Former Trump campaign advisor and longtime Republican activist Roger Stone announced after his early morning arrest in Florida that he would fight the charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News reported.
Stone called the charges “politically motivated” and stressed that he would not turn against President Donald Trump while apart of Mueller’s investigation.
“I will plead not guilty to these charges,” Stone told reporters, speaking over hecklers. “I will defeat them in court. This is a politically-motivated investigation.”
“I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors and as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bare false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself.
“I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated.
Fox reported that Stone at one time worked for former President Nixon and “has a tattoo of the former president on his back, flashed the Nixon V-signs in front of cameras before he spoke.”
Near the end of his press conference, the former Trump campaign consultant was asked how firm his allegiance was to the president.
Stone answered by saying, “I am one of his oldest friends. I am a fervent supporter of the president. I think he is doing a great job at making America great again.”
Stone is slated to appear on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News channel on Friday.
Stone, as well as White House officials, have stated more than once that the allegations against Stone are not related to the Trump campaign, but rather that the special council believes that Stone issued false statements.
On Friday, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said, “The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else. Rather, the indictment focuses on allegedly false statements Mr. Stone made to Congress,” according to Fox News.
When questioned by CNN, White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders stated that Stone’s arrest “This has nothing to do with the president, and certainly nothing to do with the White House.
“This is something that has to do solely with that individual and not something that affects us here in this building.”
When pressed as to the connection between the president and Stone during the Trump presidential campaign, Sanders said that “Look, Rodger Stone is someone who’s been a consultant for dozens Republican presidents and candidates and members of Congress.
“But conversations between those individuals have nothing to do with the fact of what these charges are about and that’s about whether or not he made false statements. We’ll let the courts make that decision.
“I think the biggest question is if this is the standard, will the same standard be applied to people like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Clapper.
“Will we see these same people who we know have also made false statements, will that same standard apply.”