It is being reported that Roger Stone, a political operative and former Trump associate, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid of his home.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the 66-year-old was arrested by heavily armed law enforcement officials at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
From the Washington Examiner:
A Washington grand jury approved the indictment Thursday.
The 24-page indictment introduced Stone as an official on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign until August 2015, and that he maintained contact with it and publicly supported it through the 2016 election.
Under the indictment, Stone faces seven counts — one for obstruction of proceeding, five for making false statements and one for witness tampering.
The indictment alleged that Stone was told by an unnamed senior Trump campaign official to find out more about what emails WikiLeaks had that would reveal information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“FBI agents in riot gear showed up at Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home in the early morning darkness Friday,” BizPac Review reports.
None of the charges against Stone include collusion with the Russian government in an effort to win the 2016 presidential election.
“Notably, Stone is not accused of taking part in collusion with the Russian government or of taking part in the theft of emails stolen from Democrats. He will appear in federal court Friday morning for his first hearing,” the Daily Caller reports.
The charges center on Stone’s discussions with associates and Trump campaign officials about WikiLeaks, the group founded by Julian Assange that released Democrats’ emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The indictment accuses Stone of lying to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) during a Sept. 27, 2017 hearing about his discussions about WikiLeaks and Assange, neither of which are named in the indictment.
The indictment also alleges that during that same month, Stone told senior Trump campaign officials that he had information that WikiLeaks had documents that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.
Those officials are not named, and Stone’s attorney, Grant Smith, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he was not familiar with who they are.
“They couldn’t find collusion, so they’re trying to get him on an immaterial charge,” Smith told TheDCNF.
“It goes without saying, Roger is going to fight this.”