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|January 27, 2019|
Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone indicted
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL ?Former Trump adviser Roger Stone was arrested Friday and charged with seven counts in the Mueller investigation, including witness tampering, false statements and obstruction. He was later released on a $250,000 bond with travel restrictions.
After the early morning arrest at his home, he appeared briefly in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wearing a blue polo shirt, jeans, and steel shackles on his wrists and ankles. The judge ordered him released on a $250,000 bond.
Speaking by telephone from the courthouse with Infowars.com, Stone asked for donations to his legal defense fund.
“I intend to fight for my life. There’s no circumstance under which I would plead guilty to these charges, there is no circumstance under which I would bear false witness against the president,?Stone said. “I will fight. I will not quit.?
With Stone’s indictment, the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has struck deep inside Trump’s inner circle, charging a long-standing friend of the president. The court filing charges Stone sought to gather information about hacked emails at the direction of an unidentified senior Trump campaign official, and then engaged in extensive efforts to keep secret the details of those efforts.
Trump tweeted angrily after the arrest. “Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better.?The president also suggested someone may have tipped off CNN to record video of the early morning arrest, though there were growing signs Thursday at the grand jury in Washington that Stone could be charged soon.
The indictment centers on Stone’s efforts to find out when potentially damaging emails internal to Hillary Clinton’s campaign would be released by Julian Assange, the leader of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. U.S. officials say Russian intelligence agents hacked Democrats and their email accounts and then shared them with WikiLeaks, which publicized them during the final months of the 2016 election.
Story Date: January 27, 2019