F.B.I Arrested Roger Stone Another under a spectacular move from the special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this morning!
Indeed, earlier this morning Roger Stone, a President Donald Trump consigliere, was apprehended Friday morning in the special F.B.I raid at Roger Stone residence. Under the order of the special counsel’s investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.
Nevertheless, a sum of seven-count indictment against Stone according to the indictment document. However, Roger Stone is a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” becomes the first criminal case from special counsel Robert Mueller for 2019.
Meanwhile, the Roger Stone indictment document provides pleiad details to date to demonstrate how Trump campaign acquaintances durant summer of 2016 were belligerently seeking to politically benefit from the release of hacked pieces of information impairing to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Nonetheless, It indicates that some non-revealed senior Trump campaign appointees contacted Stone and asked him when stolen emails relating to Clinton might be disclosed. But, it’s important to notice the indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks so far. Whenever, the anti-secrecy website that published the emails, after the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them.
Alternatively, the special counsel’s office accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements concerning his interactions related to WikiLeaks’ release. Some of those false statements were made to the House intelligence committee, according to the indictment file case document.
Remember that a CNN aired video of the raid at Stone’s Fort Lauderdale home, showing FBI agents in body armor using large weapons and night-vision equipment, running up to the home and banging repeatedly on the door.
Stone is the sixth Trump aide charged in Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign and the 34th person overall. The investigation has laid bare multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign and transition period and efforts by several to conceal those communications.
Well-known for his political antics and hardball tactics, Stone has revealed in being a Washington wheeler-dealer dating back to the Nixon administration. He has also pushed several conspiracy theories and was an early and vocal supporter of Trump’s candidacy.
The case against Stone comes weeks after Trump’s former national security adviser was castigated by a judge in open court and just hours before his ex-campaign chairman was due in court on allegations that he had lied to Mueller’s prosecutors.
Stone was one of Trump’s earliest political advisers, encouraging both his presidential runs. He briefly served on Trump’s 2016 campaign but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Stone continued communicating with Trump on occasion and stayed plugged into the circle of advisers both formal and informal who worked with and around Trump.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s press secretary, told CNN Friday the charges brought against Stone “don’t have anything to do with the president.”
According to the indictment, many of those conversations involved WikiLeaks. The indictment lays out in detail Stone’s conversations about stolen Democratic emails posted by the group in the weeks before Trump, a Republican, beat Clinton.
Mueller’s office has said those emails, belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were hacked by Russian intelligence officers.
The document says that by June and July 2016, Stone had told senior Trump campaign officials that he had information indicating that WikiLeaks had obtained documents that could be damaging to Clinton’s campaign.
After July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, 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.” The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone.
Another Trump campaign official cited in the indictment is Steve Bannon, who later became Trump’s chief strategist in the White House. Bannon referred to as a “high-ranking Trump Campaign official,” exchanged emails with Stone in October 2016 about WikiLeaks’ plans for releasing hacked material. The indictment quotes from those emails, which had previously been made public by news outlets.
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 conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and New York radio host Randy Credico. Corsi is referred to as Person 1 in the indictment, and Credico as Person 2.
The indictment accuses Stone of carrying out a “prolonged effort” to keep Credico from contradicting his testimony before the House intelligence committee. During that effort, prosecutors note that Stone repeatedly told Credico to “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli,'” a reference to a character in “The Godfather: Part II” who lies before a congressional committee.
Stone is also accused of threatening Credico. The indictment cites several messages, some of which have already been made public, that Stone sent to Credico last year. On April 9, Stone called Credico a “rat” and a “stoolie” and accused him of backstabbing his friends. Stone also threatened to “take that dog away from you,” a reference to Credico’s dog, Bianca.
“I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die (expletive),” Stone also wrote to Credico. The indictment had been expected. Stone has said for months he was prepared to be charged, though he has denied any wrongdoing.
A grand jury for months had heard from witnesses connected to Stone. And the intelligence committee last year voted to release a transcript of Stone’s testimony to Mueller as a precursor to an indictment