Trump Says Stone Didn’t Work for Him ‘Anywhere Near Election’

Steve Martin as Roger Stone on 'Saturday Night Live'

Though most defendants facing charges tend to stay quiet for fear of inflaming prosecutors or a judge, Stone has opted for a different tack following his pre-dawn arrest Friday in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Stone's indictment charges him with seven felonies, including witness tampering, obstruction and false statements, while leaving open the question of whether his or the Trump's campaign's interest in exploiting Russia-hacked emails about Democrat Hillary Clinton crossed a legal line. A seven-count indictment in Mueller's Russian Federation probe charges him with obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering. To date, the special counsel has not charged anyone with collusion.

Mr Mueller previous year charged 12 Russians accused in the hacking as part of his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election, whether Mr Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether the President unlawfully sought to obstruct the investigation.

According to an indictment by Mueller's office last July, Russian conspirators used an online persona known as Guccifer 2.0 to communicate with WikiLeaks and ultimately transfer the stolen documents.

WikiLeaks, through its official Twitter account, stated that the Stone indictment is further proof that Stone had no "back-channel" with WikiLeaks. It appears Stone's arrest took place during the pre-dawn hours, and involved such a large number of Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel, for the same reason.

Stone said in court that he understood he's required to appear for the next hearing - and said nothing more. "The charges against Mr". Immediately thereafter, Stone addressed an assemblage of reporters and expressed the view that his testimony exonerated him from any allegedly untoward activity.

Pollack also pointed out the Mueller's team has never interviewed Assange.

"'There were 17 vehicles with their lights going, including two armored vehicles in the front yard", Stone said.

Noting that Stone has made the media rounds since his arrest, Napolitano predicted that prosecutors will ask for a gag order and U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will probably grant it.

Trump has called the investigation a witch hunt and denied any collusion.

Rep. Adam Schiff responds to Roger Stone's denial of charges in the special counsel's indictment: "These are not ambiguous statements..." What about Lisa & Peter's deleted texts & Wiener's laptop?

Basically, Noah continued, "you have Trump and his people lambasting the police for what they did ... and for how many years have black people been saying police in America are extreme - the way they arrest people, the way they interact with citizens when they take them away".

That was three days after US intelligence agencies issued a public warning that the Russian government was using the organization, already well known for its disclosures of government secrets, to interfere with the presidential election.

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