Roger Stone addressed a mob of reporters and a crowd of angry demonstrators outside of a federal courthouse in Florida Friday, after the longtime political operative was indicted on seven counts as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
“Lock him up, Lock him up,” the crowd jeered as Stone held a press conference following his arrest and indictment.
Stone, who was arrested by heavily armed FBI agents Friday morning in a pre-dawn raid, maintains there was never collusion between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russia and that Special Counsel Mueller’s probe is politically motivated.
“After a two-year inquisition, the charges today relate in no way to Russian collusion WikiLeaks collaboration or any other illegal act in connection with the 2016 campaign,” he told reporters. “I am falsely accused of making false statements during my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. That is incorrect. Any error I made in my testimony would be both immaterial and without intent.”
Stone reiterated after his arrest that he will not testify against President Trump, “one of his oldest friends” whose “doing a great job of making America great again.”
“I will plead not guilty to these charges. I will defeat them in court. I believe this is a politically motivated investigation. I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors,” he said. “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. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated.”
Stone was released on a $250,000 bond and slapped with strict travel restrictions, according to ABC News.
The predawn raid of Roger Stone’s home was captured by the CNN. CNN reporter David Shortell said he staked out Stone’s home the night before the pre-dawn and set up his camera crew because he had an intuition.
There were no cameras allowed in the courtroom when Roger Stone appeared this morning in Florida. But there was a sketch artist.
Stone argued that it was unnecessary for the FBI to create a spectacle and “terrorize” his family when he would willingly surrender voluntarily.
“I find it disturbing that the special counsel’s office released a press release prior to informing my attorney’s that I would be charged today. This morning at the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with their lights flashing when they could simply have contacted my attorneys and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily,” he said. “They terrorized my wife, my dogs. I was taken to the FBI facility, although I must say the FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous.”
Stone is charged with one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering.
The judge ordered that his travel will be restricted this morning and he is only allowed to travel to South Florida, the Eastern District of New York and the Eastern District of Washington D.C. and Virginia.
Shortly after Stone’s arrest, President Trump criticized the indictment, referring to the Mueller probe as the “Greatest Witch Hunt” in U.S. history.
“NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?” he wrote.
Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019