Pres. Trump defends Roger Stone

29 January, 2019, 00:45 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Spencer Platt via Getty Images Roger Stone on the campaign trail

The post, showing Mueller as a waiter, came a day after he posted a mock-up image labeled "Who framed Roger Stone" in the style of the 1989 classic "Who framed Roger Rabbit" and held a press conference outside a Florida courtroom in which he declared the FBI Special Counsel probe "politically-motivated".

A lobbyist who has advised Mr Trump for 40 years, Mr Stone has been investigated by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, as an alleged middleman liaising between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks over the release of stolen Democratic Party emails.

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, left, walks to the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with Roger Stone, the director of Trump's presidential exploratory committee, October 25, 1999, for the swearing-in of Trump's sister as a federal appeals court judge. The campaign said it fired him after he tried to grab too much of the spotlight while Stone insisted that he quit. Stone has pleaded not guilty and was released on $250,000 bail later on Friday. He did not enter a plea.

On Sunday, Corsi denied any contacts with WikiLeaks and said his reference in the email to Stone about Clinton's health was just an educated guess.

Prosecutors say Stone lied during his September 26, 2017, testimony before the House intelligence committee about his interactions regarding WikiLeaks and his communications with the Trump campaign.

The Stone case is in some way reminiscent of Mueller prosecutions that have accused former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen of lying to Congress about his role in a Moscow real estate project; former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn of lying about his contacts with the Russia's US ambassador; and ex-campaign aide George Papadopoulos of lying about his knowledge that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that emails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Instead the prosecution mirrors other Mueller cases in alleging cover-ups and deception, accusing Stone of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election. He described Robert Mueller as a "runaway Special Prosecutor who is accountable to no one".

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, had no immediate comment, according to an aide.

CNN aired video of the raid at Stone's home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, showing agents in body armor using large weapons and night-vision equipment, running up to the home and banging on the door. He said during an appearance on CNN late Friday that he has also "never" spoken with Trump about the possibility of a presidential pardon.

His staff also linked to a fundraising page for people to help Stone pay his hefty legal fees.

Stone was allegedly unaware at this point that an indictment was coming.

When he emerged from the courthouse, Stone, wearing jeans and a blue polo shirt, was met with a mixture of boos and cheers from the large crowd waiting for him outside.

Stone told reporters he would not "bear false witness" against Trump as the investigation continues.

Mr Stone has repeatedly said in interviews that he expected to be indicted.

The Mueller investigation has also focused on Mr Stone's communications with Twitter persona Guccifer 2.0, which USA intelligence officials say is a front for Russian military intelligence.

Stone briefly worked for the Trump campaign but left in August 2015.

"I can confirm everything they report in the indictment about "Person 1", Corsi said.

"There's a paragraph in the indictment that says that they were instructed by a senior campaign official", Reid said.

In his first public appearance after being indicted for lying to federal investigators in the Russian Federation investigation, Stone flashed the double-armed victory sign made famous by Nixon, who used it on numerous occasions including, most memorably, after his resignation from the presidency in the wake of the Watergate scandal.



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