Roger Stone: Trump ally, political strategist and Nixon fan

26 January, 2019, 01:44 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Roger Stone an associate of President Donald Trump has been arrested in Florida according to special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Officials say Stone faces charges including witness tampering obstruction and false statements

He is expected to appear in court later today.

Stone, a veteran political operative, is one of the closest Trump associates to be charged by Mueller, who is examining potential collusion between Trump " s campaign and Russian Federation.

The indictment's wording does not say who on the campaign knew about Stone's quest, but makes clear it was multiple people. His case will be transferred to Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump's longtime friend and veteran political operative Roger Stone has been indicted on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. "STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1", prosecutors wrote.

The indictment against Stone, the Associated Press reports, "provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that emails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign and wanted them released" and "alleges that unnamed senior Trump campaign officials contacted Stone to ask when the stolen emails might be disclosed". He says his committee will be eager to learn who directed the official.

Stone said he is "preparing" for his next scheduled court appearance next week in Washington.

But while the charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office are potentially serious, they were, once again, glaringly absent of a key accusation, one President Trump made sure to point out in his response online: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

"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", Caputo told Reuters.

Some takeaways from the indictment against Stone. He went on to work for Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign and served as a political director on Reagan's second bid for president in 1980, which sent him to the White House.

Stone's indictment, available online, contains concrete examples of contradictions between the political advisor's statements and what was later found to be the truth by prosecutors.

In referring to Trump campaign officials and their desire to leverage hacked emails, the case brings Mueller's investigation into the president's inner-circle but it does not accuse the president of any wrongdoing or reveal whether he had advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks trove.

Roger Stone is a political lobbyist and an ally of President Donald Trump.

But Mr Stone would begin his professional career helping out on Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign.

Stone has also previously insisted that he would never testify against Trump.

The indictment described in detail numerous emails and text messages "during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails".

Stone had predicted his own arrest for months, trying to raise money for his defense online while making sure to stay in Trump's good graces, perhaps with an eye on a presidential pardon down the road.

The Mueller investigation has also focused on Mr Stone's communications with Twitter persona Guccifer 2.0, which United States intelligence officials say is a front for Russian military intelligence.

He has said he learned from Randy Credico, a NY radio host, that WikiLeaks had the emails and planned to disclose them.

Trump's outside lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment on the indictment earlier on Friday. Stone don't have anything to do with the president'.



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