Ex-Trump adviser accuses Russian Federation probe of ‘Gestapo tactics’

Former Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone claimed Monday that the ultimate goal of the Mueller investigation could be to charge President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with "some hoked up frame of Russian collusion" in order to gain the president of their choosing.

Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser, was arrested during an early morning FBI raid at his house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday and indicted on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

A self-described dirty trickster, Stone is the sixth Trump aide charged in Mueller's investigation.

"That way they can make Nancy Pelosi president", Stone said.

A small group of protesters waved Russian flags and a placard that said "Dirty Traitor" while other people showed their support for the 66-year-old veteran Republican operative, chanting: "Free Roger Stone".

Robinson on Tuesday ordered Stone not to travel anywhere other than Washington, the Eastern District of NY, and the Southern District of Florida while the case is pending. But it does allege that he misled lawmakers about his pursuit of those communications and interest in them.

Mr Mueller a year ago charged 12 Russians accused in the hacking as part of his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election, whether Mr Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether the President unlawfully sought to obstruct the investigation.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing author and conspiracy theorist, said on Monday that he was ready to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump who was indicted last week in the Russian Federation probe, and to "let the chips fall where they may". Corsi's stepson, Andrew Stettner, also received a subpoena to testify, and the action was seen as a sign that Mueller is keenly focused on the right-wing gadfly, whose causes - from the "birther" movement to conspiracies about the "deep state" - are also Trump's. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has yet to rule in the case.

Schiff said his panel would give Mueller access to all transcripts of testimony before the committee, including Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., for prosecution purposes.

Stone appeared in federal court for the District of Columbia before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson.

Stone, who has alleged without evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used "Gestapo tactics" in arresting him, said he did nothing more than exercise his First Amendment rights to drum up interest with voters about the WikiLeaks disclosures.

Some political analysts say the emails, which highlighted disputes among Democrats, contributed to Trump's stunning defeat of election rival Hillary Clinton.

  • Joey Payne