Trump Confidant Roger Stone Claims Innocent After FBI Arrest

Trump Confidant Roger Stone Claims Innocent After FBI Arrest

Trump Confidant Roger Stone Claims Innocent After FBI Arrest

He complains "who alerted CNN to be there?" in an apparent reference to the network's footage of Stone's pre-dawn arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home. He did not enter a plea.

The indictment had been expected - Stone has said for months he was prepared to be charged, although he has denied any wrongdoing. The indictment alleged a senior Trump campaign official was directed by an unnamed person to make contact with Stone about WikiLeaks releases that could affect the Clinton campaign negatively.

For months, Stone has warned that he could be indicted, saying in public he believed Mueller was investigating whether he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign. "STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1", prosecutors wrote.

Stone was indicted on charges that he lied to the House intelligence panel about conversations he had about the website WikiLeaks and that he obstructed Mueller's probe. Stone was a consultant to the Trump campaign. Credico ultimately appeared before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury in September 2018.

Some of those false statements were made to the House intelligence committee, prosecutors allege. Corsi is referred to as Person 1 in the indictment, and Credico as Person 2.

The seemingly too-perfect scenario of CNN being the only outlet on scene as the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Stone's home sparked allegations that CNN had been tipped off to the arrest. Stone said he quit, citing Trump clashes with the media, namely then-Fox News' Megyn Kelly, which he said distracted from the candidate's message.

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Stone was granted release on a $250,000 signature bond after a federal magistrate judge ruled that he was not a flight risk, The Hill reported, adding, "He will also not have to pay any money as part of the bond, as long as he appears during all upcoming court proceedings". White House officials could not be immediately reached.

White House Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to CNN that the charges against Stone "don't have anything to do with the president, adding that "this is something that has to do exclusively with that individual". "The whole Russian Federation investigation is a distraction from the real crimes of the Clintons and the Obamas", Stone said.

"Also on or about October 3, 2016, STONE received an email from a reporter who had connections to a high-ranking Trump Campaign official that asked, '[the head of Organization 1] - what's he got?" What I can tell you is that these specific charges that have been brought against Mr. An associate of that official texted Stone after the release to say, "Well done".

Stone has publicly denigrated the Mueller investigation and echoed the president's descriptions of it as a witch hunt.

Well known for his political antics and hard-ball tactics, Stone has reveled in being a Washington wheeler-dealer dating back to the Nixon administration. "Roger intends to fight these trumped up baseless charges".

The indictment alleges he spoke "to senior Trump Campaign officials" about WikiLeaks and "information it might have had that would be damaging" to the campaign of Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the summer before the election.

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