Donald Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation. Stone appeared Tuesday for his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Washington after spending the weekend blasting special counsel Robert Mueller's case against him as politically motivated, the AP reports. Stone arrived in a black SUV wearing an all-blue suit and tie. He waved to a small crowd of supporters and protesters, including some yelling, "Lock him up!" He's charged in a seven-count indictment with obstruction, lying to Congress, and witness tampering. Prosecutors say he lied about the contents of his discussions with the Trump campaign involving WikiLeaks and hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton that the anti-secrecy group released during the 2016 campaign. Stone is also accused of corruptly influencing the testimony of another witness.
The self-proclaimed dirty trickster and longtime confidant of the president was arrested last week during a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home. He has asserted his innocence in a series of TV interviews since his arrest, with the AP noting that being outspoken is an unusual strategy given that most defendants tend to stay quiet as their case proceeds. It's unclear whether Mueller's prosecutors will look to have Stone locked up, and whether Magistrate Deborah Robinson might impose a gag order.
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