‘I’m in for the fight of my life but I will not quit. I will not fold. I will not bend’: Roger Stone takes to the talk show circuit to decry ‘thin, fabricated’ Mueller indictment

Saturday, January 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

Roger Stone sat down for interviews with Fox News and CNN on Friday night, hours after he was arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The longtime confidant of President Trump faces seven charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller including making false statements to Congress
Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Stone declared: ‘I will be vindicated’
The 66-year-old said the heavily-armed manner of his arrest was unnecessary because he would have voluntarily turned himself in to authorities
He maintained that there is no evidence against him and that he will not be bullied into turning against the president
Stone was released on $250,000 bail after appearing in a Florida federal court
He is accused of making ‘multiple false statements’ to Congress about his contact with Wikileaks and wrongly denying having records of the conversations
Stone is also accused of trying to persuade a witness ‘to provide false testimony to and withhold pertinent information from the investigations’

25 January 2019

Roger Stone decried the Mueller indictment against him as ‘thin’ and ‘fabricated’ and said he’s gearing up for a fierce legal battle as he hit the talk show circuit hours after being arrested at his Florida home.

Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday night, the former confidant to President Donald Trump declared: ‘I intend to plead not guilty. I believe I will be vindicated.

‘The indictment is thin, indeed. So what is this about? It’s about silencing me.’

Stone continued: ‘There is a war on alternative media. There is a war where they are trying to criminalize political expression. There is a war where they are trying to criminalize free speech.’

FBI agents clad in bulletproof vests arrived at Stone’s Fort Lauderdale mansion with guns drawn on Friday morning after Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed a seven-count indictment from a grand jury impaneled in his sprawling probe of Russian election meddling.

Mueller asked a judge Thursday to keep Stone’s indictment sealed until his arrest, aguing that ‘law enforcement believes that publicity resulting from disclosure will increase the risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence.’

The indictment does not charge him with crimes directly related to Russia or with conspiracy to skew the 2016 election, but with what legal experts call ‘process crimes’ – lying to investigators and trying to tamper with their work after being asked about contacts he claimed to have with WikiLeaks around the time the anti-privacy group published thousands of stolen emails that embarrassed Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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