Dem chairman on Stone arrest: 'What did the President know and when did he know it?'

Dem chairman on Stone arrest: 'What did the President know and when did he know it?'
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Friday resurfaced an infamous question from the Watergate probe following news that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE’s longtime associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media Counterprotesters outnumber far-right extremists at DC rally Judge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order MORE was indicted in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s Russia investigation.

Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, shared a list of Trump associates who have been indicted in the probe over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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The question was one poised in 1973 by former Sen. Howard Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.) in the special Senate committee that investigated the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Convention headquarters in the Watergate building.

The query has resurfaced multiple times by political pundits and news outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times throughout the course of the Mueller investigation.

Stone is the sixth associate of Trump to be charged in connection with Mueller’s expansive probe.

Stone, who worked as an informal adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, was indicted on seven counts in connection with Mueller's investigation, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

He was arrested early Friday morning during an FBI raid on his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.

According to the indictment, Stone obstructed the investigations by the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI into Russian interference in the election.

He is accused of making “multiple false statements” to the committee about his interactions with “Organization 1” — an apparent reference to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks released troves of hacked Democratic emails before the 2016 election that the U.S. intelligence community later said were utilized by Russian intelligence agents.

The indictment also 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 Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMatt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE Campaign."

"Stone thereafter told the Trump Campaign about potential future releases of damaging material by [WikiLeaks]," the document reads.

The indictment later states that after WikiLeaks released emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, "an associate of the highranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read 'well done.'"