How did Roger Stone respond? Stone told the Fort Lauderdale assembly, "I am one of [Trump's] oldest friends". The special counsel alleges that Stone actually went through conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.
"That is correct", Stone said.
"There's no circumstance under which I would bear false witness to the president". There's still no evidence whatsoever that I had advance knowledge of the topic, the subject, or the source of the WikiLeaks disclosures.
Hours later, Stone appeared in court in a blue polo shirt and jeans.
He has been under scrutiny for months but has maintained his innocence.
"I am falsely accused", Stone said outside the court in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, declaring himself "troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors". "They terrorised my wife [and] my dogs".
"Again, I think it is created to intimidate me or perhaps seek personal information that can be used to embarrass me that has nothing to do with Wikileaks, Russia, the 2016 campaign or anything else".
The indictment says Stone carried out a "prolonged effort" to keep Credico from contradicting his testimony before the House intelligence committee.
According to the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, the strategist reportedly encouraged Mr Trump to run for the presidency. Stone on Sunday denied that the president has suggested doing so.
Though those allegations don't form the basis of any of the charges against Stone, their inclusion in the 24-page indictment could signal that Mueller isn't done with that prong of the investigation. "#CrookedHillary." In October, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails hacked from Podesta's Gmail account. The first batch of stolen Democratic National Committee emails were released on July 22, 2016, five days before Trump, at a campaign event, called for Russian Federation to unveil the rest of the Clinton team's emails.
The filing lays out how Stone, who left Trump's campaign in 2015, continued communicating regularly with unnamed senior campaign officials about WikiLeaks and its plans.
Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016
The plans were attached to the developer's proposal and did not come from the Trump Organization, a source tells DailyMail.com. Sater said Peskov had invited Cohen as his guest. "Individual 1" is Mueller's name for Trump in the investigation.
While the indictment provides some new insight into the Trump campaign, it deals largely with what prosecutors say were Stone's false statements about his conversations about WikiLeaks with NY radio host Randy Credico and with conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who rejected a plea offer from Mueller past year.
Credico's denial over the existence of a "back channel" has apparently infuriated Stone.
He said: 'This is an egregious overreach by Mr Muller.
"I do think that it's more than just coincidental that there's all of these communications between multiple members of the Trump campaign and Russians, and efforts by members of the Trump campaign to cover up and conceal" those communications, he said. "Rather the indictment focuses on alleged false statements made to Congress".
There is no smoking gun when it comes to the question of Russian Federation collusion.
Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, has acknowledged he was expecting to get "dirt" on Clinton at the meeting.
In 1988, as Reagan's second term was winding down, Stone arranged for Trump to travel to New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary, to address a crowd of 2,000 well-wishers.
His lawyer, Grant Smith, told Reuters that Stone would "vigorously" contest the charges. Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about the duration of negotiations involving a Trump Tower real estate deal in Moscow.
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.