As the dust starts to settle after the morning arrest and indictment of Roger Stone on obstruction, witness tampering, and other charges, the 66-year-old Trump ally made a defiant appearance Friday outside a Fort Lauderdale courthouse, complete with an imitation of Richard Nixon's famous "victory" pose (you may have already known that Stone has a Nixon tattoo on his back). "I will plead not guilty to these charges, I will defeat them in court," said Stone, who was released on $250,000 bond, per CNN. "I believe this is a politically motivated investigation." It also appears he'll stay loyal to Trump as Robert Mueller's Russia probe continues. "There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself," he said, per ABC News and Axios. Details and developments:
- Infowars: Stone also granted his first post-indictment interview—to Infowars' Alex Jones. "Twenty-nine FBI agents showed up at my home, pounded on the door," Stone told Jones in their half-hour phone call, per the Washington Times. "I opened the door to pointed automatic weapons. I was handcuffed. There were, I don’t know, 17 vehicles in the street with lights on. They terrorized my wife and my dogs."
- Video: See video of the arrest here.
- The crux of the indictment: Stone's contacts with the Trump campaign regarding WikiLeaks, aka "Organization 1," per NBC News. One note in the indictment that's caught people's attention: "“After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information Organization 1 had regarding the Clinton Campaign." People are speculating on who did the "directing."