In 2016, USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation had tried to turn the election in Mr Trump's favour through state-sponsored cyber-attacks and fake news stories spread on social media. Mueller has indicted several Trump-campaign associates but has not charged anyone for colluding with Russian Federation. He was arrested by the FBI Friday morning at his home in Florida, his lawyer tells CNN. Stone had been predicting his indictment for some time. A judge released him on a $250,000 bond and ordered him to limit his travel to South Florida, New York City and Washington. The almost two-year-old probe has exposed multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the campaign and transition period and revealed efforts by several to hide those communications.
The list also includes his former presidential campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's colleague, Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. "And as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself". "They can't prove collusion or conspiracy because it doesn't exist, so they're going after him personally".
Trump expressed confidence last month that Stone would ultimately stay loyal to his cause, despite mounting pressure from the ongoing FBI investigation.
Roger Stone has been known to revel in his reputation for underhanded tactics.
After his release from custody, Roger Stone told reporters his arrest was politically motivated. He briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Stone directly rebutted that claim Friday. On July 22, WikiLeaks released its first batch of Democratic emails.
The indictment says Mr Stone repeatedly discussed WikiLeaks with campaign associates and lays out in detail Mr Stone's conversations about stolen Democratic emails posted in the weeks before Mr Trump beat Clinton.
For months, Stone has warned that he could be indicted, saying in public he believed Mueller was investigating whether he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign.
It was a reference to "The Godfather: Part II", federal prosecutors pointed out in their indictment of Stone on Friday. Bloomberg and CNBC also reported that the official was Bannon, citing sources familiar with the situation.
The FBI also executed a search warrant at Stone's NY residence. I guarantee you are the one who gets indicted for perjury if you're stupid enough to testify.
Person 1 is reportedly Jerome Corsi, and person 2 is reportedly Randy Credico.
Stone allegedly threatened to "take that dog away from you" in a series of April 2018 messages where the longtime GOP operative called Credico a "rat" and "stoolie". Let's get it on.
Stone was often by Trump's side as he talked up a possible 2000 bid for president as a candidate of the Reform Party.
Then, on October 7, 2016, WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of emails stolen from Podesta's email account. Stone has released emails that he says support that assertion.
In a tweet Friday, Podesta wrote it was now "Roger's time in the barrel".