Who is Roger Stone? The Longtime Republican Operative Worked for Nixon

"Are you Roger Stone?" an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent asks the disheveled Stone, who was wearing pajamas and glasses.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2017.

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, left, walks to the Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with Roger Stone, the director of Trump's presidential exploratory committee, October 25, 1999, for the swearing-in of Trump's sister as a federal appeals court judge.

The AP has much more on Stone here. He did not enter a plea.

Stone has denied any wrongdoing, saying any misstatements he made were "immaterial and without intent".

Prosecutors say Stone lied during his September 26, 2017, testimony before the House intelligence committee about his interactions regarding WikiLeaks and his communications with the Trump campaign.

But he seemed in good spirits yesterday despite being charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid.

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Stone was charged in a seven-count indictment that includes witness tampering, obstruction and false statements. He described Robert Mueller as a "runaway Special Prosecutor who is accountable to no one".

In 2016, USA intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation had tried to turn the election in Mr Trump's favour through state-sponsored cyber-attacks and fake news stories spread on social media.

The charges Stone faces mainly relate to an alleged relationship he had with Wikileaks around the time the whistle-blower group released stolen emails that seriously - some would argue fatally - damaged the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Roger Stone, a 66-year-old self-proclaimed Republican "dirty trickster", declared himself innocent hours after a large team of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"First of all, I always said that there could be some process crime", Stone told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time".

Hours after his arrest, Stone appeared in court in a blue polo shirt and jeans.

"The charges brought against Mr Stone have nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the White House", she told CNN.

Meanwhile, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page were investigated by House Republicans in a probe that ended last month, while former FBI general counsel James Baker has also been investigated by Congress. Stone pledged to fight the charges and reiterated his support for Trump, a man who he supports politically and considers a close friend.

"I did forget that I had text messages from an old cell phone that were entirely exculpatory which proved that everything I said was accurate", Stone said.

Trump appeared to reference Stone's arrest and indictment in an early morning tweet.

"Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country!" Stone has a tattoo of the former president on his upper back.

In that interview, Stone also stressed that he would never turn on President Trump. Under the pseudonym Jason Rainier, Stone made contributions on behalf of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, a Republican primary opponent of Nixon in 1972.

Stone briefly served on Trump's campaign, but was pushed out amid infighting with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The indictment says Stone repeatedly discussed WikiLeaks with campaign associates and lays out in detail Stone's conversations about emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and posted in the weeks before Trump beat Clinton.

  • Joey Payne