Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone was arrested on Friday morning in Mueller probe. One count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.
In addition to serving as a frequent campaign advisor, Stone was previously a political lobbyist. In 1980, he co-founded the Washington, D.C.–based lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone with principals Paul Manafort and Charles R. Black Jr.The firm recruited Peter G. Kelly and was renamed Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly in 1984.During the 1980s, BMSK became a top lobbying firm by leveraging its White House connections to attract high-paying clients including U.S. corporations, trade associations, and foreign governments. By 1990, it was one of the leading lobbyists for American companies and foreign organizations.
Stone is the subject of a Netflix documentary film, titledGet Me Roger Stone, which focuses on his past and on his role in the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump.Stone first suggested Trump run for President in the spring of 1998 while Stone was Trump’s casino business lobbyist in Washington.
During the campaign, Stone frequently promoted conspiracy theories, including the false claim that Clinton aide Huma Abedin was connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.In December 2018, as part of a defamation settlement, Stone agreed to retract a false claim he had made during the campaign: that Guo Wengui had donated to Hillary Clinton.
During the 2016 campaign, Stone was accused by Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta of having prior knowledge of the publishing by WikiLeaks of Podesta’s private emails obtained by a hacker.Stone tweeted before the leak, “It will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel”. Five days before the leak, Stone tweeted, “Wednesday Hillary Clinton is done. #Wikileaks.”Stone has denied having any advance knowledge of the Podesta email hack or any connection to Russian intelligence, stating that his earlier tweet was referring to reports of the Podesta Group’s own ties to Russia. In his opening statement before the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2017, Stone reiterated this claim: “Note that my tweet of August 21, 2016, makes no mention, whatsoever, of Mr. Podesta’s email, but does accurately predict that the Podesta brothers’ business activities in Russia … would come under public scrutiny.”
In March 2017, the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Stone to preserve all documents related to any Russian contacts.The Committee Vice Chair, Senator Mark Warner, called on Stone to testify before the committee, saying he “hit the trifecta” of shady dealings with Russia. Stone denied any wrongdoing in an interview onReal Time with Bill Maheron March 31, 2017, and claimed he was willing to testify before the committee.
In May 2018, Stone’s social media consultant, Jason Sullivan, was issued grand jury subpoenas from the Mueller investigation.
In 1999, Stone credited his facial appearance to “decades of following a regimen of Chinese herbs, breathing therapies, tai chi and acupuncture.”Stone wears a diamond pinkie ring in the shape of a horseshoe and in 2007 he had Richard Nixon’s face tattooed on his back.As of 2007, he owned five Jaguar cars and five Yorkshire Terriers.In 2016, he claimed in aNewsweekinterview that at least two of his dogs have been poisoned.He has said: “I like English tailoring, I like Italian shoes. I like French wine. I like vodka martinis with an olive, please. I like to keep physically fit.”
Stone’s office in Florida has been described as a “Hall of Nixonia” with framed pictures, posters, and letters associated with Nixon. Exceptions are a poster of a stripper and a photo of him standing by a pool with a bikini-clad pornographic film actress, Nina Hartley.