Trump Associate Roger Stone Indicted By Mueller's Special Counsel
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 28, 2019,
Jan 28, 2019, 0:46
At one point on Sunday, Stephanopoulos asked Stone: "You say you won't bare false witness against President Trump".
As a campaign advisor, then, Stone could have colluded - and Giuliani wouldn't deny it.
Stone's indictment charges him with seven felonies, including witness tampering, obstruction and false statements, while leaving open the question of whether his or the Trump's campaign's interest in exploiting Russia-hacked emails about Democrat Hillary Clinton crossed a legal line.
"Your view, based on what we know to be, the trigger that Mueller is willing to use on false statements to Congress, is that you have knowledge of other individuals that you think by this standard would also be charged?"
Stone joined his friend's long-shot campaign early on in 2015 but left shortly thereafter for reasons that remain in dispute.
Then later, after WikiLeaks released hacked material from the Democratic National Committee on July 22, 2016, the indictment says a senior Trump campaign official "was directed" to contact Stone about additional releases and "what other damaging information" WikiLeaks had "regarding the Clinton campaign".
The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 actively sought the disclosure of emails the U.S. says were hacked by Russian Federation, then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
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Indeed, in the 2008 feature in the New Yorker, Stone was accused by a senior Ronald Reagan aide of being a "fringe player" and a "little rat" who exaggerated his closeness to the Nixon administration.
On Sunday, Corsi denied any contacts with WikiLeaks and said his reference in the email to Stone about Clinton's health was just an educated guess.
The charges Stone faces mainly relate to an alleged relationship he had with Wikileaks around the time the whistle-blower group released stolen emails that seriously - some would argue fatally - damaged the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page were investigated by House Republicans in a probe that ended last month, while former FBI general counsel James Baker has also been investigated by Congress.
"I am falsely accused", Stone said outside the court in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, declaring himself "troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors".
"Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! That's what I engaged in - it's called politics", he said.
After the committee contacted Credico for testimony, Stone attempted to persuade Credico to either claim not to remember specific facts or to assert the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Randy Credico (R) and his dog Bianca arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington on September 7, 2018.
Credico and Stone would go on to have discussions about ongoing investigations. Stone tried to persuade Credico not to talk to investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the messages detailed in the indictment suggests. In court papers, prosecutors wrote they had concerns that if Stone was tipped off to the indictment, it would increase the risk he would flee or destroy evidence.