Roger Stone Arrested at Home Wearing Pajamas

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

Roger Stone is a confidant of President Donald Trump

Unpaid FBI agents volunteered to knock on Stone's door in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after he was indicted by a federal grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Stone was charged with seven counts and accused of lying to Congress and trying to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

But House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said in a statement that his committee "will be eager to learn just who directed a senior campaign official to contact Stone about additional damaging information held by Wikileaks" just "days before Donald Trump called on Russian Federation to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing" from Hillary Clinton's email server".

Stone is now expected to appear in court on Friday afternoon.

According to the indictment, between June and July of 2016, Stone told "senior Trump campaign officials" about the stolen emails in WikiLeaks' possession that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton. Wikileaks finally released October 7 what would become the first of multiple batches of emails stolen from the Clinton campaign.

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, exits the United States Courthouse after sentencing at the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 12, 2018.

During the 1970s, Stone also played a key role in bringing the full force of outside campaign money behind negative advertising against congressional candidates.

For months, Stone has warned that he could be indicted, saying in public he believed Mueller was investigating whether he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign.

Stone responded at the time, "I'd tell [the high-ranking Trump Campaign official] but he doesn't call me back". He was arrested Friday for lying to investigators and trying to tamper with a witness.

A file photograph of Roger Stone.

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He had urged Trump to run for president since 1988, was chairman of his presidential exploratory committee in 2000 and was a consultant when Trump considered running in 2012, according to Stone's 2017 book about Trump's campaign for the White House.

Sam Nunberg, a Stone ally who also worked on the early stages of the Trump campaign, said the self-described "dirty trickster" would relish the legal spotlight.

Trump's critics noted that the arrest showed Mueller's probe getting closer to the president himself.

The case comes weeks after Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was castigated by a judge in open court and just hours before Paul Manafort, his ex-campaign chairman, appeared on allegations that he had lied to prosecutors. U.S. intelligence agencies and Mueller's investigators have said Russian Federation was the source of that hacked material.

Through it all, Stone never strayed too far from Trump's orbit.

The dog - a Coton de Tulear named Bianca - belongs to New York City comedian, radio host and moonlighting civil rights activist Randy Credico.

The 24-page indictment is peppered with alleged threats, some with typos or grammatical errors, from Stone to the unnamed associate.

Stone allegedly threatened to "take that dog away from you" in a series of April 2018 messages where the longtime GOP operative called Credico a "rat" and "stoolie".

The indictment showed Stone using language evoking mob bosses - and even citing a "Godfather" movie - as he called an unnamed associate facing Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiries "a rat" and "a stoolie" in a series of profanity-laced messages.

Over the next three decades, Stone would repeatedly encourage Trump - whose celebrity status grew more solidified by his foray into reality television - to seek the presidency.

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