Trump adviser Roger Stone charged in Mueller inquiry

Stone was arrested Friday in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.

The DNC emails sowed division among Democratic voters by appearing to show party officials favored Clinton over the insurgent candidacy of Sen.

During Trump's elections campaign, Stone repeatedly boasted about having links to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, yet later backtracked on such statements.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday issued a blistering statement, hours after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested President Trump's long-time ally Roger Stone.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBillionaire investor says he'd back primary challenger to Trump: report Trump donates 0,000 from salary to alcoholism research How the government will reopen MORE on Saturday attempted to shift attention surrounding the indictment of his former informal adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneMueller's selective prosecution of Stone, Venezuelan-style Trump seeks to shift narrative after Stone indictment Mueller hunt for Russian Federation collusion turns into circus show with Stone MORE.

He said he's had "zero" conversations with the president during or since the 2016 campaign about Russian Federation or the Mueller investigation.

What exactly is Stone being charged with?

While the indictment provides some new insight into the Trump campaign, it deals largely with what prosecutors say were Stone's false statements about his conversations with a conservative writer and conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, and a NY radio host, Randy Credico.

Stone responded on Instagram: "Hey Nancy!" In releasing him on $250,000 bond, a magistrate judge restricted Stone's travel to South Florida, Washington and New York City and ordered him to avoid contact with witnesses.

Roger Stone reacts as he walks to microphones after his appearance at Federal Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 25, 2019.

"I don't recall that Roger ever said that he was under instructions from anyone in the campaign" to contact WikiLeaks, Corsi said.

"There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president", he said Friday. He is expected to appear in court later today.

He maintained his innocence though was at times inaudible because of loud boos and chants of "Lock him up!" He has said he plans to plead not guilty to the charges.

What links Stone to the email hack?

A second figure identified by prosecutors as part of the alleged chain connecting the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, the conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, denied on Sunday that he had advance knowledge of what WikiLeaks planned to publish during the election about Clinton.

Jackie Speier told MSNBC's Ari Melber, Stone's arrest could just be one of many dominoes still to fall.

Roger Stone is a political lobbyist and an ally of President Donald Trump.

On Friday, Mr Podesta referenced the cryptic tweet in a post about Mr Stone's indictment, noting it was "Roger's time in the barrel".

"At the very time that then-candidate Trump was publicly encouraging Russia's help in acquiring Clinton-related emails, his campaign was privately receiving information about the planned release of stolen Clinton emails", Schiff said in a statement.

After Wikileaks released its second batch of emails, Stone bragged to "senior Trump Campaign officials" that he had correctly predicted the data dump, according to the indictment.

During the interview, Stone is expected to react to his indictment, revealed Friday morning, as part of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.


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