Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrested, according to reports

The Associated Press

Stone was raided at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, becoming the sixth campaign associate of President Donald Trump indicted in the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion with Moscow in the 2016 election.

Stone was charged with seven criminal counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering and making false statements. Stone stated that the Special Counsel had "no evidence of Russian collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration, or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016 election".

Stone, who was arrested Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said after his release on bond that he would not testify against Trump "because I would have to bear false witness".

Corsi said in November that he had received a plea offer from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office under which they were asking him to plead guilty to one felony count of providing false information to them in return for a lighter sentence. The video shows an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent banging on the door and shouting "FBI open the door!"

He did not look anxious Friday as he wore a smile and made a victory sign as he emerged from federal court following his early-morning arrest.

In the 1980s, Trump hired Stone, then a Washington lobbyist, to represent him in the nation's capital to deal with "a number of small but important issues" involving the businessman's Atlantic City casinos and other properties.

Stone said he thinks he was targeted because he is a longtime friend of Trump and helped Trump to defeat Clinton.

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

How does he know Donald Trump? That includes his communications with the Trump campaign, his suggestion that Corsi obtain emails related to the Clinton Foundation from Assange, and his queries to Corsi and Credico about the dirt that WikiLeaks had on Clinton.

After the HPSCI asked Credico to testify in November 2017, the indictment says, Stone urged him to either back him up or exercise his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

According to the indictment, Stone continued to speak publicly and with the Trump campaign about potential future releases by WikiLeaks.

But on Saturday night the president took to Twitter to say: 'Roger Stone didn't even work for me anywhere near the Election!

"The president's right, there is no Russian Federation collusion", Stone added, stating that he and Trump have never discussed any possibility of a "pardon" should Stone be convicted of the federal charges. The Trump campaign knew about Stone's involvement in seeking information on the Democrats, the complaint states. "2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging", Corsi wrote, according to the indictment. Under the pseudonym Jason Rainier, Stone made contributions on behalf of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, a Republican primary opponent of Nixon in 1972.

Stone's ties to Trump go back four decades.

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

"That's a question I would have to, I'd have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion", Stone said in an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

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.

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