Political adviser Roger Stone has been arrested by the FBI following an indictment by Roger Mueller’s grand jury. The longtime friend and confidant to the President allegedly tried to get stolen DNC emails from WikiLeaks.
The indictment claims senior members of the Trump campaign were directing him.
This is the first arrest that ties the Trump campaign to illegal activities. Previous arrests, including that of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, have not been associated directly with the campaign. Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney and “fixer,” has connected the President and members of his campaign team to various scandals, but none of them have been considered illegal.
Trying to work with WikiLeaks to get information about the stolen DNC emails is against the law.
CNN, which has been camped out in front of Stone’s house for weeks, captured the arrest on camera. Lighting is poor, but the audio is clear.
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. He was arrested by the FBI this morning, his lawyer tells CNN.
— New Day (@NewDay) January 25, 2019
The indictment is long and the charges are serious. If it can be proven that Stone was working directly with the Trump campaign at the highest levels, this really may be the big event the President’s enemies have been waiting for from Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 elections.
A point few are bringing up is how Mueller’s team was able to collect so much information about Stone. Two theories come to mind, though there may be other reasons. Theory one is that Stone is just an idiot. If he left such an easy trail to follow, it’s surprising it’s taken this long to get him. Theory two is less likely but more intriguing. If Russia, either directly or through WikiLeaks, was trying to influence the election to sow discord between Americans, then it’s entirely possible they could have helped the Trump campaign, then helped the investigators find evidence against the campaign. It’s hard to imagine anything more polarizing and destructive to America than people in the President’s orbit being caught up in criminal legal troubles.
Roger Stone, like every American, is innocent until proven guilty. But so far we haven’t seen Robert Mueller’s investigation act without sufficient evidence to prosecute. This is a very bad situation for Stone and it could come back to bite the President.