WASHINGTON— Roger Stone was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Friday morning, the latest development in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
The arrest came after the longtime Trump ally and political operative was charged by a grand jury in Washington, D.C. with obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering.
At the heart of the January 24 indictment, unsealed Friday, is Stone’s efforts with a third-party intermediary to orchestrate WikiLeaks’ release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
The Justice Department has previously concluded that WikiLeaks received the emails from Russian intelligence operatives posing as unaffiliated hackers.
Stone was ultimately charged with obstruction of proceedings, witness tampering and five counts of making false statements.
According to the indictment, Stone made five misleading comments to the House Intelligence Committee regarding his communication with the intermediary, likely conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.
Stone is also accused of withholding documents and attempting to sway the testimony of an additional individual, believed to be radio personality Randy Credico based on previous statements he’s made.
The indictment also details conversations Stone allegedly had with senior members of the Trump campaign focused on the WikiLeaks’ release.
Stone is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. EST in Ft. Lauderdale.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders brushed off the news on CNN Friday morning.
“This has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House.”