Trump confidant Roger Stone charged with lying about hacked emails


Special counsel Robert Mueller. It's a familiar pattern in Washington, where scandals from Watergate to Iran-Contra and Whitewater have mushroomed into presidency-imperiling affairs due to efforts to hide and mislead.

As Stone recalled in a 2016 interview with PBS' Frontline program, Trump, a brash real estate developer and a registered Republican at the time, offered to help the campaign even though "he emphasized that he was a businessman, that he wasn't that political".

Stone was charged with seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering, according to the office of Mueller, who is conducting the Russian Federation investigation.

"There's sort of two possible ways this investigation could end up".

The charges against him relate in "no way" to Russian collusion, he said.

"I think the way I was treated on Thursday is extraordinary".

Roger Stone, the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump who was indicted last week in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said he hasn't ruled out cooperating with Mueller's team. It nearly felt as if Stone knew that Mueller was going after Trump and trying to use him as a means to get to him.

"Roger Jason Stone, Jr., 66, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale today following an indictment by a federal grand jury on January 24, 2019, in the District of Columbia", a statement released by the Special Counsel states. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, mocked the case as "nothing more than another false statement charge" and speculated without evidence that Mueller's inquiry was nearing an end.

"Again, I think it is created to intimidate me or perhaps seek personal information that can be used to embarrass me that has nothing to do with Wikileaks, Russia, the 2016 campaign or anything else".

"As I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about", Stone said to reporters and the raucous crowd heckling him.

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The indictment against Stone alleges that the 66-year-old was the middle man between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Wikileaks, which had damaging information on Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

Mr Stone still possessed many of those communications when he gave false testimony about them, prosecutors said in the indictment.

Some takeaways from the indictment against Stone.

"This has been rumoured to be coming down for several months, so Roger and his legal team are ready to fight these charges in court", Mr Caputo said.

It adds to the growing list of Trump associates who have been charged in the special counsel's probe. It is unclear when the investigation might end. In a circus-like atmosphere outside the courthouse, as supporters cheered him on and jeering spectators shouted "Lock Him Up", Stone proclaimed his innocence and predicted his vindication.

He faces charges that include witness tampering and making false statements.

If the indictment is created to jump-start a protracted game of wordsmithing - in which dueling lawyers parse phrases uttered by Stone when he voluntarily appeared before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to testify about matters already widely known publicly (and to the committee) - the indictment certainly lit that fuse.

Stone told Congress he had no contact with two alleged intermediaries to WikiLeaks, when in fact, prosecutors showed, he was in frequent contact with both parties, including 30 text messages exchanged with one party on the very day Stone denied it.

The president himself isn't accused of a crime.