Federal judge orders Stone released on $250K bond

A federal magistrate judge on Friday ruled that longtime GOP operative and President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills New filing suggests Mueller has evidence Stone communicated with WikiLeaks MORE is not a flight risk and can be released on a $250,000 signature bond.

NBC News reported that the judge determined during Stone’s first appearance in federal court after his arrest Friday morning that he could be released.

CNN reported that Stone told the judge that he does not have a current passport, as his is expired. He will also not have to pay any money as part of the bond, as long as he appears during all upcoming court proceedings.

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Stone will appear shortly before the media gathered in front of the federal courthouse.

Stone was arrested Friday after a grand jury on Thursday indicted him on seven charges as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The FBI also raided his residences in Florida and New York, a departure from the treatment of other persons indicted as part of Mueller's probe.

Federal prosecutors have charged Stone with obstructing probes into Russian election interference by making false statements related to claims he made suggesting prior knowledge of WikiLeaks's release of damaging Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election.