Trump ally Roger Stone pleads not guilty to Russian Federation probe charges

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In a segment set on Tucker Carlson's Fox News Channel show, Martin wore Stone's signature round glasses and pinstripes as he declared the prestige of being indicted made him "the happiest I've ever been in my life". He already has charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers in the hacking of Democratic email accounts, setting up the potential for prosecutions of any Americans who might be involved in that conspiracy.

There were five counts of lying to Congress, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of witness tampering.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Friday that the charges against Stone have "nothing to do with the president", and Trump tweeted: "Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!" Mueller has accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of hacking those emails, and it's the consensus of the US intelligence community that those Russians "relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks".

A defiant Stone, flashing a Nixonian-style victory sign, emerged from the courthouse on Friday to proclaim his innocence and predict his vindication. Referencing the exclusive footage filmed during his arrest at the hands of unpaid Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Friday, the host added: "The man is 66-years-old, frail, barely able to post shirtless photos of his jacked body".

Stone's arrest could carry serious implications for Trump, with the prosecutor describing how his campaign pursued information about hacked emails concerning Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. "I think the amount of force when that the police used to arrest him seemed excessive ... but I also don't blame the cops".

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, however, that the indictment presented specific allegations of lies and witness intimidation that were unambiguous and provable.

"At the crack of dawn, 29 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with lights flashing, when they could have contacted my lawyer", Stone explained after a court appearance on the day of his arrest.

Stone told ABC that if he cooperates with Mueller, "I'd also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president".

The construction of that sentence does not make clear who gave that order to a senior campaign official, but raises the possibility the order came from Trump himself. Lauderdale. "I believe this is a politically motivated investigation".

Stone said he never discussed cooperation with Russian Federation with Trump.

"It is really to me just a police state tactic and it was horribly wrong", said King.

He said they went after Stone with this kind of "firepower" to intimidate him and to send a message to the public that Stone must be a "bad guy".