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Trump Associate Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty in Obstruction Case
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49031"><span class="small">Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press</span></a>   
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 13:57

Excerpt: "Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in the Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent torching the probe as politically motivated."

Roger Stone arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington on Tuesday for his arraignment. The longtime political consultant pleaded not guilty to the charges of false statements and obstruction. (photo: CNBC)
Roger Stone arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington on Tuesday for his arraignment. The longtime political consultant pleaded not guilty to the charges of false statements and obstruction. (photo: CNBC)


Trump Associate Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty in Obstruction Case

By Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press

29 January 19

 

oger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in the Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent torching the probe as politically motivated.

The political operative and self-proclaimed dirty trickster appeared for his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Washington. He faces charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Stone made no public statements as he arrived for the hearing in a black SUV. He waved to a small crowd of supporters chanting that he did nothing wrong and holding up glowing photos of him. And he largely ignored a group of protesters yelling “Lock him up” and carrying signs reading “dirty traitor.”

Stone was arrested early Friday at his Florida home. He appeared in federal court in Washington amid new signals about special counsel Robert Mueller probe’s endgame. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday that the investigation is “close to being completed,” although an exact timetable is unclear.

Mueller’s continued interest in hearing from Stone aide Andrew Miller, who is fighting the grand jury subpoena, indicates the special counsel could be pursuing additional criminal charges against Stone or others related to WikiLeaks’ release of hacked material during the 2016 election.

A self-described dirty trickster, Stone is the sixth Trump aide charged in Mueller’s investigation. The indictment does not accuse Stone of coordinating with Russia or with WikiLeaks on the release of hacked Democratic emails. But it does allege that he misled lawmakers about his pursuit of those communications and interest in them. The anti-secrecy website published emails in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election that the U.S. says were stolen from Democrats by Russian operatives.

Stone, who has alleged without evidence that the FBI used “Gestapo tactics” in arresting him, said he did nothing more than exercise his First Amendment rights to drum up interest with voters about the WikiLeaks disclosures. He said he never discussed the issue with Trump.

“That’s what I engaged in. It’s called politics and they haven’t criminalized it, at least not yet,” Stone said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“All I did was take publicly available information and try to hype it to get it as much attention as possible, because I had a tip, the information was politically significant and that it would come in October,” he added.

Tuesday’s arraignment could inspire the same circus-like atmosphere that surrounded his Friday court appearance in Florida, where Stone emerged from the building in a blue polo shirt, flashed a Richard Nixon victory sign, predicted his vindication and vowed that he would not “bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself.”

It’s unclear whether Mueller’s prosecutors will look to have Stone locked up pending trial or whether they will simply recommend conditions that would allow him to remain free on bond. It’s also possible that U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson might impose a gag order to prevent Stone from discussing the case.

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+2 # McGeorge Govern 2019-01-30 01:39
The sacked Gen. Flynn is accused of lying to the FBI about 2 post-election conversations with the now-deceased Russian Ambassador. One of those conversations he undertook as a favor to the Israeli intelligence services. Funny, no Dems are complaining about Israeli meddling in US politics!. lol
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-30 08:00
"Stone, who has alleged without evidence that the FBI used “Gestapo tactics” in arresting him,"


Why would these authors include the phrase "without evidence." Did they not see the CNN video of the arrest -- 29 fully combat dressed FBI agents, two SEALS in the water behind his house, helicopter above, armored vehicles, full automatic assault weapons drawn, grenades. Why such a show of force for a 70 year old man who has no history of violence or any kind of resistance. Had they simply asked him to report to the court at a certain time, he would have done it.



This article does make a good point. Probably these seven charges are just the opening salvo. Mueller will file more and more charges against Stone. His bail may be revoked and he may be placed in solitary confinement, just as Manafort was. Mueller is looking for people to take a guilty plea and provide testimony against Trump. A trial is the last thing Mueller wants. He is likely to escalate his legal assault in full GESTAPO style in order to get Stone to submit to his demands.


Stone is a very weird guy. He talks a lot. Mueller will have to shut him up. Mueller lost big time in allowing Corsi to publish in a book all the GESTAPO tactics Mueller used against him. Mueller did not charge Corsi so he has no control over him. He may charge Corsi just to shut him up. Stone will make the same revelations and so a court imposed gag order will be soon in coming.

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