What You Need To Know: Roger Stone

READ: The full indictment of Roger Stone by special counsel Robert Mueller

Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and an adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was arrested early Friday morning after he was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying and witness tampering.

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Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” who began his career under former President Richard Nixon, was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale home by FBI agents. 

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In a seven-count indictment by a federal grand jury, Stone was charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering.

Some of the false statements Stone is alleged to have made came when he spoke to the House intelligence committee, according to the indictment.

The indictment also says that the Trump campaign directed a senior campaign official to get in touch with Stone after WikiLeaks released hacked emails from the DNC in July 2016.

The indictment does not name the official but said he or she asked Stone about more releases and "what other damaging information" the website had "regarding the Clinton campaign.”

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What is not there? The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.

Nor is Stone accused in this indictment of colluding with the Russian officers Mueller indicted last July.

Read the full indictment below:

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Roger Stone speaks at the American Priority Conference in Washington. Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, has been arrested in Florida. That's according to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which says he faces charges including witness tampering, obstruction and false statements. Stone has been under scrutiny for months but has maintained his innocence.
Photo: (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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