(CNSNews.com) - Roger Stone, a Trump friend and a former Trump campaign official, is under arrest this morning after a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted him on seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding; five counts of false statements; and one count of witness tampering.
The charges against Stone do not involve Russian collusion; they involve his alleged obstruction of, and false statements to, the congressional and FBI investigations into Trump-Russia coordination.
However, in what may be a preview of future legal cases, the indictment mentions the "Trump campaign" or "Trump campaign official/officials" 28 times, mostly in connection with Stone's attempt to get information from Wikileaks that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.
Stone was arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before dawn Friday morning. Apparently he was not expecting armed FBI agents to bang on his door, but a "CNN team was on the ground," as CNN's Alisyn Camerota put it -- right there to videotape the dozen FBI agents dressed in tactical equipment as they "fanned out across the front lawn" (CNN again).
The 24-page indictment says Stone "was an official on the U.S. presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump" until August 2015, "and maintained regular contact with and publicly supported the Trump campaign through the 2016 election."
According to the indictment:
-- Around June and July 2016, Stone informed senior Trump Campaign officials that he had information indicating (Wikileaks) had documents whose release would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign.
-- After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Wikileaks, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information Wikileaks had regarding the Clinton Campaign. Stone thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by Wikileaks.
-- Stone also corresponded with associates about contacting Wikileaks in order to obtain additional emails damaging to the Clinton Campaign.
-- Starting in early August 2016...Stone made repeated statements about information he claimed to have learned from the head of (Wikileaks).
-- Beginning on or about August 19, 2016, Stone exchanged written communications, including by text message and email, with Person 2 (identified as "a radio host who had known Stone for more than a decade") about Wikileaks and what the head of Wikileaks planned to do.
-- On or about October 7, 2016, Wikileaks released the first set of emails stolen from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta. Shortly after Wikileak's release, an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to Stone that read “well done.” In subsequent conversations with senior Trump Campaign officials, Stone claimed credit for having correctly predicted the October 7, 2016 release.
-- In or around 2017, government officials publicly disclosed investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links to individuals associated with the campaigns.
And it is because of Stone's responses to those investigations that he's now under arrest.
Specifically, the indictment alleges that Stone:
-- Made multiple false statements to HPSCI (the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) about his interactions regarding Wikileaks and falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions;
-- Attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to and withhold pertinent information from the investigations.
It should be noted that while Stone allegedly was seeking damaging information about the Clinton campaign from Wikileaks, the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee were paying Fusion GPS, through a law firm, to gather information damaging to the Trump campaign. The so-called Steele dossier contained salacious and unverified information gathered by Christopher Steele from Russian sources; and eventually the FBI used the dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign volunteer.