Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone has been arrested in Florida, charged with witness tampering and other crimes.
Stone is indicted on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.
CNN reports that it witnessed law enforcement raid Stone’s house just after 6am ET (10pm AEDT) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Pounding on his door, one agent said: “FBI. Open the door.”
Stone opened the door.
Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and any ties to the Trump campaign, orchestrated the arrest.
Stone will appear in court later today.
Mr Mueller’s indictment states that during 2016 Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about Wikileaks “and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign. Stone was contacted by senior Trump campaign officials to inquire about future releases by” Wikileaks, which the document calls “Organisation 1”.
It states that Stone — a longtime political adviser to Mr Trump — made “multiple false statements” about his interactions regarding Wikileaks, and “falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions”, and “attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to and withhold pertinent information from the investigations”.
The document later states that on or about 4 October 2016, the head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, “held a press conference but did not release any new materials pertaining to the Clinton campaign. Shortly afterwards, Stone received an email from the high-ranking Trump campaign official asking about the status of future releases by (Wikileaks). Stone answered that the head of (Wikileaks) had a “serious security concern” but that (Wikileaks) would release ‘a load every week going forward’.”