UPDATED 11:11 AM PT — Friday, January 25, 2019
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone recently spoke out for the first time since his Friday morning arrest. Stone appeared before a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, following indictments issued by the special counsel.
The former Trump campaign adviser has been accused of having advanced knowledge of the WikiLeaks document dumps. However, Stone mentioned the charges have nothing to do with collusion or WikiLeaks.
He added, most of the charges relate to false statements, and said any comments he made that were not accurate were irrelevant.
“This is a politically motivated investigation, I am troubled by the political motivations by the prosecutors, and as I have said previously, 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,” Stone stated publicly.
He said he is a victim of political targeting, and plans on pleading not guilty to the charges.
Meanwhile, President trump is fighting back against the mainstream media and his critics by criticizing the Russia probe and the treatment of people associated with it.
In a tweet Friday, the president said the Mueller investigation is the “greatest witch hunt in the history of the country,” and reiterated that there is no collusion. The president went on to say border coyotes, drug dealers and human traffickers are being treated better than the people involved in the probe. He also questioned why CNN was on location when his former associate was arrested.
Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019
President Trump has denied any wrongdoing as it relates to the Russia probe, and has accused the Mueller team of political bias.