The must-read pieces of the Roger Stone indictment

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Roger Stone puts his hands up and makes peace signs as he walks to microphones

Roger Stone reacts as he walks to microphones after his appearance at Federal Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after an early morning arrest on Jan. 25. He is the sixth Trump adviser to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

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Roger Stone, a self-proclaimed Republican "dirty trickster" and ally of US President Donald Trump for 40 years, was arrested on Friday on charges of lying to Congress about the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign.

Stone is one of the closest Trump associates to be charged by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to help win the election.

The 66-year-old veteran political operative was arrested by the FBI in a predawn raid at his Florida home.

The charges against him add to pressure on Trump as the newly installed Democratic majority in the House of Representatives plans to step up investigations of the president while a monthlong partial shutdown of the US government over Trump's demand for funding for a border wall drags on. 

Mueller said in court papers that Stone had advance knowledge of a plan by WikiLeaks to release the emails, which some political analysts say may have contributed to Trump's stunning election defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The indictment refers to coordination between Stone and a senior Trump campaign official, whom a source identified as Steve Bannon.

Stone was charged with seven criminal counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering and making false statements.

Here are excerpts from the 24-page indictment:

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