Roger Stone: I'll Tell Mueller the Truth

Arturo Kim
January 29, 2019

Early this morning, a group of 29 heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation officers carried out a pre-dawn raid to apprehend the foppish 66-year-old Republican political consultant Roger Stone at the request of special counsel Robert Mueller.

The charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller reveal new details about how the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton.

"No, it says a senior campaign official was instructed to go back and they made sure to not-that's at the same paragraph where they were extremely particular in writing 'senior campaign official contacted, '" Nunberg argued before again conceding Trump's possible involvement, "it could be".

"I am falsely accused", Stone said. The political consultant called the investigation into him a 'witch hunt, ' and said a prosecutor can frame anyone they want and could 'indict a ham sandwich'.

But they don't definitively answer the key question in the Russian Federation probe: Did the Trump campaign coordinate with Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election?

Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, was arrested in Florida, and charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. He is due to be arraigned in federal court in Washington on Tuesday.

It says the Trump campaign directed a senior campaign official to contact Stone after the WikiLeaks release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and other groups on July 22, 2016.

Who's been charged in the Mueller probe? The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2015 Stone is said to have worked as an adviser during the presidential campaign.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Stone indictment was unrelated to the president.

Jimmy Gurule, a Notre Dame law professor and former Justice Department official, said that so far Mueller's Russian defendants stand accused of one set of crimes and the American ones accused of separate violations, without direct evidence linking the two.

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Stone told reporters he would not "bear false witness" against Trump as the investigation continues.

Later on September 26, 2017, Stone testified to the committee that "these hearings are largely based on a yet unproven allegation that the Russian state is responsible for the hacking of the DNC and [the Clinton Campaign chairman] and the transfer of that information" to WikiLeaks. Others cheered in support of Stone.

Mr Stone, who appeared at court in shackles later in the morning, did not enter a plea and was released on a $US250,000 ($348,000) bond.

For decades, Stone kept turning up in the centre of political controversies. He has a back tattoo of the late president's face.

There is no smoking gun when it comes to the question of Russian Federation collusion.

Organization 1 is referring to Wikileaks, which later released the damaging emails. The most convincing evidence that Stone did not collude on behalf of the Trump campaign with any foreign actors is that he bragged about having done so.

"At the very time that then-candidate Trump was publicly encouraging Russia's help in acquiring Clinton-related emails, his campaign was privately receiving information about the planned release of stolen Clinton emails", Schiff said in a statement.

The Kremlin has denied interfering with the 2016 election.

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