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Roger Stone says he's not guilty and won't testify against Trump

Longtime Republican strategist and President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE vowed to fight the charges filed against him by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, saying Friday that he will plead not guilty.

Speaking to media and yelling above chants of “lock him up” from protesters, Stone — who was arrested early Friday morning — said that he would go to trial over the seven charges, including five counts of making false statements.

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“I am falsely accused of making false statements,” Stone said, after making his first appearance before a federal judge in Florida in the case, adding that he looks “forward to being vindicated.”

And Stone dug in on his previous vow not to testify against Trump, a promise that has earned him praise in the past from the president.

"There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president," Stone said, "nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself."

He made the appearance shortly after a federal magistrate judge ordered that Stone be released on a $250,000 signature bond. Stone also said that he will be arraigned in a Washington, D.C., court next week.

The Trump ally also seized the opportunity to target the FBI and Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He claimed that the FBI “terrorized” his wife and dogs with the early morning arrest and raid of his home, but also characterized the FBI agents as being exceptionally “courteous.”

And Stone labeled the Mueller probe as being “politically motivated.”

However, he declined to address whether he would or had been cooperating with the special counsel, saying that he will address the issue in court next week.

Stone was greeted with a wave of boos from the crowd as he began to make his remarks, nearly drowning out his comments. Chants of “lock him up” also broke out, a reference to a chant popular among Trump associates and supporters calling for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them MORE to be jailed.

Still, Stone smiled throughout his appearance, telling those gathered, “As I have always said, the only thing worse about being talked about is not being talked about.”

The GOP figure is facing five charges of making false statements, as well as one charge of witness tampering and another for obstruction of an official proceeding.

The majority of those charges stem from Stone's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian election interference, during which he allegedly lied about how and who he communicated with on WikiLeaks.

Updated at 1:12 p.m.