Roger Stone: I'll Tell Mueller the Truth

Spencer Platt via Getty Images Roger Stone on the campaign trail

Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta, who was targeted in the email hack, accused Mr Stone of knowing about it beforehand.

The 24-page indictment is peppered with alleged threats, some with typos or grammatical errors, from Stone to the unnamed associate.

Lying to Congress. Obstructing the House intelligence committee's Russian Federation investigation. Prosecutors say Russian military intelligence agents hacked the emails and then funneled them to WikiLeaks as part of Moscow's effort to disrupt the election.

Mr Stone still possessed many of those communications when he gave false testimony about them, prosecutors said in the indictment. The campaign said it fired him after he tried to grab too much of the spotlight while Stone insisted that he quit.

Mr Stone threatened to sue the platform, saying he had been "inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me. yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that". "By in or around mid-August 2016, Organization 1 made a public statement denying direct communication with STONE".

Roger Stone has been known to revel in his reputation for underhanded tactics.

Following the arrest, Trump questioned why CNN was on hand to film the arrest. Though he was quickly ousted from the campaign, he has remained an ardent defender of the president and a coloruful critic of the Mueller probe.

A defiant Stone, flashing a Nixonian-style victory sign, emerged from the courthouse on Friday to proclaim his innocence and predict his vindication.

It accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks' release.

Stone said he "categorically" had not destroyed or discarded communications devices, hard drives or other evidence. He branded the conversation an "exclusive".




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.

Speculation about the specific "senior Trump Campaign official" referred to in the section above has run rampant since Stone's indictment and is unlikely to cease any time soon. He says his committee will be eager to learn who directed the official.

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 a conservative writer and conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, and a NY radio host, Randy Credico.

On Sunday, Corsi denied any contacts with WikiLeaks and said his reference in the email to Stone about Clinton's health was just an educated guess. Mueller has indicted several Trump-campaign associates but has not charged anyone for colluding with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a federal judge has scheduled a sealed proceeding to determine whether former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators.

He also embraced deeply a key lesson from the 1972 campaign: that Republicans had to appeal to a base of white, middle class suburban and rural voters.

Stone briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The president himself isn't accused of a crime. Because of tromp I could never get away with a certain (sic) my Fifth Amendment rights but you can.

Graphic shows people indicted in connection with the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in US elections.

A foppish dandy who sports a tattoo of his political hero Richard Nixon between his shoulder blades, the 66-year-old Stone avoided running afoul of the law over decades of helping crush Democrats with artful ruses and fake news, long before that term came in vogue.

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