Roger Stone Arrested on Seven Charges of Obstruction and Making False Statements
Donald Trump ally arrested in Florida, after an indictment by a federal grand jury
President Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone has been arrested on charges of witness tampering, making false statements and obstruction, according to an announcement from the special counsel’s office.
Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after an indictment by a federal grand jury on 24 January in Washington DC, a Robert Mueller spokesperson confirmed.
Mueller is investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election and supposed ties to the Trump campaign.
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Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, following an indictment by a federal grand jury on 24 January in Washington DC, said a spokesman for Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and any ties to the Trump campaign.
Stones will appear in court later on Friday, Peter Carr confirmed.
According to Mueller’s indictment, during the summer of 2016 Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about Wikileaks “and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.
Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases by” which the document refers to as “Organization 1”.
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It states that Stone made “multiple false statements” about his communications regarding Wikileaks, and “falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions”, and “attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to and withhold pertinent information from the investigations.”
The document later states:
Julian Assange, “held a press conference but did not release any new materials pertaining to the Clinton campaign. Shortly afterward, Stone received an email from the high-ranking Trump campaign official asking about the status of future releases by [WikiLeaks].
"Stone answered that the head of [Wikileaks] had a “[s]erious security concern” but that [WikiLeaks] would release ‘a load every week going forward’.”
On or about 7 October 2016, the indictment states, WikiLeaks “released the first set of emails stolen from the Clinton Campaign chairman [John Podesta]”.
“Shortly after [WikiLeaks’] release, an associate of [a] high-ranking Trump campaign official sent a text message to Stone that read ‘well done’."
"In subsequent conversations with senior Trump campaign officials, Stone claimed credit for having correctly predicted the October 7, 2016 release.”