Roger Stone’s Dramatic FBI Arrest Is Inspiring Plenty Of Jokes And Memes

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Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, was arrested in Florida, and charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

Shortly after another email dump, "an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read 'well done'".

Some takeaways from the indictment against Stone.

In a tweet Friday, Podesta turned Stone's words against him, writing that it was now "Roger's time in the barrel".

Stone said he is "falsely accused" of making false statements to the House intelligence committee.

On or about May 21, 2018, Person 2 wrote in an email to STONE, "You should have just been honest with the house Intel committee. you've opened yourself up to perjury charges like an idiot". Stone has denied any wrongdoing.

A file photograph of Roger Stone.

He's a longtime political consultant, a purveyor of conspiracy theories and an unabashed reveller in his own reputation for underhanded tactics. Though he was quickly ousted from the campaign, he has remained an ardent defender of the president and a coloruful critic of the Mueller probe.

Another December 1, 2017 message referred to a character in The Godfather: Part II who declines to testify to Congress after mobsters bring his brother from Italy to the hearing in an apparent threat to the man's safety. It also included new details about Trump aides specifically asking Stone about forthcoming Wikileaks dumps.

An ardent supporter of Richard Nixon, Stone was part of a scheme in 1972 to sink the former president's longshot primary challenger, Pete McCloskey. He branded the conversation an "exclusive".

The self-proclaimed dirty trickster, arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a raid before dawn Friday at his Florida home, blasted the prosecution as politically motivated. I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors.

After the October 7 releases, Stone boasted to "senior Trump Campaign officials" that he had correctly predicted the data dump, prosecutors say.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in court papers that Stone had advance knowledge of a plan by WikiLeaks to release the emails, which analysts say may have contributed to Trump's stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Stone is said to have spoken to senior Trump campaign officials - who are not identified - about "organization 1" [believed to be Wikileaks] "and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign".

The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone. "Absolutely not." Asked the allegation that he was asked by a member of the Trump campaign to try to contact WikiLeaks, he said, "No, I've addressed that before", Stone answered.

"Organization 1" is nearly certainly WikiLeaks.

Mueller also alleges that Stone attempted to persuade another witness, radio host Randy Credico, to provide false testimony to the committee.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before he ran for president. But none of the Trump associates connected to Trump have been charged with crimes related to collusion. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"Categorically not, no. Absolutely not", Stone said.

The indictment also alleges that Stone lied to Congress about "his communications with the Trump Campaign about Organization 1". It shows that people in then-candidate Trump's inner circle were actively trying to politically benefit from material stolen from Democratic groups and the Clinton campaign during the election.

While speaking with Jones, Stone said "they seek to destroy me" and promoted a website raising money for his legal defense, which says "long time Trump advisor Roger Stone has been targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller".

CNN's John Berman questioned White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the indictment Friday.

Stone has publicly denigrated the Mueller investigation and echoed the president's descriptions of it as a witch hunt.

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