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Trump associate Roger Stone arrested on obstruction, witness tampering charges

Posted: 5:35 AM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 09:42:52-05

WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has been arrested in Florida on several charges.

Stone, 66, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday following an indictment by a grand jury in the District of Columbia.

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Stone is charged in a seven-count indictment with witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to the release by WikiLeaks of hacked emails during the 2016 presidential election. Some of those false statements were made to the House intelligence committee, according to the indictment.

The indictment lays out in detail Stone’s conversations about stolen Democratic emails posted by WikiLeaks in the weeks before the Republican beat Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Mueller’s office has said those emails, belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were hacked by Russian intelligence officers.

Stone, a Republican political strategist who consulted on President Trump’s political campaign, is scheduled to appear in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.