Trump points to 'total phony conjob' dossier, 'fake news' in railing against Stone indictment

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE late Saturday railed against the indictment of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered MORE, insisting that he did not work with his longtime confidant "anywhere near the Election" and complaining that the focus should instead be on obstacles his campaign faced in 2016.

In a series of tweets, Trump cited allegations in Stone's indictment that data was released during the 2016 campaign to damage then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIt is wrong to say 'no collusion' 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin MORE.

The president suggested he was subject to similar campaigns, pointing to the so-called Steele dossier, which he dubbed a "total phony conjob."

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The dossier contained several salacious allegations, some of which were unverified, about Trump's relationship to Russia. The dossier was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017, after the election.

The president also argued via Twitter he was subjected to "one sided Fake Media coverage (collusion with Crooked H?)," and "bias by Facebook and many others." 

Some Republicans have levied allegations that Facebook and other social media platforms are biased against conservatives, a charge those companies have sought to address.

Trump has sought to distance himself from Stone in the wake of his arrest on Friday morning.

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE allege Stone lied to Congress about his interactions regarding WikiLeaks, the organization that released hacked emails from high-level Democrats that U.S. intelligence officials later tied to a broader plot by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.

Stone is also accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference.

Stone, an informal adviser on Trump's 2016 campaign, has professed his innocence and maintained he will not testify against the president. 

With Stone's arrest, six former Trump associates have been implicated in Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The White House has insisted in each case that the president did nothing wrong.