Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo defends Roger Stone

by Garry Watts January 30, 2019, 0:26
Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo defends Roger Stone

Roger Stone has entered a not guilty plea in federal court in Washington, DC.

US President Donald Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to making false statements to Congress and other charges brought in the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

In one charge, he is accused of threatening a contact of his whose congressional testimony about WikiLeaks would contradict Stone's.

The real-world Stone indictment included one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements and one count of witness-tampering.

Stone said he would have voluntarily turned himself in, but he was not given the opportunity.

Corsi said that he did not have a good mechanism for doing so, but that he made some halfhearted attempts, including issuing "some tweets".

Stone displayed his usual bravado, saying Monday that he would travel from Florida to Washington to fight the charges against him and blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a "raw abuse of power". Less than an hour after the tape leaked in October 2016, WikiLeaks began dumping emails Russian Federation stole from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which, while they contained no actual new scandals, muddied the waters of the overall reporting climate in Trump's favor.

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The real estate tycoon was a client of the lobbying firm Black, Manafort and Stone beginning in the 1980s, and admitted in the recent documentary Get Me Roger Stone that the Republican operative has long groomed him for a run for political office.

Stone's arrest drew scrutiny on social media-even from President Trump, who said "Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better".

Mueller's investigation, which was initially ordered to look into the 2016 election, has gone on for more than a year and half.

Stone, free on bond, has spent the days since his arrest complaining vociferously about the takedown. It alleges that Stone informed unidentified senior Trump campaign officials of what Stone was hearing about plans by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks regarding the hacked emails. "It's called politics and they haven't criminalized it, at least not yet", Stone said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

According to court documents, the indictment against Stone was sealed to minimize the risk that he'd destroy evidence.

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

'I would also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the President. "This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, explaining that Stone is not charged with violent crimes, has no criminal past and is not a flight risk.

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