Ex-Trump aide Roger Stone: I will plead not guilty to charges

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In releasing him on $250,000 bond, a magistrate judge restricted Stone's travel to South Florida, Washington and New York City and ordered him to avoid contact with witnesses.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Stone during a pre-dawn raid at his Fort Lauderdale home.

Stone faces charges of tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election.

In September 2017, he appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, testifying that he had no direct contact with WikiLeaks during the campaign, did not direct anyone to contact WikiLeaks, and that he did not discuss his conversations with an intermediary to WikiLeaks with the Trump campaign.

Mr Stone then emerged from court grinning broadly while flashing a Nixonian double V-sign and wearing a blue Ralph Lauren polo shirt.

Associated Press' Eric Tucker draws a picture of the impact and details of the latest in US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The hacked emails were released by "Organization 1", described in the indictment as having a leader at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London - as is Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

According to the indictment, on October 7, after WikiLeaks released emails stolen from Clinton-campaign chairman John Podesta, a high-ranking Trump campaign official emailed Stone to say "Well done". The video shows an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent banging on the door and shouting "FBI open the door!"

We embedded the video below.

Two weeks later, Trump began bringing up Clinton's health on the campaign trail.

"Roger is a stone-cold loser", Trump declared.

Not everyone believes Roger Stone's stories.

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Indicted President Trump confidante Roger Stone said he would consider cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but insisted the Russian Federation probe will turn up no collusion on behalf of the president.

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 also tried to persuade a witness to provide false testimony and withhold information from the congressional investigations, the indictment said.

Trump was silent for much of Friday after news of the arrest broke, but late in the afternoon, he tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!"

Stone said he "categorically" had not destroyed or discarded communications devices, hard drives or other evidence.

"That is correct", Stone said.

Having long lived by the code that "It's better to be infamous than never famous at all", Stone nearly seemed to beam outside the Ft.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, appearing on CNN Friday morning, said, "This has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House".

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

Michael Caputo, a longtime associate of Mr Stone and former Trump campaign adviser, said he expected Mr Stone to fight the charges.

As the campaign shifted into high gear, Stone drew wide scrutiny after WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy activist group, released thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, Mr Podesta referenced the cryptic tweet in a post about Mr Stone's indictment, noting it was "Roger's time in the barrel".

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