Trump associate Roger Stone arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation in pre-dawn raid

CNN, in video of the arrest, showed a heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation team taking Stone away from his home in the dark just before 6am and Stone surrendering without any issue.

The indictment does not accuse Stone of coordinating with the Russian government's election interference in 2016, the key matter under investigation in Mueller's probe.

Stone appeared in court looking "disheveled" this morning. He did not enter a plea. After Wikileaks posted the initial batch of emails Russian Federation hacked from the DNC, the Trump campaign allegedly reached out to Stone to see if there were more.

Stone is an associate of President Donald Trump.

"There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself", Stone said.

He added he had been "falsely accused" of making false statements to the House intelligence committee, and says any error he made in his testimony wasn't intentional.

"Dr. Corsi has reviewed the indictment of Roger Stone ('Stone Indictment') which references him as Person 1", Corsi's lawyers Larry Klayman and David Gray said in a statement. An agent asked him, "are you Roger Stone?" and he said "yes".

Though not uncommon for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to make early morning arrests of targets under indictment, it's the first time Mueller has used that tactic.

On social media, some Democrats were quick to pounce on the news of Stone's indictment.

Hours later, he appeared in court in a blue polo shirt and jeans. He also said Stone did not receive documents from WikiLeaks ahead of their public release.

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While facing loud boos from people nearby, Stone smiled and thanked the crowd.

The document also repeatedly underlined the fact that Trump's campaign was interested in the information Wikileaks had obtained, even stating that "during the summer of 2016, Stone spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign".

Stone said any false statements he may have given to Congress would have been "immaterial and without intent".

Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Trump himself peddled doubts about his opponent's health on the campaign trail, fueling a right-wing conspiracy theory.

He also affirmed that he does not plan to testify against Trump, but would not say if he seeks a pardon from the president. He briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

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

The associate and the high-ranking campaign official are not named in the complaint, though the indictment describes how Stone told a reporter that what Assange had in the unreleased emails was good for the Trump campaign. The emails were stolen from John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Due to Justice Department policies, the indictment did not identify the senior campaign official and the individual who contacted Stone about Wikileaks. The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone.

Another Trump campaign official cited in the indictment is Steve Bannon, who later became Trump's chief strategist in the White House. Not only did Stone communicate with Credico nearly constantly by both text and email, they actually exchanged more than 30 text messages on the very day that Stone testified they had never communicated by text.

Stone also threatened to dognap Credico's canine, vowing "to take that dog away from you'".

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