Trump lashes out at ‘witch hunt’ after Stone is arrested

Trump lashes out at ‘witch hunt’ after Stone is arrested

President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill during the government shutdown, January 9, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON — In his first public response to Roger Stone’s arrest, President Donald Trump used a familiar refrain, claiming it was a sign of the “Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country.”

Roger Stone and Alex Jones watch Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, 2018 (TMN)
Roger Stone watches testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, 2018. (TMN)

Stone was arrested at his Ft. Lauderdale home Friday in a pre-dawn FBI raid.

CNN was on-site, but reporter David Shortell said he went to Stone’s house after observing “unusual grand jury activity” and was not tipped off, as the president alleged.

A grand jury in Washington, D.C. charged Stone with obstruction of proceedings, witness tampering and five counts of making false statements before Congress. Stone is a longtime friend of Trump and served as an informal political adviser.

Stone appeared Friday morning in court and was released on a $250,000 signature bond, which does not require payment. He is expected to make public remarks later in the morning.

The White House and Trump’s personal legal team have largely dismissed the latest development in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe, claiming it has nothing to do with Trump and does not represent collusion between his campaign and Russia, the primary focus of Mueller’s investigation.

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