Roger Stone is expected to plead not guilty in court appearance

Steve Martin as Roger Stone on 'Saturday Night Live'

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been leading the special counsel investigation since it was launched May 2017.

Stone, a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" and Republican political operative for decades, also pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Washington, DC, to obstructing an official proceeding and witness tampering. "Nobody in Washington catches the irony to any of this. They're very detailed. And I think he's going to need a much better defense than the one you just heard".

Last year, Mueller charged 12 Russians accused in the hacking as part of his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. In their case, they lied about material, consequential things.

The absence of a definitive answer to the collusion question, more than 20 months into Mueller's work, has given the president and his allies a wedge to attack the investigation.

He was released on a $250,000 bond.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements in a case brought by Mueller in November.

But with each new charge, Mueller continues to publicly untangle Trump campaign operations and their intersection with Russia's efforts to hurt Clinton and help Trump.

Stone served as an adviser to Trump for years before Trump ran for president.

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An unidentified "senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [Wikileaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign", the special counsel's office wrote in its indictment of Stone.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing commentator and conspiracy theorist, said on Friday that he is the "Person 1" cited in the indictment as having communicated with Stone about the stolen emails and WikiLeaks' plan to release them.

"Had they contacted my attorneys I would have voluntarily turned myself in", Stone told reporters outside his Ft. And I will affirm that what is in the indictment about me is accurate.

Stone flashed a peace sign after he left the Ft.

"At the crack of dawn, 29 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with lights flashing, when they could have contacted my lawyer", Stone explained after a court appearance on the day of his arrest.

Stone told ABC that if he cooperates with Mueller, "I'd also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president". US intelligence agencies say the emails were stolen by Russian Federation. There is no allegation in the indictment that Stone actually communicated with Wikileaks.

He explained his attempt at crowdfunding as a response to what he hears on the street - "Hey, Roger, go fund yourself!" - and responded to Carlson's thanks with, "Pardon me?"

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