The case against Stone comes weeks after Trump's former national security adviser was castigated by a judge in open court and just hours before his ex-campaign chairman was due in court on allegations that he had lied to Mueller's prosecutors.
CNN reporters apparently weren't the only ones in the neighborhood when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at Roger Stone's Florida home early Friday morning and arrested him on charges of making false statements and witness tampering, among other allegations.
US President Donald Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone said on Thursday that he will plead not guilty to charges of lying to Congress about the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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.
The charging documents included new details about the alleged activities of Trump aides, including an incident in which a senior campaign official "was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organisation 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign".
The seven-count indictment lays out a series of contacts between Stone and senior campaign officials deep into 2016 concerning the release of hacked information about Hillary Clinton's campaign by WikiLeaks, a group linked to the Russian government. Video aired by CNN shows numerous Federal Bureau of Investigation agents with guns banging on Stone's door and demanding that he come outside - something the president decried in a tweet.
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He also pledged his support for Trump - one of his "oldest friends" - saying, "I have made it clear that I will not testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him".
During the 1970s, Stone also played a key role in bringing the full force of outside campaign money behind negative advertising against congressional candidates.
After the October 7 releases, Stone boasted to "senior Trump Campaign officials" that he had correctly predicted the data dump, prosecutors say.
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Mr Trump today called the investigation the "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"
CNBC, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, reported on May 3 that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election interference, was focusing on interactions between Stone and Trump's deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in February to two counts stemming from the Russia probe and is cooperating with Mueller.
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The indictment accuses Stone of carrying out a "prolonged effort" to keep Credico from contradicting his testimony before the House intelligence committee.
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 is one of dozens of people caught up in a long-running investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, and is the latest Trump associate to be charged.
The dog - a Coton de Tulear named Bianca - belongs to New York City comedian, radio host and moonlighting civil rights activist Randy Credico.
He also called him "a rat" and a "stoolie", prosecutors say.
Asked if he "in any way work with the Russians to help President Trump", Stone said, "Categorically not - no". He also threatened to "take that dog away from you" and said, "I am so ready".
Over the next three decades, Stone would repeatedly encourage Trump - whose celebrity status grew more solidified by his foray into reality television - to seek the presidency.