Roger Stone downplays 'process crime' after arrest by Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested on Mueller indictment
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29 January, 2019

He and was released on a US$250,000 bond.

The following month, Credico pleaded the 5th Amendment to evade an interview with the House Intelligence Committee. He was arrested Friday for lying to investigators and trying to tamper with a witness.

Stone added that he would "also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president", but said their discussions were "political in nature" and denied that they spoke about Russian Federation or Mueller's investigation during or after the 2016 campaign.

The seven-count indictment from Robert Mueller's investigation, provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 actively sought the disclosure of emails the USA says were hacked by Russian Federation and then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

He appeared briefly in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wearing blue jeans and a blue polo.

"You know, that's a question I have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion", Stone replied.

"First of all, I always said that there could be some process crime", Stone told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time".

The indictment showed Stone using language evoking mob bosses - and even citing a "Godfather" movie - as he called an unnamed associate facing Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiries "a rat" and "a stoolie" in a series of profanity-laced messages.

Prosecutors say Mr Stone was also contacted by unnamed "senior Trump campaign officials" to inquire about future Wikileaks releases.

Speculation about the specific "senior Trump Campaign official" referred to in the section above has run rampant since Stone's indictment and is unlikely to cease any time soon.

The high-ranking official is believed to be former Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon, according to a person familiar with the matter. The campaign said it fired him after he tried to grab too much of the spotlight while Stone insisted that he quit.

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Though those allegations don't form the basis of any of the charges against Stone, their inclusion in the 24-page indictment could signal that Mueller isn't done with that prong of the investigation. Speaking to a crowd outside the courthouse Friday, Stone denied the charges.

Stone told Congress he had no contact with two alleged intermediaries to WikiLeaks, when in fact, prosecutors showed, he was in frequent contact with both parties, including 30 text messages exchanged with one party on the very day Stone denied it. "Stone is not hiding; quite the contrary". Stone, a self-described "dirty trickster" who idolizes Nixon, may be living out a fantasy of sorts as he stares down seven counts coming from a special counsel that's already secured multiple guilty pleas and verdicts.

"It's disappointing how this was handled".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, appearing on CNN Friday morning, said, "This has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House".

At this point, Reid interjected to ask, "Could it be Donald Trump?".

Stone has a knack for commanding attention: He sports impeccably tailored suits and close-cropped bleach blond hair and is willing to say just about anything.

Congressional hearings in 1973 called to investigate the Watergate scandal reportedly revealed Mr Stone had hired a Republican operative to infiltrate Democratic candidate George McGovern's campaign, and sabotaged a Republican challenger to Nixon.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing political commentator and conspiracy theorist, confirmed on Friday he is "Person 1" cited in the indictment of Roger Stone and said he no longer believed he would be charged as part of the US special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

Stone's problem, like Michael Flynn's, is not what he did but what he said about what he did. "Hillary's campaign will die this week'".

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta speaks to members of the media outside Clinton's home in Washington, Oct. 5, 2016.

The indictment does not say Mr Stone committed any criminal activity during the election.


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