Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Nixon Foundation distances itself from Trump ally Roger Stone after indictment

Nixon Foundation distances itself from Trump ally Roger Stone after indictment

A longtime ally of President Donald Trump was arrested on Friday for lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut his Democratic rival in the latest arrest of the Special Counsel probe into possible election manipulation.

Indicted President Trump confidante Roger Stone said he would consider cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but insisted the Russian Federation probe will turn up no collusion on behalf of the president.

In a dawn raid, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carrying assault rifles swarmed the home of Roger Stone, one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures in United States politics.

US President Donald Trump has once again accused the US mainstream media of biased reporting and questioned why Hillary Clinton hadn't been indicted after his long-time ally Roger Stone was arrested as part of the Russian Federation probe.

Sunday morning, Stone said he would tell the truth about his communications with President Donald Trump and did not shut the door on the possibility of cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller. Stone agreed to post a $250,000 bond Friday, after making his first appearance in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Since Mr Trump's election, the president has distanced himself from Mr Stone.

Born in CT in 1952, Mr Stone first got involved in politics at the age of 8, agitating for Democratic candidate John F Kennedy. No operative in recent memory has earned and encouraged a greater reputation for political dark arts than Stone.

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

The document says that by June and July 2016, Stone had told senior Trump campaign officials that he had information indicating that WikiLeaks had obtained documents that could be damaging to Clinton's campaign.

Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, has acknowledged he was expecting to get "dirt" on Clinton at the meeting.

Some political analysts say the emails, which highlighted disputes among Democrats, contributed to Trump's stunning defeat of election rival Hillary Clinton.

Stone has a knack for commanding attention: He sports impeccably tailored suits and close-cropped bleach blond hair and is willing to say just about anything.

Now Roger Stone stands accused of obstructing a congressional inquiry and of witness tampering. The network has said it sent a camera crew to Stone's house following a hunch after grand jury activity the previous day.

The prosecutors also charged Stone for lying to the committee about his public statements in early August 2016, his attempt to reach out to WikiLeaks, as well his communications with an intermediary, and the Trump campaign.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the indictment "does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else". 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.

A self-described "dirty trickster" with a tattoo of former President Richard Nixon on his back, Stone served on Trump's campaign during the early months of the 2016 presidential race.

Mr Stone continued occasionally communicating with Mr Trump and stayed plugged into his circle of advisers, both formal and informal.

The high-ranking official is Steve Bannon, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, according to a person familiar with the matter.

"They're right, I did forget on some occasions that I had text messages and emails - that are entirely exculpatory", Stone told ABC.

Having long lived by the code that "It's better to be infamous than never famous at all", Stone nearly seemed to beam outside the Ft. "And if you are trying to connote a certain authority in your business life, I think being well dressed is part of that".

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