Roger Stone Pledges to Fight Mueller Charges: 'I Won't Bear False Witness Against the President'
Indicted for false statements, obstruction, witness tampering.
Former Nixon adviser Roger Stone struck the two-peace-sign salute made famous by his former boss as he forcefully maintained his innocence Friday, leaving the courthouse in Broward County, Fla.
Stone, a former longtime political confidant to President Trump, has been indicted on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging Russia collusion probe.
Quoting from his own anthology of "Stone's Rules," the 66-year-old told reporters that "the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."
"The charges today relate in no way to Russian collusion," Stone, who got his start in politics as a teen volunteer for the 1964 presidential campaign of former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), said.
"Any error I made in my testimony immaterial and without intent," he added.
Stone said he was "falsely accused" and was "disturbed" by the lengths Mueller's team went in taking him into custody.
Most significant in the Stone indictment is new info that a senior campaign official was “directed” in July 2016 to contact Mr. Stone about additional Wikileaks releases.
This was at same time candidate Trump was publicly calling for Russia’s help in obtaining Clinton’s emails. pic.twitter.com/wtDDmHwyWt
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 25, 2019
As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted on "Outnumbered," the FBI gets instructions on how to arrest suspects directly from the special counsel's team.
Stone blasted the spectacle that unfolded in front of his Fort Lauderdale home around 6 a.m. local time, in which dozens of law enforcement vehicles with their lights flashing pulled up, and a swarm of heavily-armed FBI agents surrounded his property.
Retired Cincinnati Bengals star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson said he was out for a walk in the neighborhood and was surprised by the sudden disturbance at the home of his "neighbor, Roger."
FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog, I’ve only seen shit like that in movies, crazy to start to my Friday
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) January 25, 2019
However, Stone said that though his wife and dogs were "terrorized" by the ordeal, the agents themselves treated him respectfully.
The situation mirrors the capture of Stone's former business partner and ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Jr., in which he was startled in the early morning hours as agents converged on his door.
"I will plead not guilty to these charges," Stone said, trying to speak over the chants of anti-Trump factions that had assembled outside the courthouse. "This is a politically motivated investigation."
Stone blasted his critics and said that there are "no circumstances" in which he will "bear false witness" against his friend Trump.
Stone's staff posted to his Instagram account -- the politico was previously banned from Twitter -- that the feds employed tactics similar to a "Gestapo playbook" in his arrest.
Watch Roger Stone on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" at 8:00pm ET.