Former Trump campaign advisor and longtime political operative Roger Stone was arrested early Friday morning following an indictment by a Washington, D.C. grand jury on Thursday. Stone is charged with with lying, obstruction, and witness tampering related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Stone was awakened by the FBI Friday morning when a team of a dozen or so agents raided his Fort Lauderdale home around 6:00 am.
"FBI. Open the door.”
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Specifically, Stone is charged with seven counts: One count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. Read the full indictment here.
Stone, the indictment says, encouraged Wikileaks’ public leaks of stolen Clinton campaign emails and was in contact with members of the Trump campaign team about the leaks. The leaked emails and the news coverage that surrounded them were detrimental to the Clinton campaign in the final months of the 2016 election.
Stone is currently out on bond and has said he will plead not guilty. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Washington, D.C.