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Before inauguration, Trump contacted Russia, Wikileaks at least 100 times

Before inauguration, Trump contacted Russia, Wikileaks at least 100 times

The indictment includes one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness-tampering. Tucker outlines how President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone was charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid, with prosecutors alleging that senior Trump campaign officials sought to leverage the publication of the stolen material into a White House victory.

This aggressive response to being arrested was foreshadowed when Stone spoke to reporters outside a courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and said that he had been "falsely accused".

President Donald Trump lashed out at media again on Twitter after a longtime ally's indictment, saying that "Roger Stone didn't even work for me anywhere near the Election!" He said during an appearance on CNN late Friday that he has also "never" spoken with Trump about the possibility of a presidential pardon.

Stone was expected to appear before a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale Friday, reports show.

Last month, after Stone said he would not testify against the president, Trump praised his "guts".

"Mr. Stone, during his time as a student at George Washington University, was a junior scheduler on the Nixon reelection committee. Mr".

"I don't recall that Roger ever said that he was under instructions from anyone in the campaign" to contact WikiLeaks, Corsi said.

On Saturday, the president tweeted that "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?"

Asked point blank whether he, in any way, worked with the Russians to help the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, Stone was adamant.

The indictment suggests that Mueller knows who those officials are and is examining the roles they played.

Stone has a knack for commanding attention: He sports impeccably tailored suits and close-cropped bleach blond hair and is willing to say just about anything.




In the Russian Federation investigation, one Trump aide after another has been accused of lying to investigators, or encouraging others to do so, about Russia-related contacts during the campaign and transition period.

The charging documents included new details about Trump aides' alleged activities, including an incident in which a senior campaign official "was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had about the Clinton campaign.

Stone was an early Trump backer whose reputation as an aggressive political operative and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" dates back to the Watergate scandal of the 1970s when he was working for Richard Nixon.

Stone briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Corsi, who said he rejected the deal because he never intentionally lied during his 40 hours of interviews with Mueller's team, expressed concerns at the time that he would be indicted as part of the special counsel's probe.

Stone's problem, like Michael Flynn's, is not what he did but what he said about what he did.

Of course, as the indictment also makes clear, the special counsel has already managed to get its hands on plenty of Mr. Stone pledged to fight the charges and reiterated his support for Trump, a man who he supports politically and considers a close friend.

Stone was pressed by Stephanopoulos after claiming "I did forget on some occasions" about damning texts and emails procured by investigators given that he'd previously testified about correspondence with associate Randy Credico on the same day.

Six days later, hackers began releasing the personal emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

"Members of this Committee had made certain "assertions against me which must be rebutted here today", he stated".

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