Trump ally Roger Stone pleads not guilty on charges in Russian Federation investigation

Trump ally Roger Stone pleads not guilty on charges in Russian Federation investigation

Trump ally Roger Stone pleads not guilty on charges in Russian Federation investigation

The case is being handled jointly by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the USA attorney in Washington.

Charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, President Donald Trump's former political advisor Roger Stone was arrested Friday morning at his home in Florida.

A self-described dirty trickster, Stone is the sixth Trump aide charged in Mueller's investigation. "Stone, a 66-year-old political consultant, was wholly unnecessary and served no goal other than intimidation", Barry Pollack, the lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, said in a statement. A small group of protesters waved Russian flags and a placard that said "Dirty Traitor" while other people showed their support for the 66-year-old veteran Republican operative.

He was arrested in connection with the probe against President Donald Trump and was released on a $250,000 bond. Stone's indictment revealed a link between Republican Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks, the online publisher of secret documents. But it does allege that he misled lawmakers about his pursuit of those communications and interest in them.

Mueller a year ago charged 12 Russians accused in the hacking as part of his investigation of Russia's role in the election, whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the investigation. Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Monday said Mueller's investigation was close to wrapping up and that a report was expected soon.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing author and conspiracy theorist, said on Monday that he was ready to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump who was indicted last week in the Russian Federation probe, and to "let the chips fall where they may".

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Corsi also said he plans to "do my best to tell the truth, without calculation of whom it benefits or whom it detracts" if called to testify. Stone, 19-cr-18, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington). That is, the day after Stone is alleged to have made several false statements while under oath.

Stone appeared in federal court for the District of Columbia before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. "NO COLLUSION!", Trump wrote on Twitter following Stone's arrest, using his most common denunciation of the Mueller probe.

"That's what I engaged in".

He also said the information in the indictment was accurate and that he would testify against Stone.

"All I did was take publicly available information and try to hype it to get it as much attention as possible, because I had a tip the information was politically significant and that it would come in October", he added.

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