Roger Stone pleads not guilty in federal court to Mueller charges

Roger Stone pleads not guilty in federal court to Mueller charges

On Tuesday Roger Stone pleaded not guilty to Mueller’s accusations of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress after being indicted last week as part the Special Counsels Russia probe.

Appearing in federal court for the District of Columbia before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, Stone entered a not guilty plea through his attorney Robert Buschel. A status hearing was scheduled for Feb. 1.

Judge Deborah Robinson has ordered Stone not to travel anywhere other than Washington, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of Florida while the case is pending.

The 24-page indictment alleges that Former Trump political adviser Roger Stone worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election by making false statements to the committee, denying he had records sought by the committee and persuading a witness to provide false testimony.

The indictment does not charge Mr. Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, or with Russian officers, Robert Mueller says hacked them. Instead, it accuses him of witness tampering, obstruction, and false statements about his interactions related to WikiLeaks.

Last Friday Roger Stone was taken into custody after a barrage of officers in tactical gear arrested him at his home. With CNN there an hour beforehand to capture the moment and make a spectacle.

Roger Stone’s arrest drew scrutiny on social media—even from President Trump, who said “Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better.”

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