Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says he'll plead not guilty

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Stone was to appear in court in Florida on Friday morning.

Instead it mirrors other Mueller cases in alleging cover-ups and deception, accusing Mr Stone of lying to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a congressional probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election. And he created the impression within the upper levels of the Trump campaign that he had contacts with WikiLeaks, the shadowy organization devoted to revealing secret documents, which had obtained tens of thousands of emails from Clinton's campaign.

Armed FBI agents showed up at the door of Stone's Fort Lauderdale home just before 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning and led him away in handcuffs.

Donald Trump says he suffered from one-sided media coverage during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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!"

What exactly is Stone being charged with?

The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone.

Stone responded on Instagram: "Hey Nancy!" A judge released him on a $250,000 bond and ordered him to limit his travel to South Florida, New York City and Washington. Stone has also spoken openly about his contacts with Corsi.

"They could have called my lawyers and I would have turned myself in", he said.

"There's no circumstance under which I would bear false witness to the president".

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

He has been under scrutiny for months but has maintained his innocence.

Stone said he'll plead not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday in Washington. "They terrorised my wife [and] my dogs".

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In the indictment, USA prosecutors said Mr Stone had "sent and received numerous emails and text messages during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails".

Asked on ABC's "This Week" about the chances he would cooperate with Mueller, Stone said his attorneys would need to discuss the subject but contended he would testify honestly about any wrongdoing that may have occurred. Mr Stone had been predicting his indictment for some time.

Lying to Congress. Obstructing the House intelligence committee's Russian Federation investigation.

Stone says he would have voluntarily surrendered to federal officials.

Stone denies all charges and says he has never spoken to Trump about WikiLeaks, Russia or the Mueller investigation.

The Mueller investigation has also focused on Mr Stone's communications with Twitter persona Guccifer 2.0, which United States intelligence officials say is a front for Russian military intelligence. According to the indictment, Stone continued to speak publicly and with the Trump campaign about potential future releases by WikiLeaks. "Rather the indictment focuses on alleged false statements made to Congress". Mueller has indicted several Trump-campaign associates but has not charged anyone for colluding with Russian Federation.

How does he know Donald Trump? Stone has a tattoo of the former president on his upper back.

It adds to the growing list of Trump associates who have been charged in the special counsel's probe.

Roger Stone is the sixth Trump associate charged by Mueller.

Stone described his style of doing politics in a 2018 interview with The New Yorker, both of which will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in U.S. politics since Donald Trump took office in 2016.

He reportedly does not wear socks, and favours custom-made suits.

He also embraced deeply a key lesson from the 1972 campaign: that Republicans had to appeal to a base of white, middle class suburban and rural voters.

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