Trump associate arrested, faces obstruction charge

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

The video shows an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent banging on the door and shouting "FBI open the door!" And some of those communications were very much requests for information that Stone wanted from Wikileaks: "I am e-mailing u a request to pass on to [Assange]", Stone texted Credico on September 18, 2016, according to the indictment.

Roger Stone, Trump's longest-serving political advisor, has been arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for lying to the investigators with regards to Mueller's Russian Federation probe. He was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

"I am falsely accused", Stone said outside the court in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, declaring himself "troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors". Stone, who was in his pajamas, came to his doorway.

He has faced scrutiny for his support for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he implied he had access to information obtained by hackers that could embarrass Democrats, including Trump's rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton.

The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti- secrecy website that published the emails, or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. Now, Stone's indictment as part of Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election could spell danger for Trump's presidency.

"'Stonewall it. Plead the fifth", Stone wrote in a text message to Credico.

The following year, Stone urged a real estate developer in NY to run for president: his name was Donald Trump.

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The indictment details Stone's communications about WikiLeaks but does not show whether Stone's predictions about future releases were based on educated guesswork or actual intelligence he received from his associates. In releasing him on bond, a magistrate judge restricted Stone's travel to South Florida, Washington and New York City and ordered him to avoid contact with witnesses.

"I'd tell [the high-ranking Trump Campaign official] but he doesn't call me back", said Stone in an email, according to the indictment.

"On or about October 4, 2016, the head of Organization 1 held a press conference but did not release any new materials pertaining to the Clinton Campaign".

Starting in August 2016, Stone began claiming privately and publicly that he was communicating with WikiLeaks. The indictment alleges that Stone lied to the committee, among other charges.

Repeating numerous same denials made to Jones, Stone also vowed that he would never, unlike the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, testify against Trump.

Although Stone later left the campaign in an official capacity, he continued to informally advise then candidate Trump.

In the indictment of Stone, however, Mueller's team alleges that a top Trump campaign official directed Stone to contact WikiLeaks regarding the hack and release of thousands of Democratic emails.

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