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 United States says were hacked by Russian Federation, then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The indictment does not specify whether Stone's communications occurred before or after the initial WikiLeaks release on July 22, alleging instead that he informed campaign officials "by in or around June and July 2016". But identity of the "senior Trump Campaign official", and of the person who "directed" this official to use Stone for information about what WikiLeaks was doing is anyone's guess.
Stone insisted that he's innocent.
Roger Stone, a political strategist and long-time ally of President Donald Trump, has been arrested in Florida. "When they could simply have contacted my attorney, and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily".
He declared himself the target of "a politically motivated investigation" and criticised the manner of his arrest. Thus this rough treatment - at least compared to the average white-collar criminal; he wasn't beaten senseless or shot outright - gives every sign of being an attempt to coerce Stone into rolling on Trump and anyone else who was involved.
Mr Trump today called the investigation the "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"
CNN's John Berman questioned White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the indictment Friday. The charges came just after Stone told Fox News that he faced financial devastation due to the legal costs he already incurred without even receiving any formal charges. I am falsely accused of making false statements during my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
Mueller's indictment of Stone suggests he was not an isolated actor, but was working at the direction of a much broader scheme within the Trump campaign. He added, "I don't know that he had an actual role in our campaign".
Credico had said that Stone threatened him after he publicly denied being Stone's back-channel connection to WikiLeaks during the campaign.
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The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that emails had been stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign.
But, Trump and the Republicans will continue to move the goalposts. When Trump considered running ahead of the 2012 and 2016 elections, Stone was one of the first consultants he turned to.
Prosecutors allege that Stone lied to Congress in 2017 when he denied asking an intermediary to contact WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the campaign. "Prepare to die (expletive)", Stone also wrote to Credico. He went on to work for Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign and served as a political director on Reagan's second bid for president in 1980, which sent him to the White House. Further, he is also being charged with lying to the Special Counsel about "his communications with the Trump Campaign" about Wikileaks.
Interested in Russia Investigation? The investigation has laid bare multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the campaign and transition period and efforts by several to hide those communications.
Prosecutors did not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked the emails.
"Any error I made in my testimony would be both immaterial and without intent", he said as the crowd chanted "Lock him up!"
Stone briefly worked for the Trump campaign but left in August 2015. Stone said he quit, citing Trump clashes with the media, namely then-Fox News' Megyn Kelly, which he said distracted from the candidate's message.