Stone says he is falsely accused, will plead not guilty

Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested on seven charges

Due to Justice Department policies, the indictment did not identify the senior campaign official and the individual who contacted Stone about Wikileaks.

The indictment lays out in detail Stone's conversations about stolen Democratic emails posted by WikiLeaks in the weeks before Trump, a Republican, beat Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Bannon, referred to as a "high-ranking Trump Campaign official", exchanged emails with Stone in October 2016 about the WikiLeaks plans for releasing hacked material. Stone then communicated with his associates about getting more information on potential WikiLeaks releases. Left unknown is what - if anything - Stone told Trump about his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks.

Dershowitz noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducts dramatic arrests like this one - which was caught on camera by a CNN crew - when they're dealing with the mafia or if they think the subject will try to run.

Stone said any false statements he may have given to Congress would have been "immaterial and without intent". The charges stem from Stone's interactions related to the release by WikiLeaks of hacked emails during the 2016 USA presidential election.

"They found no Russian collusion or they would have charged him with it", read a statement from Smith.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN's John Berman on "New Day" Friday, "This has nothing to do with the President and certainly nothing to do with the White house".

In this March 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

The following year, Stone urged a real estate developer in NY to run for president: his name was Donald Trump.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the indictment "does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else". In mid-August, WikiLeaks denied communicating with Stone.

Stone directly rebutted that claim Friday.

During the 1970s, Stone also played a key role in bringing the full force of outside campaign money behind negative advertising against congressional candidates.

Stone is scheduled to make a court appearance at 11 a.m. Friday morning. Not only did Stone communicate with Credico nearly constantly by both text and email, they actually exchanged more than 30 text messages on the very day that Stone testified they had never communicated by text. They are unnamed in the indictment and have not been charged with crimes.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before he ran for president.

Stone has publicly denigrated the Mueller investigation and echoed the president's descriptions of it as a witch hunt.

Stone's indictment came after his associate Randy Credico, a radio show host, testified before the grand jury.

Credico insisted, however, that it was up to Stone to act, and to finally tell the truth. Stone asked Credico to send an article to Assange, and to ask Assange to send him "any State or HRC email" that would "confirm this narrative". "Richard Nixon", prosecutors said.

Born in CT in 1952, Mr Stone first got involved in politics at the age of 8, agitating for Democratic candidate John F Kennedy.

"You should be honest w Federal Bureau of Investigation. there was no back channel.be honest, " Credico wrote.

He also called him "a rat" and a "stoolie", prosecutors say. STONE also said he would "take that dog away from you", referring to Person 2's dog.

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