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Roger Stone’s Staff Responds to Arrest: ‘Straight Out of the Gestapo’s Playbook’

29 January 2019

Stone, a longtime Republican strategist and ally of the president, was indicted on seven charges Friday as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation.

Stone was charged with seven criminal counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering and making false statements.

This aggressive response to being arrested was foreshadowed when Stone spoke to reporters outside a courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and said that he had been "falsely accused".

The world woke up on Friday to the news that President Donald Trump's longtime confidant and advisor, Roger Stone, had been arrested in connection to Special Counsel Robert Muller's Russian Federation investigation. Open the door", before adding, "FBI.

He appeared briefly in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wearing blue jeans and a blue polo.

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

"I don't recall that Roger ever said that he was under instructions from anyone in the campaign" to contact WikiLeaks, Corsi said.

How did Roger Stone respond?

Even in a White House that generates bombshell headlines on a daily basis, this one is a big deal - Stone is a long-time associate of Trump and appears to have played a part in one of the most controversial aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stone, who asserted that he resigned from the campaign, continued supporting Trump throughout 2016.

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"Categorically not, no. Absolutely not", Stone said. Stone complained Credico hasn't been charged with crimes after lying to a grand jury about being his source.

Mr Stone is said to have spoken to senior Trump campaign officials - who are not identified - about "organization 1" [believed to be Wikileaks] "and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign".

Asked on ABC's "This Week" about the chances he would cooperate with Mueller, Stone said his attorneys would need to discuss the subject but contended he would testify honestly about any wrongdoing that may have occurred.

For his part, the president tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

While the indictment provides some new insight into the Trump campaign, it deals largely with what prosecutors say were Stone's false statements about his conversations with conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and NY radio host Randy Credico. Those Podesta messages, which turned into a damaging story for the Clinton campaign, were released that October 7th, just hours after a 2005 video of Trump bragging about groping women was unearthed.

His idolising of Nixon culminated with him getting a tattoo of the later scandal-ridden president on his back. "I will not bear false witness against the president", Stone said.

In the indictment of Stone, however, Mueller's team alleges that a top Trump campaign official directed Stone to contact WikiLeaks regarding the hack and release of thousands of Democratic emails. Because of tromp I could never get away with a certain (sic) my Fifth Amendment rights but you can.

Stone briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Why Stone did not do the same thing is not exactly clear, although apparently he anxious that it would make Trump look bad by implying that his former adviser had done something criminal.

The indictment contains multiple text and email exchanges allegedly involving Stone.

Roger Stone’s Staff Responds to Arrest: ‘Straight Out of the Gestapo’s Playbook’