Trump’s ally Roger Stone charged with lying

Washington: Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s confidant, has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid.

Senior Trump campaign officials have been alleged of having sought to leverage the stolen material into a White House win. Stone was arrested by the FBI in a raid on Friday at his Florida home. He, however, swiftly blasted the prosecution as politically motivated.

Stone proclaimed his innocence and predicted his vindication. The seven-count indictment provides the most detail to date about how Trump campaign associates in the summer of 2016 actively sought the disclosure of emails the U.S. says were hacked by Russia and then provided to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.