"Roger Jason Stone, Jr., 66, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale today following an indictment by a federal grand jury on January 24, 2019, in the District of Columbia", a statement released by the Special Counsel states.
Early this morning, a group of 29 heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation officers carried out a pre-dawn raid to apprehend the foppish 66-year-old Republican political consultant Roger Stone at the request of special counsel Robert Mueller.
He is facing one count of obstruction of justice, one count of witness tampering and five counts of making false statements.
He said: 'As I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself'.
Mr Stone then emerged from court grinning broadly while flashing a Nixonian double V-sign and wearing a blue Ralph Lauren polo shirt.
The Stone indictment said that he tipped off the campaign that Wikileaks - an organization suspected to have ties with Russian Federation - would release potentially damaging information about Trump's Democratic opponent. On July 22, WikiLeaks released its first batch of Democratic emails.
Roger Stone, a confidant of US President Donald Trump, was arrested before dawn today in a criminal case that revealed that senior members of the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.
"I did just connect the dots and figure it out on my own", Corsi said on CNN's State of the Union.
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A crowd chanted "Lock Him Up", riffing on the "Lock Her Up" chant that Trump and his surrogates led against Clinton at rallies in 2016.
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Stone's ties to Trump go back four decades.
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?" It also doesn't say that Stone had any special knowledge of WikiLeaks' plans.
He also tried to persuade a witness to provide false testimony and withhold information from the congressional investigations, the indictment said.
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.
During the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., Donald Trump and his support team contacted the representatives of Russian government and Wikileaks (or their mediators) at least 100 times.
"As I have always said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about", Stone said to reporters and the raucous crowd heckling him.
Stone could spend years in prison if convicted, although such a sentence could be reduced if he cooperated with prosecutors, a step taken by others in the Russian Federation inquiry including the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and deputy campaign chair Rick Gates. "Because of tromp [sic] I could never get away with [asserting] my Fifth Amendment rights but you can", Stone wrote in a text message to Credico on December 1, 2017. "STONE thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Organization 1".
According to investigators, Mr Stone said he had "communicated" with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before the emails' release and had described the contact as "perfectly legal".
The indictment also paints an unflattering picture of the president's campaign.