Roger Stone's arrest may hurt Trump's 'love' of Wikileaks

Saul Bowman
January 30, 2019

Trump on Saturday night seemed to distance himself from Stone, tweeting: "Roger Stone didn't even work for me anywhere near the Election!"

The indictment on Friday doesn't bode well for the president's inner circle, with its assertion that "a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact" Stone in July 2016 to learn what damaging information the group had on Democrat Hillary Clinton - although it didn't say who gave the direction. He noted that he had not been charged with conspiracy, observing: "If they could have made that case, they would have". 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 ideal and two counts of addressing congress under oath with sentences that included dangling participles.

Stone told Fox's Sean Hannity that he's being silenced because he supports Donald Trump.

The anti-secrecy website published emails in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election that the USA says were stolen from Democrats by Russian operatives.

Outside after the hearing, Stone flashed the twin "V for Victory" signs that Nixon was famous for but did not address the media. The source told Fox News that home arrests typically take place early in the morning with a team of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in protective gear, adding that Stone's situation was "nothing out of the ordinary".

Stone said he "categorically" had not destroyed or discarded communications devices, hard drives or other evidence."My lawyers have been insistent on this".

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.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, however, that the indictment presented specific allegations of lies and witness intimidation that were unambiguous and provable. "This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, explaining that Stone is not charged with violent crimes, has no criminal past and is not a flight risk.

The brief court appearance was the first in Washington for Stone, 66, since his arrest and indictment last week.

Stone has repeatedly denied conspiring with WikiLeaks, asking on Friday on CNN: "Where is the WikiLeaks collaboration?"

Stone said he will not rule out cooperating with Mueller. Lauderdale. "I believe this is a politically motivated investigation".

"All I did was take publicly available information and try to hype it to get it as much attention as possible", he said Sunday during an interview with ABC News.

"Oh, no, that wasn't a question", said Stone.

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