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

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE late Saturday railed against the indictment of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWould Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go 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 ClintonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.