FBI Agents Arrest Longtime Trump Confidant Roger Stone

FBI Agents Arrest Longtime Trump Confidant Roger Stone

FBI Agents Arrest Longtime Trump Confidant Roger Stone

Pounding on his door, one agent said: "FBI".

They were there staking out Stone because there was just enough evidence lurking in the special counsel's activity over the past week that CNN's team covering the Mueller investigation placed a bet that Stone could be arrested as early as Friday.

What exactly is Stone being charged with? And the intelligence committee past year voted to release a transcript of Stone's testimony to Mueller as a precursor to an indictment. A judge released him on a $250,000 bond and ordered him to limit his travel to South Florida, New York City and Washington.

After his court appearance, Mr Stone spoke on the phone to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his radio programme Infowars. "They've tried hard, but I didn't do anything illegal". He has maintained his innocence. After a knock, one agent says, "FBI". The raid had "terrorized" his wife, he said - and his dogs.

What links Stone to the email hack?

Armed and armored Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rolled onto Trump associate Stone's front lawn in the early hours of Friday morning to knock on his door and take him away on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment. He also said Stone did not receive documents from WikiLeaks ahead of their public release.

Over the years, Stone served as a northeast regional political director for Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, and also a political consultant or campaign manager to other Republicans, including Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jack Kemp, Prescott Bush, and the former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean.

Stone has previously admitted to being in contact with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks during the Trump campaign.

Stone said he is "falsely accused" of making false statements to the House intelligence committee.

A key passage in the indictment uses the passive voice and states that a "senior Trump Campaign official" was "directed" to contact Stone about WikiLeaks to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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After the July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, the indictment says, a senior Trump campaign official "was directed" to contact Stone about additional releases and "what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had "regarding the Clinton campaign".

His campaign activities have always been under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

On or about May 21, 2018, Person 2 wrote in an email to STONE, "You should have just been honest with the house Intel committee. you've opened yourself up to perjury charges like an idiot".

Over the next three decades, Stone would repeatedly encourage Trump - whose celebrity status grew more solidified by his foray into reality television - to seek the presidency. The investigation has laid bare multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the campaign and transition period and efforts by several to hide those communications.

"Categorically not, no. Absolutely not", Stone said.

"This was supposed to be about Russian collusion, and it appears to be an effort to silence or punish the president's supporters and his advocates", he told NBC's "Meet The Press" in May.

The list also includes his former presidential campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's colleague, Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

"Shortly after Organization 1's release, an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read 'well done.'" (Page 9). However, it was his time inside the Trump campaign that Mueller and congressional investigators have focused on. He has said he was not involved in Watergate and immortalized his love for the 37th president with the smiling Nixon tattoo on his back.

"The President did nothing wrong", she told CNN.

"I will not testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him", Stone added.

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