Roger Stone, former advisor to President Donald Trump, was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts of obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and lying to federal investigators.
FBI agents stormed Stone’s Florida home early Friday morning and arrested Stone, whose connections to Wikileaks during the 2016 presidential election have been under the eye of Mueller and his team of prosecutors.
The indictment alleges that Stone discussed Wikileaks with the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and “information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign.” In July of that year, Wikileaks published hacked Democratic National Committee emails. The conversations continued through October, following subsequent Wikileaks dumps, the indictment says.
Stone also stands accused of lying to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about his connections to Wikileaks and encouraging an associate to commit perjury.
While the indictments do not accuse Stone of directly colluding with Russia, however, documents show that Stone was in cahoots with Wikileaks, which obtained emails stolen by Russia, at the behest of the Trump campaign.
This technicality led to a meltdown on Fox & Friends after news broke of Stone’s arrest.
“Everyone was speculating, ‘When is the investigation going to be complete? When is the special counsel going to wrap everything up?’” host Ainsley Earhardt asked. “What does this mean for that now? Does this mean it drags out for even more months? Because there were already rumors that it could end in February, that he could be turning in his findings in February—who knows!”
Co-host Steve Doocy added, not citing any evidence, that “this could be one of the wrap-up indictments” in Mueller’s probe. “When you look at these seven counts from the grand jury: Obstruction of an official investigation, false statements to Congress, and perhaps witness tampering, once again, where is the Russia collusion?” Doocy asked.
Fox & Friends’ first takes on the Roger Stone arrest are that the investigation is in a “wrap-up” phase, it's just a "process crime," and “once again, where is the Russia collusion?” pic.twitter.com/t2xKke5R2P
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 25, 2019
Maybe Fox should actually read the indictments?
Read the indictment, its easy to find.
— Howard Pinsky (@HowardPinsky2) January 25, 2019
Be patient, Fox News. The rest of us have to be, too. Mueller will show us in time.
— individual (@mbr12345mbr) January 25, 2019
Hmm, who could be watching and hoping for some spin?
Trying to make their audience of one feel better
— Zach Alan (@zwash300) January 25, 2019
with manafort giving internal polls to russians we are so past collusion …trump and fox need to move those goal posts to wheres the criminal conspiracy?..i think they will have that one soon so they will move it to..wheres the treason?
— suns dial (@sunsdial) January 25, 2019
— Otherwise Blameless United Slats of America (@scott_calhoun23) January 25, 2019
Who will watch Fox & Friends when the only viewer they care about is in jail??
— Exhausted Too (@exhaustedtoo) January 25, 2019
Let’s find out now. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/FpgiBSOdSh
— Inane Foibles🇺🇸🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@inanefoibles) January 25, 2019
Later on, co-host Ed Henry said the charges against Stone are serious.