Ex-Trump aide Roger Stone: I will plead not guilty to charges

Ex-Trump aide Roger Stone: I will plead not guilty to charges

The post, showing Mueller as a waiter, came a day after he posted a mock-up image labeled "Who framed Roger Stone" in the style of the 1989 classic "Who framed Roger Rabbit" and held a press conference outside a Florida courtroom in which he declared the FBI Special Counsel probe "politically-motivated". "NO COLLUSION!", Trump wrote on Twitter following Stone's arrest, using his most common denunciation of the Mueller probe. According to the indictment, Stone lied to lawmakers about not having any documents or communications concerning the hacked emails and WikiLeaks.

Days after his indictment, a defiant Roger Stone continued his media blitz Sunday, defending himself against charges of lying to Congress and witness intimidation.

The intelligence committee voted to release a transcript of Stone's testimony to Mueller as a precursor to an indictment. Prosecutors say Russian military intelligence agents hacked the emails and then funneled them to WikiLeaks as part of Moscow's effort to disrupt the election. United States intelligence agencies and Mueller's investigators have said Russian Federation was the source of that hacked material.

When asked if he expected a pardon from Trump, Stone said, "I don't answer hypothetical questions".

Stone is also accused of making false statements to the House intelligence committee. "By in or around mid-August 2016, Organization 1 made a public statement denying direct communication with STONE".

He's a longtime political consultant, a purveyor of conspiracy theories and an unabashed reveller in his own reputation for underhanded tactics. The indictment against Stone does not allege that Stone or anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Trump, in a tweet Saturday, said that if Stone "was indicted for lying to Congress", then "what about the lying" by top law enforcement and Obama-era national security officials, though he presented no specifics to support his assertion of such "lying". That's what I engaged in. He branded the conversation an "exclusive".

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In this March 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Federal prosecutors are looking into Stone's electronic devices over "dozens" of emails and text messages tying the campaign to Wikileaks, Julian Assange or other potential conspirators.

"CBS reports that in the Roger Stone indictment, data was 'released during the 2016 election to damage Hillary Clinton.' Oh really!" The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone. It says Stone told campaign officials he had information indicating WikiLeaks had obtained documents damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Stone became a lobbyist for Trump and in 1998 made the first of what would become a recurring suggestion - that he should run for president. The indictment suggests that Mueller knows who those officials are and is examining the roles they played. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

An old friend of Donald Trump, Roger Stone has worked on Republican political campaigns since the 1970s.

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. Stone left the campaign just a few months later - he said he quit, Trump said he was sacked - but stayed close, frequently holding late-night phone calls with the candidate to discuss strategy and messaging.

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