The charges revealed Friday against former Roger Stone lay out a series of false statements and witness tampering by the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump. And they offer new clues about the extent to which Trump’s campaign sought to learn about emails the U.S. government has said were stolen by Kremlin operatives trying to help him win the presidency.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office charged Stone in a seven-count indictment with witness tampering a making false statements to Congress.
But the most consequential part of the charges might be the new light on the extent to which prosecutors think top figures in Trump’s campaign were seeking to stay in the loop about the shadowy world of WikiLeaks and stolen emails. And they show the depth of some of the evidence Mueller’s office has gathered about those episodes, including text messages and emails where Stone and others discuss contacts with WikiLeaks.