Trump friend Roger Stone pleads not guilty

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at the Prettyman United States Courthouse before facing charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering January 29, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone pleaded not guilty to charges in the special counsel’s Russia investigation on Tuesday.

Stone appeared for his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Washington after spending the weekend blasting special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against him as politically motivated.

The self-proclaimed dirty trickster was arrested last week during a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home.

He is charged in a seven-count indictment with obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Prosecutors say he lied about the contents of his discussions with the Trump campaign involving WikiLeaks and hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton that the anti-secrecy group released during the 2016 campaign.

Stone is also accused of corruptly influencing the testimony of another witness.

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