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Roger Stone, Trump Adviser, Indicted, Arrested in Fort Lauderdale

January 25, 2019 - 12:15pm
Roger Stone file photo
Roger Stone file photo

Roger Stone, President Trump's informal longtime adviser, has been charged as part of the special counsel investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks, the organization behind the release of thousands of stolen Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.

FBI agents woke and arrested Stone before dawn Friday at his Fort Lauderdale home. According to the New York Times, agents were also "seen carting hard drives and other evidence from Mr. Stone’s apartment in Harlem." 

In the 24-page grand jury indictment, Stone was charged with seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering, according to Robert Mueller's Special Counsel Office.

Though it does not mention WikiLeaks by name, referring to the group instead as "Organization 1," the indictment  makes it clear that the outfit, headed by Julian Assange, is at the heart of the case.

The indictment does not accuse Stone of coordinating with the Russian government's election interference in 2016, the key matter under investigation in the probe. But it does lay out in detail Stone's conversations about stolen Democratic emails posted by WikiLeaks in the weeks before Trump beat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Mueller's office has said those emails, belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were hacked by Russian intelligence officers.

The indictment came as no surprise. Stone has said for months he was prepared to be charged, though he has denied any wrongdoing. For months a grand jury 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.

Stone has publicly denigrated the Mueller investigation and echoed the president's descriptions of it as a witch hunt. But he has long attracted investigators' attention, especially in light of a 2016 tweet that appeared to presage knowledge that emails stolen from Podesta would soon be released. Stone has said he had no inside information about the contents of the emails in WikiLeaks' possession or the timing of when they'd be released.

At 11:15 a.m. Friday Stone was inside a federal courtroom in Fort Lauderdale, wearing a blue polo, his hair uncharacteristically disheveled. The gallery was overflowing when the judge released Stone on a $25,000 bond.

When approached by reporters,Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, dismissed the charges, calling them “ridiculous,” and said, “this is all about a minor charge about lying to Congress about something that was apparently found later.

“The only reason Mr. Stone was charged is his 40-year friendship with the president and his efforts to defeat the person who was anointed by the establishment."

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith. This breaking story was largely gathered from morning news reports.

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When is Mueller going to stop this BS witch hunt? What a colossal waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Roger will survive this nonsense. It's a shame the real criminals like the Clintons are still running free after all of the crap they've gotten away with, but the libtards still love them.....idiots.

...and the "Girly-boys" on the Top floor of the FBI put on their "party-dresses" and "strike again" ! ("SHAZAM"..! and "Shades of the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover ! ! ! ")

Just think, if those FBI jackboots had the guts to do that to the Cruz kid, all those poor Parkland students would be alive today..

Just more proof Mueller deep state has nothing on President Trump. Millions wasted on those on the edges of the campaign on flimsy charges. Trump is clean pals.

Yes, just like that portrait of Nixon that Stone wears on his back, you got to know your President's not a crook . . . . . . . . . true believers, in self-denial . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

walls are closing in Spanky, better resign before you get humiliated more than you already are...

suddenly the wing nuts go silent...too funny.

Another Trump slimeball bites the dust! The 7th Trump advisor/insider to be indicted: Stone, Flynn, Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Papadopoulos, Pinedo. Herr Drumpf can sure pick 'em, can't he? (And the Republicans picked him and his two-bit twerps to run the whole country! Mindboggling!)

Typical libloon comment. Guess you miss your little hero Obama and his merry band of communists? Hate to break it to you, but Trump will win in 2020 (again). The absolute idiots and morons on the Democrat side should assure his victory. MAGA!!

ALL according to "entrenched leftist political script" of the "new POWER-DRIVEN socialist Dem. Party", fraught with "unrequited visions of Reign",...BUT, untold numbers of "crying-towels"...

PATHETIC . . .

Another witch hunted down .. Roger Stone Lots of witches been taken off their brooms

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