>> Roger Stone!>> Yeah, Roger!>> Roger Stone back in federal court Tuesday, in Washington, DC. For his arraignment on charges he lied to Congress about his connection to Wikileaks, and email stolen from Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. He pleaded not guilty to seven criminal counts, including witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
The Republican operative and Trump ally has being anything but quiet since his arrest Friday.>> I must say, I don't understand who Mr. Mueller is accountable to.>> The White House, on Monday, left open the chance that Stone, the latest in Trump's inner circle to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, could be pardoned by President Trump.
>> Has the President ruled out a pardon for Roger Stone?>> I'm not aware that, haven't had any conversations regarding that matter.>> So what does Stone's arraignment mean for the President? Reuters correspondent, Nathan Layne.>> I think one thing that jumped out to a lot of people in the Roger Stone indictment was the tie to the Trump campaign.
There were multiple Trump campaign officials, not by-named, but mentioned as having spoken with Roger Stone, communicated with Roger Stone about his knowledge of what WikiLeaks had. A lot of legal experts have made much about a certain passage in the indictment. Which talks about a senior person in the Trump campaign having directed someone to reach out to Roger Stone.
It obviously raises question, is that President Trump himself?>> Despite vehemently defending Trump throughout Mueller's investigation, Stone, on Sunday, told ABC News he was open to cooperating with the special counsel. But a day later, said he did not intend to do so. Reuters, on Monday, interviewed Jerome Corsi, the right-wing commentator and conspiracy theorist.
Who said last week that he is the, quote, person one cited in the indictment as having communicated with Stone about the Wikileaks emails.>> One of the things that, of course, he told me ,was that he is ready to testify in a Roger Stone case. I think there's probably gonna, at the end of this thing, not gonna be a lot of love lost between Corsi and Stone.
>> I'm gonna let the chips fall where they may. If it's for Roger's benefit, or not for Roger's benefit, so be it. But I'm gonna tell the truth to the best of my ability, which is hard.>> Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker turned heads Monday, when he delivered the news that Mueller's probe is nearing its close.
>> The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible>> The White House denies any wrongdoing by the president.