Roger Stone Open to 'Testify Honestly' To Mueller

Associated Press' Eric Tucker draws a picture of the impact and details of the latest in US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Stone indictment was unrelated to the president.

Mr Stone appeared in court in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

The following month, Credico pleaded the 5th Amendment to evade an interview with the House Intelligence Committee. USA intelligence agencies and Mueller's investigators have said Russian Federation was the source of that hacked material.

According to the indictment, on October 7, after WikiLeaks released emails stolen from Clinton-campaign chairman John Podesta, a high-ranking Trump campaign official emailed Stone to say "Well done". They say he also falsely claimed he didn't have documents requested by the committee when he did.

But prosecutors say those statements were all false. Stone has previously denied that he ever bullied other witnesses to change their testimony, which is another allegation he faces.

'Whatabout all of the one sided Fake Media coverage (collusion with Crooked H?) that I had to endure during my very successful presidential campaign. 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. Instead, Mueller's office has charged him with witness tampering, obstruction and false statements, according to the indictment.

If Trump did give the direction, he would have engaged in a conspiracy to violate federal hacking statutes, said Paul Rosenzweig, a lawyer who worked on the Whitewater investigation into former President Bill Clinton.

Barbara McQuade, a former US Attorney, told Reuters: "The indictment was not unexpected, but it is still significant because it alleges coordination between the Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks".

The interactions with WikiLeaks covered in the indictment occurred days before Trump called out to Russian Federation during a campaign stump speech for help finding "missing" emails from Clinton's time as secretary of state, according to Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff.

The charging documents included new details about the 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 Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign".

In September 2017, he appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, testifying that he had no direct contact with WikiLeaks during the campaign, did not direct anyone to contact WikiLeaks, and that he did not discuss his conversations with an intermediary to WikiLeaks with the Trump campaign.

He had started his post writing: 'CBS reports that in the Roger Stone indictment, data was 'released during the 2016 Election to damage Hillary Clinton.' Oh really! Stone pledged to fight the charges and reiterated his support for Trump, a man who he supports politically and considers a close friend.

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Mr Stone was one of Mr Trump's earliest political advisers, encouraging both his presidential runs.

Of course, as the indictment also makes clear, the special counsel has already managed to get its hands on plenty of Mr.

"This is not some casual, low-level contributor to the Trump Campaign".

The president himself isn't accused of a crime.

Having long lived by the code that "It's better to be infamous than never famous at all", Stone nearly seemed to beam outside the Ft.

  • Jon Douglas