President Donald Trump's longtime friend and veteran political operative Roger Stone has been indicted on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
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One colorful section of the 24-page indictment details Stone’s alleged witness tampering of "Person 2," in which Stone warns that prosecutors will take away the intermediary's beloved dog and tells him, when testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, to pull a “Frank Pentangeli,” a character in "The Godfather: Part II" who pretends he doesn't know critical information that he does, in fact, know. In the movie, Pentageli then lies before Congress because he's intimidated into silence by Vito Corleone, the don of the fictional Mafia empire.
Stone was arrested and was expected in court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later Friday.
The indictment below was filed on Thursday and released Friday: