Trump confidant Stone charged with lying about hacked emails

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The Stone indictment said that he tipped off the campaign that Wikileaks - an organization suspected to have ties with Russian Federation - would release potentially damaging information about Trump's Democratic opponent. He later appeared in court on Friday with his ankles and waist shackled before being released on a $250,000 bond. "Nowhere in the Presidential Daily Diaries from 1972 to 1974 does the name "Roger Stone" appear". He did not enter a plea.

Stone said any false statements he may have given to Congress would have been "immaterial and without intent".

Some of those false statements were made to the House intelligence committee, according to the indictment.

The charging documents included new details about the alleged activities of Trump aides, including an incident in which a senior campaign official "was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organisation 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign". Stone says he would have voluntarily surrendered to federal officials.

He denied prosecutors' accusation that he repeatedly lied to the House Intelligence Committee, including when he said he had not discussed his pursuit of the stolen emails with any Trump campaign officials.

Mr Stone, who was arrested in the predawn darkness on Friday, faces one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements and one count of witness tampering, according to the special counsel's office.

Special counsel Robert Mueller.

He was arrested at his home in Florida during a pre-dawn Federal Bureau of Investigation raid. He said during an appearance on CNN late Friday that he has also "never" spoken with Trump about the possibility of a presidential pardon.

In the 1980s, Trump hired Stone, then a Washington lobbyist, to represent him in the nation's capital to deal with "a number of small but important issues" involving the businessman's Atlantic City casinos and other properties.

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

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Stone was allegedly unaware at this point that an indictment was coming. And while Mr. Stone likely has limited value as a cooperating witness - it's hard to put someone on the stand after charging them with lying to obstruct justice - the charges against him provide leverage in the event his cooperation is needed to unlock those devices by supplying a cryptographic passphrase.

After his release from custody, Roger Stone told reporters his arrest was politically motivated. After a knock, one agent says, "FBI".

Stone described his style of doing politics in a 2018 interview with The New Yorker, both of which will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in U.S. politics since Donald Trump took office in 2016.

The Mueller investigation reportedly took a toll on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's finances as well.

If you follow politics closely, you've heard of Roger Stone and probably know his history as a "dirty trickster" - a label he wears proudly. Stone and a "supporter involved with the Trump Campaign", Mr. Mueller pointedly quotes Mr.

In the Russian Federation investigation, one Trump aide after another has been accused of lying to investigators, or encouraging others to do so, about Russia-related contacts during the campaign and transition period. Stone has a tattoo of the former president on his upper back.

Trump's critics noted that the arrest showed Mueller's probe getting closer to the president himself.

A crowd chanted "Lock Him Up", riffing on the "Lock Her Up" chant that Trump and his surrogates led against Clinton at rallies in 2016.

Stone became a lobbyist for Trump and in 1998 made the first of what would become a recurring suggestion - that he should run for president.

In his ABC interview, Stone suggested that official was Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, but he called that speculation on his part and said he never spoke about the matter with Gates.

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