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29 January 2019, 12:44 | Tara Lloyd
Spencer Platt via Getty Images Roger Stone on the campaign trail
Stone was raided at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, becoming the sixth campaign associate of President Donald Trumpindicted in the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion with Moscow in the 2016 election.
Stone faces charges of tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House intelligence committee probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election. 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".
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Roger Stone's Fort Lauderdale home about 6 a.m. Friday and took him into custody, reports show.
Roger Stone, following a pre-dawn arrest at his home in Florida and ahead of an arraginment in Washington on Tuesday, said that he would consider cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, if asked. The video shows an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent banging on the door and shouting "FBI open the door!"
Mr Stone appeared at court in shackles later in the morning facing charges of witness tampering, obstruction and lying to Congress.
Roger Stone is a political lobbyist and an ally of President Donald Trump.
Representatives for the heads of the two congressional committees that interviewed Stone could not be immediately reached.
"I will prove in court that any failure of memory on my part was without intent and would be immaterial", Stone said. They also described a radio host who Stone had known for more than 10 years, which matches the profile of Randy Credico.
During Trump's elections campaign, Stone repeatedly boasted about having links to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, yet later backtracked on such statements.
United States prosecutors pointed to two other individuals, including an unnamed political commentator with an online publication who regularly spoke with Trump throughout the campaign, a description that matches Jerome Corsi.
Stone previously told a Vero Beach audience January 3 that he had no advanced knowledge of the emails hacked from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.
In the indictment, USA prosecutors said Mr Stone had "sent and received numerous emails and text messages during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed Organisation 1, its head, and its possession of hacked emails".
"I am falsely accused", Stone said. Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation.
The high-ranking official is Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign chief, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The special counsel alleges that Stone lied about his interactions with WikiLeaks to the House Intelligence Committee, according to the indictment (pdf).
"A senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton campaign", the indictment said, referring to WikiLeaks. He began his career working for the 1972 Nixon campaign and one of his more memorable contributions was to hire someone to pose as the opponent's driver and spy on him.
Stone responded, "That's a question that I'd have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion".
The indictment contains multiple text and email exchanges allegedly involving Stone.
"It makes me think you must believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel", Cuomo added.
But with each new charge, Mueller continues to publicly untangle Trump campaign operations and their intersection with Russia's efforts to hurt Clinton and help Trump.
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