Donald Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

Cheryl Sanders
January 31, 2019

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, left, walks to the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with Roger Stone, the director of Trump's presidential exploratory committee, October 25, 1999, for the swearing-in of Trump's sister as a federal appeals court judge.

Later, the Stone will have to be disabled according to the prosecution, the investigations in Congress, the alleged Russian cyber-interventions in the election campaign and the role of Wikileaks.

'After the July 22, 2016, release of stolen (Democratic National Committee) emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign.

His activities have always been scrutinised by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Senate, and the charges are linked to an alleged Russian-led hack into the emails of Democratic Party officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. "STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1", prosecutors wrote'.

It says that people in the highest levels of the Trump campaign were trying to find out WikiLeaks' plans to release derogatory information on Clinton, and Stone was the chosen conduit in that effort.

The charges stem from what prosecutors say were Stone's efforts to hide the nature of his discussions during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Stone had criticized Mueller's investigations, referred to Trump as a "witch-hunt", in the past also.

Law enforcement shined a flashlight into Stone's front door before one officer rapped against it, shouting, 'FBI.

A grand jury had heard from witnesses connected to Stone. Trump, who often blasts CNN as "fake news", was repeating a conspiracy theory that the Federal Bureau of Investigation tipped off the network to Stone's arrest.

Stone has said he had no inside information about the contents of the emails in WikiLeaks' possession or the timing of when they would be released.

Amid renewed interest in Stone's ties to the Nixon administration, the Nixon Foundation on Friday scrambled to distance itself from Stone, stating that his contributions to the Nixon presidency didn't extend beyond serving as a junior scheduler during his student days.

"Aras Agalarov, a Russian billionaire who hosted a Miss Universe pageant with Mr. Trump in Moscow, and the billionaire's son, Emin, reached out to Mr. Trump several times".

But the charges against Stone bring the total up to 33 indictments or guilty pleas in the special counsel's probe so far.

Soon after the Stone arrest came the Trump tweet: "greatest witch hunt in the history of our country".

The president's counsel, Jay Sekulow, said: "The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else".

He had urged Trump to run for president since 1988, was chairman of his presidential exploratory committee in 2000 and was a consultant when Trump considered running in 2012, according to Stone's 2017 book about Trump's campaign for the White House.

"I do think that it's more than just coincidental that there's all of these communications between multiple members of the Trump campaign and Russians, and efforts by members of the Trump campaign to cover up and conceal" those communications, he said.

Stone was an early Trump backer whose reputation as an aggressive political operative and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" dates back to the Watergate scandal of the 1970s when he was working for Richard Nixon.

Roger Stone is the sixth Trump associate charged by Mueller. The incitement quotes from those emails, which had previously been made public by news outlets.

The following month, Credico pleaded the 5th Amendment to evade an interview with the House Intelligence Committee. The vicious, profanity-laden email apparently refers to Credico's dog, Bianca.

They relate to lying to investigators and tampering with a witness, who Stone told to lie like a character from the Godfather movies.

"I am so ready".

Stone has said for months he was prepared to be charged, though he has denied any wrongdoing.

In a tweet Friday, Podesta turned Stone's words against him, writing that it was now "Roger's time in the barrel".

He rejected the offer and denied he lied.

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