What Roger Stone indictment means for Russian Federation probe, Trump

Jan 29, 2019, 00:46
What Roger Stone indictment means for Russian Federation probe, Trump

Roger Stone, the political operative and close friend of President Donald Trump who was arrested on Friday due to a seven-count indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, told ABC's George Stephanopolous that he is considering cooperating with authorities in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took Stone into custody from his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday morning.

Mueller may well have evidence of criminal coordination between Trump associates and Russian Federation that he has yet to reveal, but so far, he's focused repeatedly on those he believes have tried to throw federal or congressional investigators off the trail.

One must wonder of the media hyped Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Stone's property was created to help the public forget what they had done to those students. Bannon, referred to as a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official", exchanged emails with Stone in October 2016 about WikiLeaks' plans.

After news of his old friend's arrest, President Donald Trump slammed the Russian Federation investigation once again on Twitter, calling it the "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

Following the arrest, Trump questioned why CNN was on hand to film the arrest.

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Instead the prosecution mirrors other Mueller cases in alleging cover-ups and deception, accusing Stone of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election.

Then later, after WikiLeaks released hacked material from the Democratic National Committee on July 22, 2016, the indictment says a senior Trump campaign official "was directed" to contact Stone about additional releases and "what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had "regarding the Clinton campaign". "Stone is playing slovenly Democrat-aligned journalists like a fiddle, brilliantly inserting himself, as is his habit to raise his public profile and market his books", according to a Wikileaks spokesman who observed that Stone "was pushed out of the Trump team a long time ago for just this time of opportunism".

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When Trump began toying with declaring a White House bid in 2015, Stone was there, helping create the catchphrase "Build the wall" as shorthand for the celebrity businessman's commitment to hardline immigration policies.

Stone said any false statements he may have given to Congress would have been "immaterial and without intent". Many believe the remedy for criminal activity would be impeachment. He was released on a $250,000 bond. "Rather the indictment focuses on alleged false statements made to Congress". He has a tattoo of Nixon's face on his back.

U.S. prosecutors pointed to two other individuals, including an unnamed political commentator with an online publication who regularly spoke with Trump throughout the campaign, a description that matches Jerome Corsi.

Stone was only officially on the president's campaign for a few months, but would spin reporters, peddle conspiracies and, according to prosecutors, collaborate with WikiLeaks to release damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the final stretch of the 2016 campaign.

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That August, Stone tweeted that Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, would soon have "time in a barrel", suspiciously predicting trouble for him a full five weeks before Wikileaks released a batch of his emails. Numerous emails were made public by WikiLeaks, an online information gathering group that released thousands of once private or secret government documents.

The Kremlin has denied interfering in the election. Bernie Sanders. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chair in response.

Stone has remained in Trump's orbit ever since, by turns serving as a lobbyist, business consultant, and political confidante.

"The charges brought against Mr Stone have nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the White House", she told CNN. Why Stone did not do the same thing is not exactly clear, although apparently he anxious that it would make Trump look bad by implying that his former adviser had done something criminal.

"In Mueller's mind this is a campaign cavorting with the enemy", Zeldin said. Stone insisted that he quit.

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