Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a confidant of United States (US)President Donald Trump, was arrested in the special counsel’s Russia investigation in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home yesterday and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.

The seven-count indictment against Stone is the first criminal case in months from special counsel Robert Mueller. It provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates were aware in the summer of 2016 that e-mails had been stolen from the Hillary Clinton campaign and wanted them released. It alleges that unnamed senior Trump campaign officials contacted Stone to ask when the stolen e-mails might be disclosed.

The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks or with the Russians. Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks’ release.

Roger Stone. – AP