Former NFL player tweets about Stone arrest
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson revealed Friday that he is neighbors with President Trump’s informal adviser Roger Stone and was witness to Stone’s early-morning arrest on charges brought by the special counsel probe.
Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, tweeted that FBI agents arrested Stone before Johnson went jogging shortly after multiple news outlets reported that Stone had been arrested at his Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., home after being charged with obstruction, witness tampering and five counts of making false statements under oath.
“FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog, I’ve only seen shit like that in movies, crazy to start to my Friday,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog, I’ve only seen shit like that in movies, crazy to start to my Friday
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) January 25, 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday that Stone had made “multiple false statements” to the House Intelligence Committee about his contacts with an organization not identified in court papers but widely thought to be WikiLeaks, the website created by Julian Assange that posted thousands of stolen emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
An indictment filed Friday states that 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],” the filings continue.
Stone has long maintained that he had no contacts with Russia during the 2016 campaign, while telling associates for months that he expected to be indicted by the special counsel.
A second former Trump campaign official, Paul Manafort, is due in court Friday to battle accusations from the special counsel that he repeatedly lied to investigators about his contacts with a Russian associate suspected to have ties to the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies.
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