Roger Stone, a political operative whose work on Republican campaigns spans from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, has links to several targets of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Self-described political "dirty trickster" Roger Stone was arrested on Friday. He did not enter a plea.
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.
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.
Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it's equally notable what he's not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016.
Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted Roger Stone on January 25, accusing the political consultant of making false statements, obstructing an official proceeding, and witness tampering.
According to special counsel, Stone had dozens of text messages pertinent to that inquiry when he made that statement.More news: Nokia is finally bringing its phones to carriers in the U.S
The indictment accuses Stone of carrying out a "prolonged effort" to keep Credico from contradicting his testimony before the House intelligence committee. 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".
DOJ spokesman Peter Carr said in an email that Stone will appear before a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 11 a.m. ET. After a knock, one agent says, "FBI".
Mr Stone then emerged from court grinning broadly while flashing a Nixonian double V-sign and wearing a blue Ralph Lauren polo shirt. His indictment of the Russian hackers said they attempted "for the first time" to break into email accounts used by Clinton's personal office "after hours" on 27 July 2016.
Some takeaways from the indictment against Stone.
In this March 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. "Trump respected his opinion on many things but I don't think he was his closest adviser or somehow quarterbacked the presidential race".
They also did not reveal whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian Federation or had advance knowledge of the hacking.
Those people include former close associates of Trump such as his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as 12 Russian intelligence officers.
After the indictment was announced, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the charges against Stone "don't have anything to do with the president".More news: Here's How You Can Download the PUBG Beta Update With Zombie Mode
"The indictment was not unexpected, but it is still significant because it alleges coordination between the Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks", said Barbara McQuade, a former US Attorney for the Eastern District of MI.
Well-known for his political antics and hard-ball tactics, Mr Stone has reveled in being a Washington wheeler-dealer dating back to the Nixon administration.
He also pledged his support for Trump - one of his "oldest friends" - saying, "I have made it clear that I will not testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him".
For his part, Stone, viewing Trump as a larger-than-life figure "who's got it all" - charisma, wealth, standing - pressed Trump to run for president.
He briefly served on Mr Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Mr Stone continued occasionally communicating with Mr Trump and stayed plugged into his circle of advisers, both formal and informal.
The charging documents included new details about the alleged activities of Trump aides, including an incident in which a senior campaign official "was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organisation 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign".
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