Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo defends Roger Stone

Posted January 30, 2019

Stone's attorney, Robert Buschel, entered the plea on his client's behalf. A status hearing was scheduled for February 1.

Stone had held an impromptu news conference after being released from custody after his arrest and gave interviews during the weekend but he did not speak to the media after the brief arraignment in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, Stone said he was "mindful" of Mueller's "ability to induce people to say things that are not true, particularly people who are seeking a reduction in their sentence or people who have an ax to grind".

Stone also vowed not to turn on the President.

Roger Stone testified "very openly" before the House Intelligence Committee, and it's hard to tell what special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing him of lying about, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.

Corsi was referred to in the indictment of Stone as one of two people Stone sought to use as intermediaries to communicate with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about hacked Democratic Party emails in the 2016 election campaign.

Stone is a long time friend and supporter of President Donald Trump and has promised to stay loyal to the president throughout his proceedings.

He was uncharacteristically quiet during Tuesday's brief court appearance, rising to his feet to say, "Yes, Your Honor", as U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson asked if he would agree to the conditions of his release, including restricted travel. "But the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were extraordinarily courteous".

Ever since he was taken into custody in the early hours of Friday, Stone has been railing against the Federal Bureau of Investigation while claiming that more force was used against him than what was used in the raid against Osama Bin Laden.

In June and July 2016, Stone allegedly told some of the president's senior campaign officials about information in WikiLeaks' possession that could be damaging to the Clinton campaign.

He became a focus of the investigation after working on the Trump campaign, which he left early on in August 2015. Instead, he merely shared his recollection of their phone conversation, which he also recounts in his book, Silent No More: How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller's 'Witch Hunt. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges.

Twenty-six Russian nationals and three Russian companies have been charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

"But I'm targeted here because they want to silence me", he continued, listing several reasons why he believed the Friday pre-dawn raid was unnecessary, including his age, lack of passport and the fact that he doesn't own a weapon and is being "charged with non-violent process crimes".