Roger Stone, smiling and flashing Nixon-like peace signs after coming out of a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale after being released on $250,000 surety bond, insisted Friday he was guilty of no crimes and that he will not bear "false witness" against President Donald Trump.
"I have made it clear that I will not testify against the president," Stone said, while a crowd of reporters, mixed with Stone supporter and Trump opponents met him outside the courtroom. "I intend to tell the truth. I have told the truth throughout these proceedings."
Stone's words were hard to hear while he spoke on a microphone as some in the crowd shouted "lock him up" loudly. He described himself as one of the president's oldest friends, and a "fervent supporter" who thinks Trump is doing a "great job making America great again."
He complained about how he was arrested during a predawn raid, when FBI agents arrived "in 17 vehicles" at his home, while instead his attorney could have been contacted.
"I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily," said Stone. "They characterized my wife, my dogs. I was taken to the FBI facility, although I must say the FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous."
Stone said he'll be arraigned next week in Washington D.C., and he'll plead not guilty to the charges of witness tampering, lying to Congress, and obstruction.
"I will defeat them in court," Stone said. "I believe this is a politically-motivated investigation. I am troubled by the political motivations of the prosecutors, and as I have said previously, there is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president, nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated."
Stone also said he is disturbed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office released a press release about the arrest and indictments against him even before his attorney was contacted.
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