A Florida court on Friday has agreed to release former Donald Trump’s former informal adviser and friend Roger Stone on bail of $ 250,000, US media reported.
The 66-year-old political lobbyist was arrested at dawn at his home in Fort Lauderdale and is charged with, among other things, false statements and witness tampering, as part of the delicate Russian investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Also suspected of false testimony, Roger Stone appeared in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. The judge decided to release him against a deposit of 250,000 dollars, with limited travel until the next hearing.
Stone’s lawyer said his client “vigorously” rejected the charges, adding that he simply “forgot to say something to Congress”.
Donald Trump once again denounced “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country” and reaffirmed that there was no collusion between his campaign team and Russia.
Roger Stone, who was charged on Thursday, advised Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.
He drew attention during the last presidential campaign, when he hinted he was in possession of data obtained by hackers likely to embarrass the Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, the rival of Trump.
Emails and SMS
In the indictment, the prosecutor’s office indicates that Roger Stone “sent and received numerous emails and SMS during the 2016 campaign, in which he mentioned Organization 1 and his manager and said he had pirated emails. “.
The court file does not say what is this “Organization 1” but it seems to correspond to the WikiLeaks site, which has been distributing for years confidential information obtained from anonymous sources.
Roger Stone was still in possession of some of this information when he gave false testimony about them, the prosecution adds.
He also spoke with senior officials of Donald Trump’s campaign of information that “the organization could hold and likely to harm the Clinton campaign,” the document said.