Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Roger Stone: Trump ally, political strategist and Nixon fan

Roger Stone: Trump ally, political strategist and Nixon fan

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, left, walks to the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with Roger Stone, the director of Trump's presidential exploratory committee, October 25, 1999, for the swearing-in of Trump's sister as a federal appeals court judge.

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 agents arrested him on Friday on charges of obstruction, giving false statements, and witness tampering in relation to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Stone said Friday afternoon that he would plead not guilty and would not "bear false witness against the President". He is expected to appear in court later today.

The indictment filed on Friday include communications with others suggesting he may have had advance knowledge of plans by Wikileaks to release hacked emails.

"But when you say they have no proof, Roger, to be honest with you I have not seen an indictment connected to this probe that has more proof than this one does of communications that you have had that prove that you didn't tell the truth to Congress". Those Podesta messages, which turned into a damaging story for the Clinton campaign, were released that October 7th, just hours after a 2005 video of Trump bragging about groping women was unearthed.

Stone's ties to Trump go back four decades.

How did Roger Stone respond?

The document says that by June and July 2016, Stone had told senior Trump campaign officials that he had information indicating that WikiLeaks had obtained documents that could be damaging to Clinton's campaign.

Born in CT in 1952, Mr Stone first got involved in politics at the age of 8, agitating for Democratic candidate John F Kennedy. Stone has said he had no inside information about the contents of the emails or the timing of when they'd be released.

During the Fox News interview, Stone also alleged that Rick Gates or Steve Bannon could have potentially provided "false witness" against him in the Mueller investigation.

Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The network has said it sent a camera crew to Stone's house following a hunch after grand jury activity the previous day.

Stone, who asserted that he resigned from the campaign, continued supporting Trump throughout 2016.

"As I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about", Stone said to reporters and the raucous crowd heckling him.

The indictment 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, then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Trump appeared to reference Stone's arrest and indictment in an early morning tweet.

The indictment referred to an October 2016 email from a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official" asking Stone to inquire about future releases of emails by "Organization 1". Stone pledged to fight the charges and reiterated his support for Trump, a man who he supports politically and considers a close friend. In his own telling, he was at the centre of an unruly demonstration during the 2000 presidential recount in Florida that pressured officials to halt the tally and helped give the White House to Republican George W. Bush.

The indictment described in detail numerous emails and text messages "during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails".

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