After a lifetime of dirty tricks, Roger Stone finally takes a fall

Stone was charged Friday with obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and lying to congressional investigators.

Mr Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have also been charged.

He denied prosecutors' accusation that he repeatedly lied to the House Intelligence Committee, including when he said he had not discussed his pursuit of the stolen emails with any Trump campaign officials.

People close to Stone have predicted Trump could pardon him if he's convicted of any of the charges, The New York Times reported.

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The high-ranking official is Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign chief, according to a person familiar with the matter. "There's certainly no conspiracy with Russian Federation".

During the interview, Stone is expected to react to his indictment, revealed Friday morning, as part of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Absolutely, positively not", Stone claimed. Stone has previously denied that he ever bullied other witnesses to change their testimony, which is another allegation he faces. The publication exposed that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral to its candidates, developed an animus against Bernie Sanders.

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

While serving on Mr Trump's campaign in 2015 the pair allegedly had a falling out - Mr Stone says he quit, while Mr Trump said he fired the operative.

Not everyone believes Roger Stone's stories. "I will defeat them in court", Stone told reporters after he was released from custody. Stone went on to boast that he had correctly predicted the October 7 release.

Committees in the House and Senate and the FBI were investigating Russian Federation interference in the election.

The president sent out an angry tweet after Stone's arrest.

"By in or around early August 2016, STONE was claiming both publicly and privately to have communicated with Organization 1", the indictment states.

Stone admitted he did "forget" about his emails and texts related to Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, but he expects to be "acquitted and vindicated".

For decades, Stone has worked on a variety of Republican political campaigns and was a partner in a political consulting firm with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the 1980s. "Not to my knowledge".

"There is no circumstance, whatsoever, under which I will bear false witness against the president", Stone said, adding, "I will not testify against the president".

Robert Mueller's investigation has been plugging away in secret for months now, and the only real sign of its progress is the periodic arrest and charging of a number of individuals.

Randy Credico (R) and his dog Bianca arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington on September 7, 2018. Credico ultimately declined to testify voluntarily and told the committee he would invoke the Fifth Amendment if required to appear by a subpoena.

Credico thought Stone had no one to blame but himself. The alliance between the two started deteriorated in December 2017, according to communications detailed in the indictment.

The indictment shows a text message from Credico, dating back to December 2017, where he urges Stone to be "honest" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stating that "there was no back channel". "If you buy, you get to supply the guests".

  • Tracy Klein