Sanders won't deny Trump directed official to contact Stone about Wiki

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As he left court, President Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone grinned at the chaos and made a gesture reminiscent of his idol, Richard Nixon.

The indictment includes one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness-tampering.

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. The FBI raided his home and "terrorized" his family, Stone said outside a Florida courthouse Friday.

"After the July 22, 2016, release of stolen (Democratic National Committee) 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". Wikileaks finally released October 7 what would become the first of multiple batches of emails stolen from the Clinton campaign.

CNN, in video of the arrest, showed a heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation team taking Stone away from his home in the dark just before 6am and Stone surrendering without any issue. Open the door", before adding, "FBI.

We embedded the video below.

"Was it the president who made that direction or not?" Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller's investigation and says the probe is groundless, while raising doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Trump. A US indictment of 12 Russian hackers thought to be responsible for the DNC email theft referred to an unnamed American close to senior members of the Trump campaign who was in contact with the hackers.

Trump tweeted Friday that Stone's arrest was part of the "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

"This has been rumoured to be coming down for several months, so Roger and his legal team are ready to fight these charges in court", Caputo told Reuters. He was arrested Friday for lying to investigators and trying to tamper with a witness. In it, he proclaims, "My name is Roger Stone, and I'm an agent provocateur".

Stone has claimed to both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee he had no direct contact with WikiLeaks, but only via an intermediary, which he later identified as a radio host, Randy Credico.

Roger Stone, longtime friend and confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday.

Repeating numerous same denials made to Jones, Stone also vowed that he would never, unlike the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, testify against Trump.

Stone is the sixth Trump aide or adviser charged by Mueller and the 34th person overall.

Shortly after another email dump, "an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read 'well done'".

Mr Stone became embroiled in the Watergate scandal after congressional hearings revealed that he hired an operative to infiltrate the campaign of George McGovern, Mr Nixon's Democratic opponent.

This is arguably the biggest fish Mueller has caught in his net since the Russian investigation started: although Stone didn't hold an official position for most of the 2016 campaign, he's still Trump's longest-serving political advisor. When Trump ultimately threw his hat in the race in the 2016 election cycle, Stone was by his side as a campaign adviser. Stone has said he learned from Credico that WikiLeaks had the emails and planned to disclose them.

He also called him "a rat" and a "stoolie", prosecutors say.

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