Robert Mueller indicts Trump associate Roger Stone

By Kathryn Watson

/ CBS News

Roger Stone charged in Russia investigation

Fast Facts: The Roger Stone indictment

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been indicted by a federal grand jury and arrested, the special counsel's office announced Friday morning. The arrest and indictment marks a significant step in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates.

The indictment, unsealed Friday, lists seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding; five counts of false statements; and one count of witness tampering. Stone is expected to make his first appearance in federal court Friday at 11 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The indictment doesn't name WikiLeaks, but paints a picture of how Stone was allegedly in touch with top Trump campaign officials about leaked Democratic emails from "Organization 1" during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The indictment claims Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about information that could damage Hillary Clinton's campaign. The indictment also alleges Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases the "Organization 1" might have.

"During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1," the indictment reads.

A law enforcement source tells CBS News that Stone was arrested by the FBI before dawn at his home in Florida. CBS News has reached out to Stone's attorneys for comment. A person familiar with the investigation also tells CBS News' Pat Milton the FBOI is executing a search warrant at Roger Stone's New York residence.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, appearing on CNN Friday morning, said, "This has nothing to do with the president and certainly nothing to do with the White House." Sanders would not directly answer whether Mr. Trump did or did not ask senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about WikiLeaks.

The indictment alleges that after the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee and FBI began investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Stone "took steps to obstruct these investigations" by making false statements to the House Intelligence Committee and attempting to persuade a witness to provide false testimony.

The indictment contains multiple text and email exchanges allegedly involving Stone.

In one text obtained by Mueller's office, on Oct. 1, 2016, someone identified only as "Person 2" in the indictment sent Stone text messages that said, 'big news Wednesday . . . now pretend u don't know me . . . Hillary's campaign will die this week.'"

Six days later, hackers began releasing the personal emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Jerome Corsi, a onetime associate of Stone's, has publicly alleged that Stone had attempted to find out what information WikiLeaks had that could prove damaging to Clinton.

Last year, Stone told CNN he's likely the unnamed individual in a DOJ election hacking indictment who communicated with the online persona "Guccifer 2.0." The indictment claimed the Russian intelligence arm GRU posed as the persona of Guccifer 2.0 and used it to leak hacked records belonging to Democrats.

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence in 2017 asserted "with high confidence that the GRU relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

— Paula Reid and Pat Milton contributed to this report

First published on January 25, 2019

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Kathryn Watson

Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.

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