Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone remained defiant Friday after his early morning arrest and court appearance stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“I will plead not guilty,” Stone said after his arraignment. “I will defeat them in court. I believe this is politically motivated.”
“There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease pressure on myself,” he added.
Stone was indicted on seven counts, including obstruction, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering.
All stem from his alleged connection to Wikileaks and hacked Democratic Party emails.
According to the indictment, Stone was allegedly in repeated contact with Trump campaign officials in 2016 about future Wikileaks releases, and allegedly told campaign officials he knew Wikileaks had information damaging to Hillary Clinton.
Stone has strongly denied any collusion with Russia, something repeated by President Trump and the White House.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with the President, doesn’t have anything to do with the White House,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
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