Federal judge orders Stone released on $250K bond

A federal magistrate judge on Friday ruled that longtime GOP operative and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StonePresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.