Stone in a seven-count indictment. FBI brokers arrested him at his dwelling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he appeared in courtroom later Friday.
CNN shared footage of FBI brokers arriving on the property:
Kristin Davis, the previous Manhattan madam, reportedly informed The Washington Submit’s Manuel Roig-Franzia that FBI brokers additionally executed a search warrant on the New York Metropolis house she shared with Stone.
Stone ― who labored on presidential campaigns for Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and others ― took credit score for Donald Trump’s presidential run and served as a casual adviser after he left Trump’s marketing campaign in August 2015.
He repeatedly has mentioned it was “a risk” that he could be indicted in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election and doable Trump marketing campaign collusion.
Stone has beforehand admitted to being involved with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks in the course of the Trump marketing campaign.
The indictment alleges he spoke “to senior Trump Marketing campaign officers” about WikiLeaks and “info it may 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, in response to the indictment, which refers to WikiLeaks as “Group 1.”
Stone’s legal professional, Grant Smith, mentioned in a press release that “there was no Russian collusion” and that the fees have been “a transparent try at silencing Roger.”
After showing in courtroom on Friday, Stone mentioned he plans to plead not responsible to the fees, saying he was “falsely accused” and calling the investigation “politically motivated.”
“I sit up for being totally and utterly vindicated,” he mentioned, whereas onlookers booed.
He additionally affirmed that he doesn’t plan to testify towards Trump, however wouldn’t say if he seeks a pardon from the president.
The July 2018 indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers in reference to the hack of a Democratic Nationwide Committee server in the course of the 2016 election referred to Stone as “an individual who was in common contact with senior members of the presidential marketing campaign of Donald J. Trump.”
Stone has described his contact with the Russians ― who used the deal with “Guccifer 2.zero” ― as “benign.” He informed The Washington Submit that he met with a Russian nationwide who needed to promote Trump damaging info on Hillary Clinton for a sum of $2 million. The person had beforehand labored as an informant for the FBI, however informed the Submit that he was not engaged on the FBI’s behalf when he met with Stone in Could 2016.
Stone’s indictment got here after his affiliate Randy Credico, a radio present host, testified earlier than the grand jury.
Stone, in response to the indictment, “on a number of events” round Dec. 1, 2017, informed Credico (“Individual 2”) that he ought to “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’” in his testimony earlier than the Home Everlasting Choose Committee on Intelligence “to keep away from contradicting Stone’s testimony.”
It was a reference to the “Frankie 5 Angels” character from “The Godather: Half II,” whom the indictment alleges Stone and Credico had beforehand mentioned. Within the movie, the character testifies and “claims to not know essential info that he does in truth know,” the indictment recounts.
Learn the indictment:
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