Roger Stone pleads not guilty in D.C. federal court

Stone faces a Tuesday morning arraignment in Washington, where he is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering.

"Because doesn't that sound like Roger Stone is a confidante of Donald Trump explicitly, not seeking information, which you can make a reporting defense of, but actually trying to collude with WikiLeaks to release things in a way that would explicitly help the campaign and solve one problem?" inquired Melber.

He added that he didn't know which of Trump's senior campaign official were directed to talk to Stone to find out about further releases by WikiLeaks and said he only worked off of information Stone provided him.

He appeared on Tuesday in a blue suit, a bright blue tie and a pocket square. attorney Robert Buschel entered the plea. Stone was charged with five counts of speaking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the past continuous tense while using verbs in the present flawless and two counts of addressing congress under oath with sentences that included dangling participles.

Stone said he's innocent and will plead not guilty. He said he never discussed the issue with Trump.

The special counsel describes Stone as a conduit between the campaign and Wikileaks, which disseminated internal Democratic National Committee emails in the summer of 2016.

"This doesn't look to me like an investigation that's about to wrap up", said Stanford law professor David Alan Sklansky.

McKinnon's Ross should have been the sketch's centerpiece, but Martin in glasses and a Northeastern accent continued a recent tradition of celebrity guests playing members of President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Thirty-four people have been swept up in the Mueller investigation. "They're very detailed. And I think he's going to need a much better defense than the one you just heard".

Stone, who was arrested last week at his Florida home, is the sixth Trump aide charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The indictment said Stone told members of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that he had advance knowledge of plans by the WikiLeaks website to release damaging emails about Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

According to court documents, the indictment against Stone was sealed to minimize the risk that he'd destroy evidence. "It's called politics and they haven't criminalized it, at least not yet", Stone said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, Stone accused prosecutors of "trying to criminalise legitimate political inquiry".

He explained his attempt at crowdfunding as a response to what he hears on the street - "Hey, Roger, go fund yourself!" - and responded to Carlson's thanks with, "Pardon me?"

  • Jon Douglas