'Prepare to die': Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone arrested in Russian Federation probe

Posted January 29, 2019

A one-time Trump campaign adviser says that the 45th president may have been mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's Friday morning indictment of longtime Donald Trump associate-and Richard Nixon aficionado-Roger Stone.

According to NBC News, the indictment accused Stone of making false statements about his interactions with Wikileaks, thereby obstruction Congress's investigation into the issue.

In a dawn raid, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carrying assault rifles swarmed the home of Roger Stone, one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures in USA politics.

Corsi said in November that he had received a plea offer from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office under which they were asking him to plead guilty to one felony count of providing false information to them in return for a lighter sentence.

A magistrate judge released Stone on a $250,000 bond and ordered him to limit his travel to South Florida, New York City and Washington.

But they don't definitively answer the key question in the Russian Federation probe: Did the Trump campaign coordinate with Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election?

Born in CT in 1952, Mr Stone first got involved in politics at the age of 8, agitating for Democratic candidate John F Kennedy.

"As I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about", Stone said to reporters and the raucous crowd heckling him.

"If Roger Stone was indicted for lying to Congress, what about the lying done by Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page & lover, Baker and soooo many others?"

While serving on Mr Trump's campaign in 2015 the pair allegedly had a falling out - Mr Stone says he quit, while Mr Trump said he fired the operative.

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It alleges that an unidentified senior Trump campaign official was "directed" to keep in contact with Stone about when stolen emails relating to Clinton might be disclosed. Stone has previously denied that he ever bullied other witnesses to change their testimony, which is another allegation he faces.

"There is no circumstance, whatsoever, under which I will bear false witness against the president", Stone said, adding, "I will not testify against the president". Trump calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt".

But days later Mr Stone wrote a piece for Business Insider in support of the Republican candidate, titled "The man who just resigned from Donald Trump's campaign explains how Trump can still win". Under the pseudonym Jason Rainier, Stone made contributions on behalf of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, a Republican primary opponent of Nixon in 1972. Stone has a tattoo of the former president on his upper back.

Stone's ties to Trump go back four decades.

The indictment described in detail numerous emails and text messages "during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails". Stone, though it left open the possibility that it was Mr. Trump.

Stone responded, "That's a question that I'd have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion". American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

"They're right, I did forget on some occasions that I had text messages and emails - that are entirely exculpatory", Stone told ABC. "And if you are trying to connote a certain authority in your business life, I think being well dressed is part of that".