Stone will contest U.S. charges 'vigorously': lawyer

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump
Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

26 January, 2019

About a dozen officers with heavy weapons and tactical vests fanned out across Stone's lawn while one officer beamed a flashlight into Stone's front door, and shouted, "FBI".

Stone is scheduled to make a court appearance later Friday. He did not enter a plea. WikiLeaks, which is referred to as "Organization 1" in the indictment, did not respond to a request for comment.

When Roger Stone allegedly wanted to threaten a key witness in the Mueller investigation, he went after the target's dog. Stone is charged with witness tampering, obstruction and false statements stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Open the door", before adding, "FBI. Now that Stone has been arrested and indicted for his own alleged false statements about this, Corsi suddenly appears a lot friendlier towards the Special Counsel's Office. The indictment cites several messages, some of which have already been public, that Stone sent to Credico a year ago.

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

The 24-page indictment of South Florida shyster Roger Stone could be the best thing to happen to Florida politics ever.

"The charges brought against Mr". They also at one point took in a wheaten terrier they found injured on a roadside, he said; its leg was later amputated.

Trump expressed confidence last month that Stone would ultimately stay loyal to his cause, despite mounting pressure from the ongoing FBI investigation.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before he ran for president.

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"By in or around early August 2016, STONE was claiming both publicly and privately to have communicated with Organization 1".

The seven-count indictment lays out a series of contacts between Stone and senior campaign officials deep into 2016 concerning the release of hacked information about Hillary Clinton's campaign by WikiLeaks, a group linked to the Russian government.

According to a grand jury indictment released by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, a senior Trump campaign official had spoken with Stone about the damaging information.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the indictment "does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else".

Though no officials are identified by name, one Trump campaign aide cited in the case is Steve Bannon, who later became Trump's chief White House strategist. It also says Stone was contacted by "senior Trump campaign officials" to inquire about future WikiLeaks releases of hacked Democratic emails. The indictment quotes from those emails, which had previously been made public by news outlets. Stone warned Credico he would get "indicted for perjury" because he could contradict Stone's testimony.

The document quotes Stone encouraging Credico to cover up Stone's false statements to the House intelligence committee by doing "a Frank Pentangeli", a reference to a character in The Godfather: Part II who lies before Congress.

Prosecutors accuse the political provocateur of threatening an associate who hosted a radio program, likely to be Credico, in an apparent attempt to stop the unnamed person from testifying to investigators. Let's get it on.

But early this month, Stone acknowledged to Bloomberg that the focus on him was intensifying, as Mueller and his team obtained his congressional testimony.

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