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Stone, with his self-professed political dirty tricks and the tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, has long lurked in the shadows of Donald Trump's world and was instrumental in guiding him on his first steps to the White House.

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

Prosecutors had offered a plea agreement to Stone friend Jerome Corsi that would have required the conspiracy theorist and conservative author to admit that he intentionally lied to investigators about a discussion with Stone about WikiLeaks. He is also accused of making false statements to the House Intelligence Committee about his interactions related to the release by WikiLeaks of hacked emails during the 2016 presidential election.

Roger Stone, Trump's longest-serving political advisor, has been arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for lying to the investigators with regards to Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 actively sought the disclosure of emails the USA says were hacked by Russian Federation, then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. His case will be transferred to Washington, D.C.

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump's campaign adviser Roger Stone was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Fort Lauderdale on charges of obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering by special counsel Robert Mueller, in connection with his attempts to cover up his involvement in coordinating between the Trump campaign and stolen Democratic Party emails that were published by WikiLeaks.

The indictment also further illustrates the Trump campaign's intense interest in obtaining damaging information about Clinton.

In the indictment, the special counsel alleges that Stone communicated with the Trump campaign and told campaign officials that WikiLeaks "had documents whose release would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign".

Stone said he is "preparing" for his next scheduled court appearance next week in Washington.

Stone is the sixth Trump aide charged in Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and the 34th person overall.

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Stone was one of Trump's earliest political advisers, encouraging both his presidential runs.

And he is accused of "corruptly" persuading one of his associates, NY radio host Randy Credico, not to testify before the House intelligence committee in an effort to hide Stone's false statements.

The president has tried in recent months to downplay his connections to Stone, who had a brief role as a top adviser in Trump's presidential campaign until August 2015 but has been a Trump supporter and adviser for decades.

Stone, possibly sensing a vulnerable point in the man who he claimed was the "real" conduit to Wikileaks, threatened to disappear Bianca in an alleged bid to intimidate Credico away from testifying. Stone left the campaign just a few months later - he said he quit, Trump said he was sacked - but stayed close, frequently holding late-night phone calls with the candidate to discuss strategy and messaging.

Former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne had it up to here with President Donald Trump's dissembling lawyer Rudy Giuliani, saying Friday his defense of indicted Trump associate Roger Stone amounted to "an assault on our democratic process".

Manafort later became Trump's campaign chairman in spring 2016, in part due to a recommendation from Stone. Stone has released emails that he says support that assertion.

Stone has claimed that Credico, a progressive NY political activist and radio host, served as his backchannel to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.

Stone has publicly denigrated the Mueller investigation and echoed the president's descriptions of it as a witch hunt.