Roger Stone says he will fight charges, and will ‘not bear false witness’ against Trump

Roger Stone says he will fight charges, and will ‘not bear false witness’ against Trump



Roger Stone greets media and supporters outside a federal courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and says he will ‘not bear false witness’ against Trump

Federal agents arrested Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, Friday on charges that he had lied to investigators about efforts by top Trump campaign aides to learn about emails the Russian government had stolen from his political rivals.

Special counsel Robert Mueller revealed the charges, including counts of obstruction and witness tampering, after FBI agents arrested Stone at his Florida home before sunrise.

The charges against Stone offer the first view from prosecutors of efforts by members of the Trump campaign to obtain information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked documents that they believed would be damaging to Trump’s 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Prosecutors have said the hacks were carried out by a Russian intelligence service. Prosecutors said one unnamed senior campaign official was “directed” to communicate with Stone about future releases of the stolen records.

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