Roger Stone, an eccentric, long-time Republican strategist with Richard Nixon's tattoo on his back, was arrested on Friday for criminal charges involving obstruction of formal proceedings, false allegations and forging witnesses.
The federal jury, appointed by Special Adviser Robert Mueller, accused Stone of a seven-time charge. The FBI arrested him in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Stone would appear in court later on Friday.
Stone, working on the presidential campaigns for Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Doole and others, deserved President Donald Trump and served as an unofficial advisor after leaving Trump's campaign in August 2015.
He has repeatedly stated that it is "possible" that he will be charged with Müller's investigation of Russia's interference in the presidential election in 2016, and possibly with a conspiracy for Trump's campaign.
Stone has so far recognized that he was in contact with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks during Trump's campaign.
In the indictment, he allegedly spoke "to Trump's senior officials about WikiLeaks and" the information that could have been damaging to "the campaign of Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the the summer before the election.
According to the "prosecution," which refers to WikiLeaks as "Organization 1," Stone was "linked by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire into future editions."
Read the full indictment below.
The 12 July 2018 indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers in connection with the disruption of the Democratic National Committee's server during the 2016 elections indicated Stone as "a person who was in regular contact with senior members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign ".
Stone described his contact with the Russians who used the handle "Guccifer 2.0" as "benign". He told The Washington Post that he had met a Russian citizen who wanted to sell Hillary Clinton to Troyp for $ 2 million. The man had previously worked as an FBI informant but told Post that he did not worked on behalf of the FBI when he met Stone in May 2016
Stone's accusation came after his associate Randy Credico, a radio broadcaster, testified before the big jury.