Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charges in Mueller probe

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

As the Daily Wire reported Friday, video aried by CNN shows about a dozen Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, armed with rifles and wearing protective gear, surrounding Stone's Florida home and then pounding on the door.

Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, was arrested in Florida, and charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

The charges stem from what prosecutors say were Stone's efforts to hide the nature of his discussions during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

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

According to the indictment: 'After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign.

The indictment concerns Stone's communications with with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose group leaked tens of thousands of stolen Democratic Party emails that embarrassed Trump's rival Hillary Clinton in an apparent bid to influence the election. He added that one of his rules is: "It is better to be infamous than never be famous at all".

We embedded the video below. An unapologetic admirer of Nixon, he's made his mark in conservative politics with a reputation as not only a consultant who can play out of bounds but also a slick self-promoter who craves the spotlight.

Trump had said he fired Stone from his presidential campaign.

After the October 7 releases, Stone boasted to "senior Trump Campaign officials" that he had correctly predicted the data dump, prosecutors say.

Calling the Mueller investigation a "two-year inquisition", Stone insisted that "the charges relate in no way to Russian collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016 campaign".

Instagramming after you've been arrested is generally a bad idea, but when has that ever stopped Roger Stone?

After the instruction from the Trump campaign, Stone allegedly emailed "Person 1" - a "political commentator who worked with a digital media publication" - to get in touch with the head of Organization 1.

Stone was one of Trump's earliest political advisers, encouraging both his presidential runs.

Trump's outside lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment on the indictment earlier on Friday.

Stone is one of dozens of people caught up in a long-running investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, and is the latest Trump associate to be charged.

Mr Mueller's office has said those emails, belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were hacked by Russian intelligence officers. He has said he was not involved in Watergate and immortalized his love for the 37th president with the smiling Nixon tattoo on his back.

The 24-page indictment is peppered with alleged threats, some with typos or grammatical errors, from Stone to the unnamed associate.

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"This is not some casual, low-level contributor to the Trump Campaign".

They also did not reveal whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian Federation or had advance knowledge of the hacking. He threatened to take away Credico's dog - a fluffy white therapy pet named Bianca who even later went with Credico into his grand jury appearance - and told him "Prepare to die [expletive]", prosecutors wrote.

Stone told Bloomberg News in December that he has "not been to the White House since Reagan was president".

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